Florida Sheriffs Launch Medical Marijuana Opposition Campaign

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Weirdly, the FSA was outspoken about getting the Charlotte's Web bill pushed through, which by definition, has it admitting that marijuana can be medicinal.

"Charlotte's Web," which is a strain of marijuana that has had the THC levels -- the stuff in weed that gets you high -- removed, is used to help children who suffer from a rare form of epilepsy.

The bill passed a Florida House Judiciary Committee earlier this week, which would make it legal to prescribe Charlotte's Web to the kids who need it.

Because, it's medicinal.

In response to the "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" campaign, United for Care sent out an email blast asking supporters for donations.

"The [FSA] just backed a very narrow strain of medical marijuana usable for epilepsy -- so there is no dispute that marijuana is actually medicine," United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara wrote. "Apparently, they're willing to turn their backs on all of the other patients who are in need."

There was never doubt that Amendment 2 would start to meet serious resistance that went past just the kooks who say dumb things about marijuana.

But the FSA's organized campaign poses a serious threat, which means the fight to get Amendment 2 passed is very much on.


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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

### Feds Raid Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries -- Lawyer Indicted ###


DENVER - VIP Cannabis was raided once again by DEA agents on Wednesday morning, according to 9Wants To Know Reporter Jeremy Jojola.


The fire department was on the scene early Wednesday morning at the corner of Federal and Alameda boulevards.


Jojola noticed two safes had been cracked by agents and saw one agent pull out papers.


This raid is in relation to the four men, including a Denver attorney, who were indicted in federal court and are accused of funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars from Colombia to Colorado medical marijuana operations.

On Wednesday morning, the Department of Justice released the following statement:


"The Drug Enforcement Administration, Internal Revenue Service -- Criminal Investigation, Diplomatic Security Service, U.S. Marshals Service and the Denver Police Department, along with state and local law enforcement, this morning executed lawfully obtained search and seizure warrants. As this relates to a long-term on-going criminal investigation, no additional information will be made available."


The indictments relate to the November 2013 medical cannabis raids in which DEA agents seized evidence from area marijuana shops and warehouses.

ethernot
ethernot

Their ridiculous assertions are such obvious, bald-faced lies that they will end up doing their "cause" more harm then good.  That's why support for cannabis prohibition has been steadily eroding; there aren't more people in favor of weed than before, just more people who are rejecting the lies.

joetrophoto
joetrophoto

Yeah, why would Florida want a hundred million dollars in new tax revenue every year while taking a burden off of law enforcement? Beats me.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

One more thing... It is the job of these sheriffs to enforce the law, not to make or influence the laws. If these sheriffs and deputies want to lobby against legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes, they should not be allowed to do so in uniform or identifying themselves as officers of the law.

Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

These people aren't opposing cannabis because it's harmful; they're opposing it because of the funding their departments stand to lose from the change in the law - from federal funding AND seized property/assets/cash/vehicles. Nowhere is the gap between ethics and the law as wide as it is with regards to cannabis laws, and these officers know it.

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

These dysfunctional sheriffs are going to lose their ability to finger rectums and vaginas as they search marijuana suspects for contraband.  Just imagine your daughter being eyeballed by one of these perverted sheriffs and legalize this pathetic excuse as fast as possible.



Dan K. Alexander
Dan K. Alexander

These guys are worried about their bullshit jobs, nothing else.

Katie Eisert
Katie Eisert

I'm guessing those who oppose this have not had a love one die and suffer horribly from cancer! The different strains all do very different things had there been access to a dispensary here in Florida it could have very much eased my love ones pain when nothing else could, not to mention the nausea and vomiting which was constant. Having access to a dispensary would have given us the ability to choose which strain that would be best for their specific need. Many people with very serious illnesses suffer greatly, marijuana has helped these individuals in ways that modern medicine can't or has done very poorly to aid in their suffering.

Pete Glocker
Pete Glocker

"Don't make us lose money because our arrests will go down and the private for-profit prisons will lose inmates"

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

It needs to be called "Don't make us have to actually fight crime instead of just busting non violent pot users".

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

@ethernot  Recreational marijuana got more votes in Colorado during the 2012 election than Obama did.    

Marijuana never should have been illegal to begin with.  Minority rights are supposed to be protected.  There was an amendment to make alcohol illegal, why? 


BATF needed jobs after making alcohol legal again and the marijuana prohibition job program was created.


n.k.vegoinre
n.k.vegoinre

@joetrophoto One key reason is the civil/criminal forfeiture laws. Essentially under these laws, law enforcement has the right to lay claim to any and all assets "related" to your possession, use, trade, (or conspiracy to perform any of these) of cannabis. In doing so law enforcement typically places these assets in a "trust" fund (or slush fund), and they use to fill holes in their department budgets (among other things). Essentially by legalizing, we are cutting these guys off of a direct revenue stream, and instead allowing the state to collect taxes which may or may not be directly passed down to law enforcement for their budgets. #Yeson2

ccsmommy
ccsmommy

@jose257  you are obscenely gross. You must have had a number of run-ins with law enforcement to be so vindictive. I hope you never have to call 911 for assistance. If I ran the sheriffs department, I'd note your address and phone number and when you call in on an emergency,  I'd put you on hold.

ccsmommy
ccsmommy

spoken like someone on unemployment They put their lives on the line daily to protect and serve. They don't want to see kids in Florida stoned and useless, drooling in the unemployment lines....that's what will happen if pot is legalized. Grow some.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

Katie, I agree wholeheartedly A line of duty injury to my spinal cord left me unable to even move without assistance and that was despite being on massive amounts of painkillers, anti-spasmatics, anti-siezure meds,  and 11 other drugs. 


Fortunately for me I lived in an MMJ state at the time and had the good fortune to run into a doctor who talked me into giving it a try.(something I was resistant to try at the time as I expected to be able to return to my career as a peace officer.)  

It worked amazingly and in less than 2 months I was off virtually ALL the pharmaceutical drugs they had me on and with increased physical abilities to boot! 


This was the first step in me becoming an activist on this issue. I lost over a year of my life to misery and pain and I can't help but blame those that imposed these short sighted prohibition policies into place for me having to suffer for so long and lose so much and I'll be damned if I leave my other fellow citizens at the mercy of these ignorant reefer madness types without a fight.

Don't let ignorance perpetuate more suffering. Pass the MMJ amendment in November!


anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

Very good point, over half of our inmate population is incarceratied for non-violent drug arrests. 


And yet, we are letting murders, rapisits and child molesters out on early parole due to overcrowding every day. 


Yeah, that makes perfect sense... Lets keep doing that.... <Sigh>

ccsmommy
ccsmommy

If you think pot users are non-violent you must live with your head in the sand. They're addicts and they'll do whatever they need to do to get their "fix". And when pot doesn't do it for them anymore, they'll graduate to something stronger. Some night when you're pulling $40 from an ATM and a stoner needs a fix he'll just ask you kindly for a twenty to get him through the night. Right.,

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@DonkeyHotay @joetrophotoWhat a well thought reasoned response DonkeyHotay... Which is why we will beat the pants off of you idiotic science deniers in November. :) 


Have a terrific day!

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

@ccsmommy @jose257 Thank you for proving my point.  You represent everything I expect out of government.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@ccsmommy What makes you think they don't already have access to MJ? They do because people like you drive the transaction into the criminal marketplace, and the criminal marketplace does not card children. 


When was the last time you seen a dealer on a corner selling Coors or Jack Daniels? You don't.... You wanna know why? Because we sell it to legal adults in a regulated market and made the penalties very high for those that would contribute to the delinquency of a minor. 

Lets face it, if kids want drugs they already have access to them. It is our jobs as parents and responsible members of the community to prevent our children from abusing drugs by educating them, not incarcerating them and ruining their future. 

I am a retired peace officer and I have seen the damage the war on drugs has inflicted on our youth and our poor in a disproportionate amount. Prohibition has damaged more lives than drug abuse. 

This is a case of the cure being worse than the disease. 

Check out LEAP.CC - Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (I am a Speaker for this group.) is a group of active and retired members of the judicial and law enforcement community that is striving to educate our community about the ravages this failed social policy called the war on drugs has inflicted on our society. Please check out the information we have available for you. 

You might be surprised by what you learn if you don't approach the issue with your blinders on. 

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

@ccsmommy  There are millions of people who smoke pot and are very productive.  You don't hear about them because they keep to themselves.  There are always going to be lazy and poor people whether marijuana is legal or not.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@ccsmommy And MJ is not physically addictive therefore they cannot be "addicts."


Please do a little research and don't just spout prohibitionist claptrap.


The science is firmly on our side on this issue and supporting denying sick people access to a safe, effective medicinal herb makes you look both ignorant and cruel.


Also, Jose257's comment was spot on. Dealers do the old, "Bait and Switch" move on our kids. "Oh, Sorry, I don't have any MJ today, but I do have THIS! It's great! The high is cheaper and last's longer!" 


That is the true gateway. So by demanding prohibition remain in force you are actually making the streets and community less safe. It's pretty obvious when you research this that prohibition in general is the bigger problem.

jose257
jose257 topcommenter

@ccsmommy You have no idea what you're talking about.  The only reason pot smokers move on to something stronger is because marijuana is only sold on the black market along with other drugs that should be illegal and separated.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@jose257 ... you really are a delusional imbecile, aren't you?



jose257
jose257 topcommenter

@DonkeyHotay @jose257 If they plea bargain they're in trouble.  If they go to court they can get the DEA to perjure themselves by saying that marijuana is Schedule I with no medical use.  Then they can sue for racketeering.

anthonycincotti
anthonycincotti

@jose257 @ccsmommyWell said Jose, I know many professionals that engaged in recreational MJ use. Doctor's, Lawyers, and yes, even judges and cops.


It is no different (and far less damaging) than having a couple cocktails or glasses of wine after a long, hard shift. I bet you wouldn't want to deny them that right? Or are you out there right now waving signs and hanging banners to repeal Prop. 20 too?


So what your argument is reduced to is, "I am against anything people do to relax that I do not do and happen to find morally offensive for no logical reason." 



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