Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Medical Marijuana Initiative "Too Broad" (UPDATE)

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Update: National Press Secretary for the Democratic Party Mike Czin has released a statement concerning Wasserman Schultz's comments.

"She was speaking as a mom and a member of congress on her personal concerns on a local issue," Czin says. "The Democratic National Committee has not taken an official position on this ballot initiative. We leave it to the good people of Florida to make that decision."

Original post:
Medical marijuana's biggest financial backer, John Morgan, is speaking out against U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz's stance on medical marijuana.

Wasserman Schultz voted against a bill that would prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration from targeting medical marijuana operations in states where it is legal.

Wasserman Schulz released a statement over her vote, saying that she doesn't believe "it is appropriate to limit the Executive Branch's ability to enforce current federal law at their discretion."

In her statement, however, she also took the stance that Amendment 2 is written too broadly, using the pill-mill argument some anti-medical weed groups have been using to justify her vote against the bill.

See also: Medical Marijuana DEA Raids Restricted Thanks to House Vote

Wasserman Shultz says she backs medical marijuana, and believes in the treatment of certain ailments with medical weed.

But, she says, Florida's ballot initiative to get medical marijuana legalized concerns her.

"I have concerns that it is written too broadly and stops short of ensuring strong regulatory oversight from state officials," Wasserman Shultz says in her statement. "Other states have shown that lax oversight and ease of access to prescriptions can lead to abuse, fraud, and accidents. Also, given Florida's recent history in combating the epidemic of 'pill mills' and dubious distinction as having among the highest incidents of fraud, I do not believe we should make it easier for those seeking to abuse the drug to have easy access to it.

"As a cancer survivor, mother and lawmaker, I am acutely empathetic to the suffering of people with terminal illnesses and chronic pain. My view is that approval of the use of marijuana as a medical treatment should be handled responsibly and in a regulated manner that ensures its approval does not do more harm than good."

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed an amendment that would restrict the DEA from targeting medical marijuana operations in states where it is legal.

The amendment, which was spearheaded by California Representative Dana Rohrabacher's amendment to the 2015 Justice Department appropriations bill, passed by a vote of 219-189.

What this means for Florida, where marijuana -- medical or otherwise -- is still illegal, is that should the legalization of medical marijuana pass in November, the feds can no longer interfere with the state's laws in regards to medical pot.

Morgan, Chairman for United for Care, and donor of over $4 million into the Amendment 2 campaign, fired back in a statement of his own saying, among other things, that the Democratic chair is lining herself up with the likes of Pam Bondi and Rick Scott.

"In the age of progressive politics I am highly disappointed in DNC Chair Wasserman Schultz," Morgan says. "She obviously doesn't understand the benefits of medical marijuana and hasn't bothered to understand Amendment 2, either. Sanjay Gupta and the highly trained doctors in Israel could teach her a lot. She was irrelevant in the Democratic Party before this, now she is siding with Pam Bondi and Rick Scott. I have removed her from my contacts. She should switch parties. She is neither compassionate nor progressive."

United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara added, "Ms. Wasserman Schultz says she feels Amendment 2 is too broad, but in fact it's quite specific. It establishes the right of a physician to recommend medical marijuana to a patient with a debilitating condition if its use would offer that patient relief."

Meanwhile, another pro-medical weed group, Americans for Safe Access, has decided to go after Wasserman Shultz in an ad:

As of last month, a Quinnipiac poll revealed that 88 percent of Floridians back medical marijuana.

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garybt7
garybt7

Guessing she grew up during the Reagan Adm.,all she knows is that"just say no"nonsense. There for she has no perception that all Marijuana laws should be REPEALED.

TallyHoHoHo
TallyHoHoHo

I realize that the DEA has made Weston their new headquarters and Debbie Wasserman is responsible for bringing the DEA to her district... but use some common sense here, 88% of Floridians are for medical marijuana, the DEA is a corrupt agency and Debbie's alignment with the DEA amounts to one big detail; She has lost her party's confidence. We need a new DNC chair, she's obviously got the wrong motives to hold that position...

http://www.floridatoday.com/story/news/local/2014/05/05/poll-support-medical-marijuana-florida/8724543/


haseo135
haseo135

Shes a moron!  The Cannabis use is supposed to be broad because it's poised to replace the following more addictive and dangerous prescriptions! Oh she must be for the following: Opiate addiction, Morphine addiction, Anti-Depressant addiction, PTSD, and overall healthier recreational uses than Alcohol or Cigarettes!  

She is ignorant, If you are worried about your children, then have an age limit for non-medical use; I mean if you have to oppose something have a logical thought about it. Florida already has an issue  with medical fraud and pill abuse, Cannabis being legalized wouldnt stop that and in fact may even prevent people who want medication for pills, instead turn to medical cannabis instead. 

It shouldn't even be an issue, you can't abuse Cannabis; Any withdrawal from it is no worse than caffeine withdrawal. 


This is a case where a person was raised to believe something is evil, but when later the idea changed on it, now it's a life saver and safer recreation.

I have never smoked in my life, but if it can't keep me from addictive anti-depressants, so be it. What she fails to realize that this is a panacea!


A cure-all for many issues because that's what panacea means. 

Let me just make this clear " Don't talk ill about something you don't understand."

If you are against this change you are against the well-being of others. 

The only thing I hate about cannabis, is what it turns irresponsible people into. 

And there will always be irresponsible people out there,

You keeping something illegal, something that our founding fathers used repeatedly, makes you the monster. 

You are not even protecting people, you are making their lives worse by sending them to jail for something so small and harmless. 


luce
luce

She'll either have to reverse her opinion or get voted out of office. This sly prohibitionist hid behind rhetoric for years but now it's time to pay up to the American people. Dump her! Vote her out of a job.

KennyPowersII
KennyPowersII topcommenter

Wonder if she would come out on the other side of the argument if it was proven that use of MJ would significantly reduce the size of the ass & thighs of the user? Sorry. Couldn't help myself for this bad attempt at humor.

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