Ten Reasons to Vote Against Medical Marijuana in Florida
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9. Softening attitudes toward marijuana put children at risk.
"The science shows us that one out of every six kids who starts using marijuana will become addicted. That's not a controversy; that's a scientific fact. If you start in adulthood, one in ten or one in 11 adults [will become addicted to marijuana]. The adolescent brain is under construction until about age 25 or 28. Anything that comes into contact with your brain has the potential to stay with you your whole life -- good things and bad things. One of those bad things are drugs. Marijuana has that distinction going in one in every six 16-year-olds will become addicted. I don't think writers of the petition want kids to become addicted, but when we increase the acceptability and normalization [of marijuana] -- look at what's happening in Colorado and California. Do Floridians want their state to look like that? That's the question the needs to be asked. That's all it comes down to in November."
8. There are alternatives to medical marijuana legalization.
"There are clinical trials and scientific programs [those who are suffering or have loved ones suffering from a debilitating disease] can enroll in. If you have cancer or uncontrollable muscular spasticity or your child has Dravet syndrome, there are scientific programs to enroll to get marijuana-derived medications in a safe way. Those are being sanctioned by the FDA. On the other hand, I don't begrudge anybody from getting anything that they want to make themselves or their loved ones feel better. But this is the right way to do it in Florida."