Ten Reasons to Vote Against Medical Marijuana in Florida
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7. Marijuana possession arrests are higher in lower-income neighborhoods where African-Americans and Hispanics are unfairly targeted. But passing medical marijuana will not solve social injustice.
"I would say that all crimes are focused too much on minorities. So the idea that you can legalize marijuana and solve social justice and move forward is laughable, I think. Secondly, more importantly, the alcohol model shows us that alcohol is much more prevalent. There are eight times as many liquor stores in poor neighborhoods than upper-class neighborhoods. You want to look at rates, look at any form of drug. If you wanna look at what the lottery does, it targets the poor. Those are legal and addictive things. Legalization of marijuana is going to contribute more disparity, not less."
6. CBD is fine, but Amendment 2 is not just about passing CBD.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a component in marijuana and is said to offer medically beneficial properties without the psychoactive properties of THC. Some growers in states where weed is legal are specifically growing strains heavy on CBD. Says Sabet: "[CBD] would be for a very small population. I do think that would be a good example of a medicine at a pharmacy that's CBD-derived. That's fine. That's good. We have to do more research and have it available at pharmacies. Passing this initiative is not going to be putting CBD into people's hands. We aren't going to know what we're getting. There is no oversight. There isn't going to be any independent body looking to see what's actually in the medication."