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

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"These folks have seen their main arguments roundly rejected and debunked," Pollara said in a press release Tuesday. "They are now reduced to conjuring up bizarre and unrealistic scenarios designed to frighten and discourage voters from supporting Amendment 2, but Floridians are too smart to fall for their scare tactics."

Via United For Care:

The Teenager Loophole - Verdict: False As Politifact stated in its May 20, 2014 fact check on this topic, Florida minors would not be able to get a recommendation for medical marijuana from a physician because "currently, a parent or guardian must provide consent for medical treatment for a minor, except in emergencies or other unusual circumstances, such as when the Department of Children and Family Services must get involved."

The Drug Dealer Loophole - Verdict: False
Jon L. Mills, noted constitutional expert and Dean Emeritus, Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Governmental Responsibility at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law says, "Amendment 2 recognizes that caregivers are critical for compassionate care of severely debilitated or terminal patients, but there are specific restrictions. The Florida Department of Health must issue caregivers an ID and it can - and anyone thinking about this rationally would be safe to assume, will - place reasonable qualifications on applicants for this role, including criminal background checks. Caregivers have no legal standing to consume or sell marijuana under this amendment, and to suggest that drug dealers can legally demand to be caregivers is simply absurd."

The Pill Mill Loophole - Verdict: False
The State of Florida's Office of Economic and Demographic Research has found that a "pill mill" scenario would be highly unlikely under amendment 2, saying: "The multi-step process consisting of (1) an examination and assessment by a physician in order for a patient to receive a physician certification and (2) the application process through the Department of Health for an identification card may dissuade a pill mill scenario. Further, the amendment allows the Department of Health to issue implementing regulations, and allows the Legislature to enact laws consistent with the amendment that may provide additional regulatory protection."

The Pot-For-Anyone-Who-Wants-It Loophole - Verdict: False
In a ruling handed down on January 27th, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court decided that the scope of Amendment 2 was unequivocal: only patients with debilitating diseases and conditions would be allowed to have access to medical marijuana, including those suffering from cancer, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis and Lou Gehrig's disease, among others

"In its wording," Pollara tells New Times, "the amendment specifically says: 'Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.'"

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gstoikos
gstoikos

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.

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

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


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knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

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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