Dubbed 'The Great Debate', Aaron Houston,Executive director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, will face Kevin A. Sabet, Ph.D., Director of the Drug Policy Institute, tomorrow evening. The event will happen in Lake Worth in the Palm Beach State College Duncan Theatre at 4200 Congress Avenue tomorrow evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. There is no charge to attend, however you will need a ticket to enter.
It is clear Floridians' minds are changing on whether to legalize marijuana or not as a recent poll found 70% of the state's voters favor its legalization. Of those polled, 73.5% support a “Constitutional amendment that would allow the use of marijuana for treatment of debilitating medical conditions if authorized by a doctor,” and 58.8% “think that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like alcohol and be made legal for any adult to use.” This column has written extensively on the legalization of cannabis and the politicians who would like to see that happen in the State of Florida.
Many Floridians would be surprised to learn the United States government recently celebrated a patent it has on cannabis for its medicinal benefits. Yet on President Obama's website it states, "The Obama Administration has consistently reiterated its firm opposition to any form of drug legalization." This, in face of the fact that more people die of aspirin than cannabis. There has been no reported overdose deaths as a result of marijuana. Rather than deal with real problems which actually kill Americans, the Obama administration prefers to put people in jail and confiscate their property because the own a full or part of a plant.
Last year the Libertarian Party of Florida backed a bill in the state legislature to legalize medicinal marijuana and is expected to back a similar measure in the 2014 session. Likewise, in 2011, the Libertarian Party of Palm Beach County was urging the City of Lake Worth to endorse a plan to decriminalize marijuana possession in the city.