Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

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3. Pam Bondi
While Florida's attorney general wants kids to be able to walk into a Walmart and buy themselves an assault rifle, people using medical marijuana to alleviate debilitating and crippling diseases is where she draws the line. When the initiative to put medical marijuana on the voting ballot was being proposed, there was no bigger and louder opponent than Bondi.

When the initiative's wording was in question and went to the state's Supreme Court, Bondi went strong to the hoop to kill it before the justices could even get a chance to breathe. Bondi accused the group responsible for the initiative, People United for Medical Marijuana, of "hiding the ball." She basically said that if the amendment is passed, doctors will just give away free pot to anyone with the sniffles willy-nilly.

"Any physician could approve marijuana for seemingly any reason to seemingly any person [of any age] -- including those without any 'debilitating disease,'" she said in a letter written to the Florida Supreme Court. "So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use 'would likely outweigh' the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it."

The Supreme Court eventually OK'd the initiative, and the people of Florida will be the ones deciding on medical marijuana in November. But you can bet Bondi will be waiting in the weeds (pun!) between now and then, waiting to say more things about how The Pot is bad.

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4. Will Weatherford
Among those who joined Bondi in the fight against The Evil Spread of Pot was Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford. The speaker basically echoed Bondi's assertion that, should medical marijuana be legalized, it would open the door for people who didn't even have anything wrong with them to get a prescription. Not only is Weatherford opposed to medical marijuana; he can't even come up with an original thought.

Senate President and fellow Republican Don Gaetz had joined Weatherford at the time, saying medical marijuana was of The Fruits From The Devil's Loins.

Yet Gaetz recently came around on the issue and cosponsored the Charlotte's Web bill.

Weatherford, meanwhile, is unmoved.

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day1kmm
day1kmm

Since smoking is a major concern let me start there. The absolute best purpose for smoking cannabis is as an expectorant. For those who are allergic to guaifenesin, the expectorant used in most cough and cold medications, it can be a life saver. It can be the difference between suffocating on ones own mucus and coughing it out and opening the breathing airways. It can prevent pneumonia by allowing the mucus to be coughed out.

The other main reasons for smoking are almost instant relief and titration. If one is vomiting, eating is not always possible. Waiting 40 minutes to an hour or longer for something eaten to work doesn’t usually work when vomiting is involved because what was eaten usually gets thrown up, so a few puffs to stop the vomiting can be the best solution for the patient at the time.


For many patients a small amount is all they need. Parkinson’s patients report it takes 1 - 4 puffs generally to stop the tremors. By smoking it provides the relief almost instantly. They can titrate, use what they need, 1 puff at a time. You can’t do that so easily when eating something that takes 40 minutes to over an hour to work. Why should an elderly Parkinson’s patient or anyone with ailment that cause tremors or spasms, or vomiting have to wait for relief when it could be instantly?


Consuming cannabis by eating food infused with cannabis extracts such as cannabis butter or oil is a very safe way to medicate. It bypasses the hypothalamus, a plus for many patients, for others it helps but does not provide as complete of a relief. Patients learn what works best for them and their own endocanninoid system.


Topical use if effective for such a wide variety of issues, as discussed anti-biotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, but also for pain, inflammation, gout, skin care, even skin cancer. There are 2 main different types of cannabis oil, one is for cooking, baking and food the other, is often called RSO or Rick Simpson Oil named so after the man who rediscovered it and has been educating the world about it. RSO is made different and kills cancer in several ways. While even the cooking/baking oil can be helpful for pain it take the RSO oil topically to kill skin cancer. For an internal cancer one needs to consume the RSO to kill the cancer, smoking it won’t work, you need a far higher dose than smoking can provide.


The following effects of cannabis is how it kills cancer Anti-Proliferative - prevents cells from reproducing, Anti-Angiogenic - prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow, Anti-Metastatic - prevents cancer from spreading to other organs, Apoptotic - induces cell to seek it’s own death.

But don’t take my word for it. -

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY


day1kmm
day1kmm

Dr William L. Courtney, who has been studying the benefits of raw cannabis and that he states, "It (cannabis) has captures these molecules that help our bodies regulatory system be more effective. The bottom line is it's a dietary essential that helps all 210 cell types function more effectively”. He further states, “ I don't even refer to it as medicine anymore, strictly as a dietary essential". Cannabis is widely accepted and referred to as a nutraceutical, which is “Food, or parts of food, that provide medical or health benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease”. We all have an endocannabinoid system that regulates the homeostasis of the other systems in our bodies by means of cannabinoids. We run on cannabinoids.


In raw fresh form cannabis is loaded with health benefits and will not get one high. It’s been said it has 60 times the healing properties compared to smoking because nothing gets burned, but instead consumed. It is the process of drying cannabis that turns THCA into THC. THCA is not psychoactive. One can consume raw fresh cannabis all day and never get high from it. A daily glass of cannabis juice has phenomenal healing properties and has saved lives, killed cancer, healed other diseases and brought those at deaths door back to a healthy life. 


As a Florida patient who has proven to the court that I need it or I will die as they watched me deteriorate to the point of near toxic death, over a two and a half year court ordeal, and witnessed the amazing recovery once allowed to use the medicine again, I have a complete understanding of the critical value of the nutraceutical, the medicine, and the nature of plant/human relationship. My body slowly over time shuts down starting with my digestive system. I set out to understand why the medicine worked so well for me so I could explain it to the court. What I learned was amazing, emotionally overwhelming, and life altering. Once you understand that our bodies use cannabinoids for everything and it is a necessary nutrient for the human body to function and that in it natural raw state it is nothing but health in an herb, how can one come to any other conclusion other than it should be legal to grow in every back yard on the planet, sold in the produce department of every grocery store, served commonly in salads and as a sandwich topping, and a glass of fresh raw cannabis juice a should be as common as a glass of orange juice or apple juice. As a population control measure one may want to continue the illegality of the plant, but then that is genocide, an unacceptable practice by any government isn’t it? Do we outlaw grapes because they can be made into wine? Pharmaceutical companies continue to manufacture new addictive deadly drugs at an alarming rate, yet no one seems concerned over that. Why should cannabis medicine be treated different from any other medicine? It is simply an herbal medicine that drug companies considered a waste of time knowing they can not patent it in it best form. I think that was a huge mistake on their part, they could be manufacturing and selling RSO capsules now and bring an end to cancer as we know it, had they taken it seriously. Now we have a new industry that will continue to make strides in healing the masses. We have American Medicine and it works for many, yet there are other widely accepted forms of medicine. Medical cannabis is considered holistic medicine in many areas of the country. It has always been a part of Ayurvedic, Chinese and Korean medicines. Cannabis was widely used as medicine in this nation until 1937. Now science understands the connection between the plant and humans, it is time the nation accepts cannabis medicine as a science. In addition to American Medicine we currently have Chiropractic, Holistic, Herbal and Ayurvedic medicine being practiced here. There is room for cannabis medicine, the practice of medicine based on the endocannabinoid system and using cannabis to treat it.


Humans will always use an intoxicant. Cannabis is safer than alcohol for mind, body, and society. If we are a free nation we should have a legal choice of relaxants. Cannabis being the “Safest substance known to mankind”, according to the DEA’s Chief Administrative Law Judge Francis L. Young, and never being the cause of a single death, should be legal to grow in every backyard on the planet. Is medical use a baby step to legalization, NO, it is a baby step to understanding the human/plant relationship we have with cannabis. 


Since cannabis is the only thing that keeps my body functioning, (even my doctor and lawyer will atest to that) and I have seen and read of the thousands it helps in everything from seizures to cancer when all of modern medicines fail, I believe the government MUST legalize it, not doing so is a genocide, or forced chemical medical slavery. I have seen the damages of pharmaceuticals. The leading cause of addiction today is pharmaceuticals which are damaging to the body. Cannabis is a proven nutraceutical and consumed raw and fresh makes all 210 cell types work better. I believe every person on the planet should have safe legal access to such an amazing health benefit. The health of your children or grandchildren may depend on it.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

They will continue to spout their nonsense but they will lose. The science, and the public, are on our side on this issue. 


Drug abuse is bad, prohibition is much worse. 


I am a retired Law Enforcement officer, Medical Marijuana patient and speaker for www.LEAP.CC (Law Enforcement Against Prohibition) and we fully support Florida's efforts to end MJ Prohibition. 


Keep up the good fight, educate the populace and work towards getting them to the polls and there will be one less travesty committed under the guise of protecting the public from a beneficial plant. 


End the madness and the suffering. Support ending the anti-science ban on MMJ 

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

You will see them leave with their tails between their legs.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@day1kmm What an amazingly well thought out group of points! Are you an activist on this issue? If not, you really should consider it. We need more people like you. 


Reach out to me if you are interested in becoming more active on this issue. (If your not already, but based on your post I am assuming you are. :) )


Keep up the good work! Educating those ignorant to the benefits of this amazing herb will assure us victory in November!

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@RPF2012 Wow, just wow..... That is what the media should be reporting on and not all the stupid crap that is cluttering up their "News" broadcasts now.

vickersplasma
vickersplasma

real genocide in Florida was the prescription drug oxycodin they killed up to 7 per day, and destroy the lives of thousands more, let's not a elephant in a donkey costume that let this happen.

tobacco kills thousands every day that profits many evil people. pot kills no one in scientific fact it does help. who would help me deal with browardjustious they took my ablity to work seems because I was getting in the way of the real drug dealers pushing and protecting drugs that kill and destroy.

The best justice system hard drug money can buy.

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