Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Attacks John Morgan and Loopholes on Billboard

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Anti-medical marijuana group Drug Free America Foundation has taken it up a notch on their "Amendment 2 has loopholes that will lead to legalized marijuana" talking point by putting up a billboard attacking John Morgan.

Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured millions of his own money into getting Amendment 2 passed, recently made headlines with a profanity-laced speech he gave a group of young voters during a post-debate party last week.

And while one would assume that would be the fodder for his opponents, it looks like the anti-medical weed folks are sticking to their loophole argument.

"Amendment 2 is riddled with loopholes: It is one thing to be compassionate; it's another to be reckless," the billboard says. "Does John Morgan know the difference?"

See also: John Morgan's Profanity-Laced Video: United for Care Responds

So far, it appears that the group is erecting the one billboard in Morgan's home town of Orlando.

When commuters driving down East Highway 50 (Colonial Dr.), they'll spot this:

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Among some of the loophole arguments Drug Free America makes is that doctors will be able to prescribe marijuana to just about anyone claiming to suffer from any kind of ailment -- not just a serious one like ALS or cancer.

The group claims that because the ballot initiative allows that pot be prescribed for certain debilitating diseases as well as "other conditions," people will exploit the law and buy pot legally for any little pain they claim to have.

The group also says that medical marijuana will be much like the 2010 pill mills craze that hit Florida, with ant-medical weed sheriff Grady Judd claiming that pot shops will start opening next to elementary schools and high schools.

United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara has said this is not the case.

"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 in May. "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."

"The amendment specifically says: 'Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient,'" Pollara added.

As for the billboard, Pollara sees it as nothing but a way to shift the focus off the truth of the ballot and onto Morgan himself.

"The opposition has so far been focused on trying to trick the electorate into thinking this is about legalization and not medicine," Pollara said Thursday. "Now they want to run against a lawyer and not the issue at hand. We trust that the electorate is intelligent and compassionate. They continue to insult the voters at every opportunity."

The Drug Free group is the same group that said pot brownies would be the new date-rape drug.

"This campaign is about providing medicine to sick and suffering Floridians and that's what we'll talk about," Pollara said.

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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

Why sheriffs oppose medical pot: Profits, not public safety


Florida's Contraband Forfeiture Act lets the sheriffs and other local law-enforcement agencies keep 85 percent of the value of the property they seize, with the remainder given to charities — doubtless buying considerable good will for the elected sheriffs at campaign time.

Where does the money go? In 2003, it was reported that top Tampa police officials kept a 43-vehicle fleet of captured cars that included five Lincoln Navigators, a pair of Ford Expeditions, a BMW, a Lexus and — former Police Chief Bennie Holder's personal favorite — a $38,000 Chevy Tahoe.

More recently, federal officials froze nearly $30 million that had been seized by police in tiny Bal Harbor (population 2,574), after the department was found spending the money on a $100,000 35-foot boat with three Mercury outboards, a $7,000 police chiefs' banquet, a $15,000 laser virtual firing range and an "anti-drug beach bash," with a reported price tag of $21,000.


http://www.orlandosentinel.com/opinion/os-ed-medical-marijuana-sheriffs-092014-20140919-story.html

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pjmccoll
pjmccoll




RICHMOND Virginia today  — Authorities say five students got sick — including two who were rushed to the hospital unconscious — after eating marijuana brownies that were sold at a Richmond high school.
Richmond police Capt. Mark Gagan said a 17-year-old senior allegedly sold the brownies Thursday at De Anza High School for $3 apiece or two for $5.
Five students, ages 14 to 16, fell ill. Gagan says two regained consciousness at the hospital and are in serious but stable condition.
Three other students were treated at the school for nausea and vomiting.
Gagan says the alleged brownie seller was arrested on suspicion of selling drugs on campus and child endangerment. She’s being held at juvenile hall.
There’s no immediate word on where she got the brownies.

rattskit
rattskit

The drug free group are pretty much fear mongers and ignorant of the benefits of (Medical) cannabis and disseminate false propaganda about an herb that has proven medicinal qualities for centuries all over the world. Anyone that fights that hard to suppress something is an indication that they have something to lose in one way or another and the bottom line is usually a motivator. Attacking John Morgan with a billboard in his home town makes him a Hero in my book because it indicates that he has you On The Run.

Vote Yes on 2.

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

VOTE YES on #2!


I doubt a billboard like this will impact the election much, but if they want to waste their money, that's fine..

bong422
bong422

It was reported last week that legal medical marijuana states have a 50% decrease in opiate overdoses. This is significant but hardly news. 15 years ago the brave doctors in California that actually listened to their patients reported similar finding regarding overdosing from opiates. The backers of No on 2 receive their money from opiate pushers. Opiates kill, marijuana heals. 6000 years of unregulated marijuana use and you can't name one life that's been lost to marijuana overdose, not a single 1. Vote yes on 2 and ask the prohibitionists to quit lying.

pjmccoll
pjmccoll

We have made medical marijuana legal across Canada and we have the highest rate of use of marijuana by youth in the Western World - a sad but true fact. Kids are very confused - "Is it a harmless herb ? Is it medicine ? It can't be both ? Does it cure cancer ? There should never have been a vote on legalization of recreational marijuana use without a Surgeon General's report. Look at tobacco regulations - we have been playing catch up since 1964 and still one billion will die a tobacco related death in this century from tobacco products. Medical Marijuana products are getting into the hands of kids, are taxed less than recreational in Colorado and therefore are more desirable and profitable for people who have access selling it on. 74% of adolescents in a Denver substance abuse treatment program had used someone else's medical  marijuana approximately 50 tmes or more. 


jmystro211
jmystro211

@pjmccoll  So some kids got a little tummy ache for ingesting too much Cannabinoids. At least they didn't drink too much alcohol and die.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@pjmccoll  Marijuana use among Colorado high school students appears to be declining, despite the state’s pioneering voter-approved experiment with legalization.


According to preliminary data from the state’s biennial Healthy Kids Colorado Survey, in 2013 - the first full year the drug was legal for adults 21 and older - 20 percent of high school students admitted using pot in the preceding month and 37 percent said they had at some point in their lives.


The survey’s 2011 edition found 22 percent of high school students used the drug in the past month and 39 percent had ever sampled it.


Source: US News


jmystro211
jmystro211

@pjmccoll I can answer your question. Yes - Cannabis in a harmless medicine that in the past 10,000 years has never killed anyone unlike this tobacco you speak of. How can someone who seems educated enough to not make a single typo be so ignorant. You must be getting paid to stay ignorant. Big pharma and big rehab have been lying, stealing, and killing for far too many years. Cash your checks while you still can. You're not fooling anyone anymore.

ethernot
ethernot

@pjmccoll Kevin Sabet, is that you?  "Kids in Canada are Confused", HA !!!  Such a comedian, this one ...  Oh, and your boss Shel called; your check is ready, you can come by and pick it up anytime, but you might want to wait a day or two for the blood to dry ...

bong422
bong422

@DonkeyHotay @bong422 The opiate pushers get pain patients addicted to oxy that goes for a dollar per milligram on the street. These pills are 80ml, so $80 each. Heroin is considerably cheaper, and heroin use is making a big comeback. If only there was an alternative to opiate based pain relief...

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@bong422


... try offering a heroin addict some pot instead of dope for their pain and see it they switch.


LOL!

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@pjmccoll   "The classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug as well as the continuing controversy as to whether or not cannabis is of medical value  are obstacles to medical progress in this area. Based on evidence currently available the Schedule I classification is not tenable; it is not accurate that cannabis has no medical value, or that information on safety is lacking."


Source: 

Open Neurol J. 2012

jmystro211
jmystro211

@pjmccoll Drug Enforcement Administration administrative law Judge Francis L. Young , called marijuana "one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man," recommended that the drug be made legally available for medical purposes,

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