Medical Marijuana: Alan Clendenin, Florida Democratic Vice Chair, Breaks With Wasserman Schultz on Amendment 2

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The backlash over Debbie Wasserman Schultz's opposition to the amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has trickled into Monday with the vice chairman of the Florida Democratic Party publicly separating himself from Wasserman Schultz's stance.

Alan Clendenin sent out a news release proclaiming his support for Amendment 2 while sending out what seems to be a veiled shot at Wasserman Shultz's comments from last week.

See also: Debbie Wasserman Schultz Calls Medical Marijuana Initiative "Too Broad"

"It confounds me to see there are still some that would deprive their family members and friends suffering from debilitating disease appropriate medical care recommended by their physician," Clendenin, the first vice chairman of the Florida Democratic Party, said on Monday. "I find it outrageous that some Washington politicians believe they are better equipped to make health care decisions. I find it shameful there are some that would label a critically ill patient a criminal and subject them to fines or even prison."

Clendenin goes on to share that he lost his mother to cancer in August of 2008 and that his family "would have welcomed any therapy that would have relieved my mother's pain."

While Clendenin didn't call Wasserman Shultz out by name, his quip about "Washington politicians" and the timing of his statement seem to point to criticism of the DNC chair.

Clendenin and Wasserman Schultz have a bumpy history. In 2013, Clendenin looked to become the state party chair but was opposed by Wasserman Schultz's handpicked choice, Allison Tant.

Clendenin lost to Tant 587-507, in a somewhat nasty race.

Last week, Wasserman Schulz released a statement on her opposition to Amendment 2, saying that it is written too broadly and using the pill-mill argument some anti-medical weed groups have been using to justify her vote against the bill.

Wasserman Schultz was heavily criticized over her stance by medical marijuana advocate. United for Care Chairman John Morgan, who called her irrelevant in the Democratic Party, challenged her progressiveness.

Mike Czin, national press secretary for the Democratic Party, said on Friday that the DNC had not yet taken an official position on Amendment 2.

On Monday, Clendenin called his support for Amendment 2 as compassion over politics.

"I am proud to stand with Sen. Nan Rich and Former Gov. Charlie Crist in support of this important legislation," Clendenin adds. "November 4, 2014, I will be voting yes on Amendment 2 to legalize use of marijuana for physician-approved medical conditions."



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info3960
info3960

Medical marijuana is about...medical marijuana. If we focus on one issue at a time, creating a fair sense of debate instead of fear-mongering, we could come up with a solution that most can feel comfortable about. Look to Colorado and California as examples of what to do and what can be improved on. Florida has the opportunity to take the lead on medical marijuana regulation. floridammtc.org

gstoikos
gstoikos

Sheldon Adelson has his head so far up Rick Scott's ass so he can get ok to gambling and Casinos and organized crime spread across Florida - SAY NO TO GAMBLING in FLORIDA. We don't this type of crime to spread. This will increase robberies, muggings, murders and crime in general across FLORIDA. and these guys think MEDICAL Marijuana will be a problem. "Wait and see when this guy hangs on to Scott's BALLS....Barney "JUDD" Fife  too... SAY "YES" on 2 in November - Florida Supreme Court OKs Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative...... 


TallyHoHoHo
TallyHoHoHo

Wasserman is definitely on the wrong side of this issue and it's going to cost her my vote and a lot more votes in Florida... Kudos for taking a stance for what's right and disregarding the pressure from the law enforcement community and the private prisons for profit in Florida! More politicians should be on the right side of this issue, marijuana has been illegal for too long! It's time to change the law, free the people who've been unjustly incarcerated and finally reform marijuana laws. 

lmasaya
lmasaya

"Compassion over Politics"......Alan Clendenin BEAUTIFULLY SAID, Good for you!! Your Mother raised a remarkable Man & Human Being! She is PROUD right now...

Downthelaw
Downthelaw

legalization needs to happen asap!!  This costly, wasteful, FAILED prohibition has gone far enough. I'm all for med marijuana totally but I'm even more for full on legalization. And it's not even just for people can smoke if they want. It's more being against such a terrible prohibition that has wronged this country long enough. It's has to happen and guess what. IT WILL!!!  

tshawn63
tshawn63

Terribly disappointed in our Democratic Senator, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's narrow-mindedness.  Is she really that daft?

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana....changed the world

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

There is no stopping this.  We are past the tipping point - just look at History!   People will get their medicine they need soon - medicine that will actually help not hurt!

Looking to get in the Medical Cannabis Industry in FL - check us out at HempStaff dotcom

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

Marijuana is over $40 Billion a year legal or illegal but that makes it California number one cash crop and if you remove the law enforcement cost that bring a saving of about the same in its enforcement.  That is a lot of savings and prosperity in addition to its health benefits for Floridians.     Vote Yes On 2..

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.


So please, all prohibitionists,  we beg you, give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?


Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it is obviously defective. 


The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol and definitely so much less dangerous than handfuls of deadly, toxic, made-,made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals . 


If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol! 


Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED? 


Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being hell bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.


Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.


Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.


Support Medical Marijuana Now!


"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997


"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001


"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998


"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003


"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995


"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995


"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003

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