United For Care Debunks Florida Police Chiefs Association's Latest Claims

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The war of attrition between advocates for and opponents against medical marijuana in Florida entered another chapter this week, after the Florida Police Chiefs Association put out a media release on the dangers of medical weed legalization.

In the statement, the FPCA cited studies and stats showing how the number of automobile accidents and ER visits in Colorado have gone up, and drawing a direct correlation to the legalization of medical marijuana in that state.

This, United For Care says, is all false. And this, issued a media release of their own.

See also: Florida Supports Medical Marijuana 9-1, According to Poll

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"Charlotte's Web," Derived From Hemp, Has Been Legal Since 2003

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Moriah Barnhardt has a three-year-old daughter, Dahlia, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last May. Anecdotal evidence suggests that a soon-to-be-legal brand of low-THC pot called Charlotte's Web might help her condition. If not, legalizing medical marijuana as a whole would give her a plethora of treatment options by allowing her to tweak the formula she administers to her kid.

But this Tampa mom doesn't need to wait for 2015, or for Florida voters to make up their minds. She's one of the many parents who are already purchasing hemp oil online and making Rick Scott's decree obsolete before it even happens.

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Florida Supports Medical Marijuana 9-1, According to Poll

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Floridians have been supporting the idea of legalized medical marijuana since the idea of it getting onto the ballot was brought up. With each successive poll, Florida has shown a growing support for medical weed.

Now the latest Quinnipiac poll released Monday gives us the clearest picture to changing attitudes. According to the survey, nearly 90 percent of Floridians polled say they back the legalization of medical marijuana.

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

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When Your Medical Marijuana Business Fails, You're Screwed

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As support for Amendment 2 picks up across the state, Floridians are eager to get their hands in the medical weed industry game. But it's become clear recently that the Republican-controlled Legislature might cap the number of dispensaries and limit the number of people who can cash in.

Consider California. When medical pot was first legalized there, dispensaries popped up everywhere. Voters decided to limit them, and many closed down, leaving would-be entrepreneurs in the dust.

See also: How to Get Rich in the Medical Marijuana Business (or Go Broke Trying)

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"Charlotte's Web" Medical Marijuana Bill Isn't Enough for Many Parents of Epileptics

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Paula Crews, a suburban mom with short black hair, dumps a stick of butter into a double boiler and stirs in her secret ingredient. Her 24-year-old son, John, waits expectantly at the white Formica counter in their West Broward kitchen, watching while his mom mixes the butter into a pot of melted chocolate. Finally, she pours the candy into a rectangular mold and puts it in the fridge to cool.

A few minutes later, John pops a piece of his mother's creation into his scruffy face. In about a half-hour, the frat-boy archetype in a Guy Harvey T-shirt will be comfortably numb from the marijuana baked inside the homemade candy bar.

"And that's how you make chocolate with canna-butter," Crews concludes proudly. "That's my son's medicine."

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Who's Giving Money to Florida's Medical Marijuana Campaigns?

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With a November ballot initiative teed up for medical marijuana, the camps working both sides of the issue are now deep in the trenches, trying to lure voters. Cold, hard cash is obviously powering the efforts, which begs the question: Where's the money coming from?

In both camps, big-money donors are footing most of the bill. But in terms of the pro-pot movement, two main funders are being underwritten by thousands of contributors from across the state -- moms and pops and potheads opening their wallets for $50 and $100 donations.

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Pot Lobby Reluctant to Embrace Supporters Who Claim Medical Weed Cures Cancer

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In five days, Daniel Soligny will become a medical marijuana refugee.
Daniel Soligny had a good life, except for the whole health insurance thing. He didn't have the most glamorous job, sure, but spending 14 hours a day on rollerblades at Sonic Beach Miami Gardens kept him active, and his girl, Jacqueline, was always by his side. Although he was 20 and she a young-looking 35, the couple was a psychic match -- enjoying weekend outings to South Beach and goofing off.

On one such trip, Soligny accidentally injured himself while walking down Ocean Drive. He headed for a hospital, was prescribed Percocet, and sent home. Two weeks later, he returned to the hospital. Doctors took an ultrasound and found that Soligny, who wears giant green gauges and a long black ponytail, had aggravated tumors in his testicles and was diagnosed with cancer.

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Medical Marijuana: Florida For Care Forms Blue Ribbon Commission For Amendment 2

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With the vote on medical marijuana a mere four months away, a group chaired by both those who advocate and those who are opposed to medical weed has formed a Blue Ribbon Commission to provide research, expert opinions, and feedback on a wide range of medical marijuana issues.

Florida For Care says its purpose is to help formulate a medical marijuana "Gold Standard" for the state by holding several meetings between now and November throughout Florida to not only educate people, but to serve as a resource for state legislators as they seek to develop and support medical marijuana policies.

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana's Biggest Opponents and Threats

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Sheldon Adelson's Research Organization Finds Medical Marijuana Helps MS Sufferers

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Sheldon Adelson, the mega-rich casino magnate who last week donated $2.5 million to the anti-Amendment 2 group Drug Free Florida, also happens to have his own medical research group.

And according to that group's own studies, medical marijuana has been shown to aid those who suffer from multiple sclerosis.

See also: Top Five "Questionable Characters" Involved With Drug Free Florida

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Medical Marijuana: Rick Scott Signs Charlotte's Web Bill Into Law

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In a historical moment for the medical marijuana movement, Rick Scott signed the Charlotte's Web bill into law on Monday.

Back in April, the Senate approved the bill by a 36-3 vote, and Scott said he would sign it into law as soon as it hit his desk.

Charlotte's Web, which is used to help children with epilepsy, has very low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in it -- which is the stuff that gets you high when you smoke weed.

Charlotte's Web contains 0.5 percent THC.

See also: Legislature Holds Hearing on Charlotte's Web, Medical Marijuana With No High

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