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Legalizing medical marijuana in Florida

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Medical marijuana just may be what Floridians will see on the ballots in 2014. The largely famous John Morgan Esq. of the Florida law firm, Morgan and Morgan who's slogan is "For The People", started an organization http://www.unitedforcare.org which provides online petitions to be printed out, signed and mailed back to the organization, for the legalization of medical marijuana. According to United For Care and The Tampa Bay Times, 82% of voters in Florida favor legalizing Medical Marijuana : http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/new-florida-poll-82-percent-of-voters-favor-legalizing-medical-marijuana/2153558 …

Earlier this month, Mr. Morgan had oral arguments in the Florida Supreme Court, facing opposition by Attorney General, Pam Bondi. Florida Governor Rick Scott as well is opposed to this cause. Charlie Christ, who will be running for Governor of Florida in 2014, also works at the law firm and backs the initiative.

The "Constitutional Amendment Petition Form" reads as follows:

"The Ballot Title: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions"

"Ballot Summary: Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patient's medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana."

The petition states key words that a patient has to be suffering from a "debilitating medical condition," and "A physician certification may only be provided after the physician has conducted a physical examination of the patient and a full assessment of the patient's medical history." Sounds like the responsibility lies on the physician. How many Dr.'s would assume liability for over prescribing and risk losing their medical license?

Onto the science of the matter. Marijuana as stated in the attached video, has no damaging effects for regular medicinal usage. Let's look at the facts, it helps people with pain management, nausea, weight loss due to AIDS, cancer treatments, seizures, etc.. and has no side effects. Synthetic pain killers (opiates) on the other hand are highly addictive, have large numbers in terms of side effects and those that use them have to detox off of them, enduring pain and sometimes even death as a result. Let's not forget the factor of overdosing on them, whereas you cannot overdose on marijuana. Marijuana is not physically addictive, but can be psychologically and one may become irritable once stopping.

Let's also look at tolerance that builds over time, rendering the pills ineffective or the accidental overdoses that occur by needing more of the drugs to relieve the symptoms. Many have lost lives over prescription drugs, and many have spent their last moments of life having to endure pain because of building a tolerance. Medical marijuana helps those people by eliminating overdosing and alleviates the pain that pharmaceuticals cannot. I have seen the relentless pain first hand, watching my mother die of Lymphoma, not having enough morphine able to be pumped into her body to ease the pain in her last moments of life, moaning in twilight sleep, not being able to sleep due to the pain based on built up tolerance to the painkillers. With medical marijuana, there are various strains of potency, therefore more options.

As stated in the attached video that supports the science behind medical marijuana's benefits, it appears the issue is more political than anything. What other reasons than that or greed of the pharmaceutical industry would be stopping it from legalization?

The people of Florida that are wanting it on the ballots, need to sign the petitions and get them in the mail, postmarked by December 31, 2013. Time is crucial, and more petitions are needed. If you or anyone you know could benefit, registered voters can find, print and sign the petition at http://UnitedForCare.org/petition

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