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