United for Care Answers Anti-Medical Marijuana Group's Claims

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Medical marijuana advocates United For Care have come out and answered the various claims made in an eight-minute anti-medical weed ad that was recently released.

Last month, we told you about Drug Free Florida's anti-medical marijuana video called "Devil In the Details," that breaks down reasons why passing Amendment 2 in November would lead to chaos in the streets of Florida.

The video claims that Amendment 2 is fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets without interference from the law, and that it would lead to the eventual full-on legalization of weed in the state.

"A vote for Amendment 2," Florida Sheriffs Association president Sheriff Grady Judd says in the video, "is a vote for legalizing marijuana forever in the state of Florida."

See also: Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Releases Video to Scare People Into Voting No on Amendment 2

The video breaks things down into what they say are loop holes found in Amendment 2, such as The Pill Mill Loophole, that tries to equate legal medical marijuana with the 2010 pill mills craze that hit Florida. In the video, sheriff Judd claims that pot shops will start opening next to elementary schools and high schools thanks to this loop hole. The video voice over person then says if Amendment 2 passes, pot shops will be the new pill mills.

"You're going to have pot in your neighborhoods because there are no restrictions," another man says in the video.

In response to the video's claims that Amendment 2 is full of loop holes, United For Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara told New Times that the amendment's only purpose is to help people with debilitating diseases that could be helped with medical marijuana.

"If there was any doubt, the Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that the amendment will only be used in cases of debilitating illness," Pollara told New Times. "The purpose of the amendment is to allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician."

In another part of the video, Drug Free Florida trots out a former drug dealer and current minister that says that there will be so many pot shops opening thanks to the Teenager Loophole, there will be nowhere safe to take our families and children. Teenagers will be able to purchase pot just by claiming they can't sleep, or are stressed out, he warns.

But Pollara says that these claims are nothing but scare tactics from the opposition.

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This Sheriff JackAss "barney JUDD Fife"  is putting together this without approval of FLORIDA Tax payers to to use TAX PAYER money to continue "Don't Let Florida Go To Pot" coalition. He will be spending several thousands of Florida taxpayer dollars for a misleading cause. He is trying to confuse Floridian voters. I hope all his family members get cancer or a debilitating diseases to open up his eyes. Stop wasting Tax payer dollars and start arresting criminals. Concentrate on what you get payed for JUDD.....Donte waste TAX PAYERS money. Every day, it becomes more difficult to deny the benefits of medical marijuana. Ask anyone who’s used it for pain management relating to a life-altering illness – Cancer, AIDS, Glaucoma, Multiple Sclerosis, and Crohn’s disease, among others – and they’ll tell you how it’s changed their lives.

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Nice job Pollara!  Let's get people the Medicine they need!  Vote YES on #2 in Novemeber!   

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I think its is time for a congressional investigation into a history of blocking legitimate research. When consider the La Guardia Committee and Nixon's own commissioned Shaffer report both with scientific evidence that Nixon refused and trashed in his vendetta against the counter culture CNN

On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:

"Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."

Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier

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