Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary as to when the Department of Health and Human Services, acting on behalf of the United States Government, received the patent for cannabinoids, one of the molecules in the cannabis plant. Contrary to what comes out of government doublespeak, the government states as part of the patent that cannabinoids have health benefits. This answers the question once and for all, “Is cannabis medicine?”
Florida Cannabis Action Network (FLCAN) is helping the government celebrate the 10th anniversary of the government's acknowledgement to the medical benefits of cannabis. FLCAN is working to encourage Florida lawmakers to remove cannabis as a Schedule 1 'drug' of the Florida Controlled Substance Act. Schedule 1 'drugs' have been determined to not have any medical value or health benefits, and we now know that is not the case.
Many Floridians are surprised to learn that Fort Lauderdale, Florida stockbroker, Irv Rosenefeld, receives a monthly supply of marijuana cigarettes from the United States Government. Rosenfeld was part of an experiment by the U.S. Government to test marijuana's benefits. The government worked to cover up the study as best it could, however could not legally end sending patients their medicine - cannabis.
State lawmakers can create sensible policies that protect Florida patients without waiting on Congress, a constitutional amendment or their loved one to get sick. As the federal government has stated, cannabis is medicine and there are hundreds of studies supporting that fact.
The Libertarian Party has long held marijuana (cannabis) should be legal and Americans should be able to grow it on their own property without losing their freedoms in the process by being jailed. In 2011, the Libertarian Party made a public statement they would entertain the idea of regulating marijuana like wine is regulated in the United States.
FLCAN is working to legalize marijuana use in the State of Florida. A growing number of Floridians are in favor legalizing marijuana and many are asking the question, "Why is the government criminalizing a plant?"
Eight of the 10 states that had legalized medical marijuana by 2006 saw a decrease in teen use of marijuana from 1999 to 2006.