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State Senator Files Bill To Legalize Medical Marijuana In Florida


Florida medical marijuanaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Medical marijuana patients in Florida may be one step closer to lighting up legally thanks to a state senator.

State Senator Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami), recently filed Senate Joint Resolution 1028, a Senate bill to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes in the Sunshine State, in an effort to get it on the 2012 ballot, according to a Central Florida 13 news report by Troy Kinsey and Margaret Kavanagh.

Representative Jeff Clements of Lake Worth also introduced companion legislation, HJR 353, reports Kristal Roberts at ABC Action News.

Bullard’s bill creates an amendment that allows people with debilitating medical conditions to use marijuana as treatment on the recommendation of a doctor. The bill legislation would also allow medical marijuana farms and dispensaries to operate in Florida.

?Both the Senate and the House would have to pass the bill by three-fifths margins in order for the amendment to qualify for the November 2012 ballot, which is a steep hurdle. Should the voters approve (and current opinion polls show a majority of Floridians favoring medical marijuana), it would become law on July 1, 2013.

The choice should belong to doctors and responsible adults, according to Florida Cannabis Network executive Jodi James

“We should tax it; we should control it,” James said. “If someone is growing it, it should be their responsibility alone. We believe by regulating it and controlling it we are going to be keeping out out of the hands of children as opposed to an unregulated market.”

“This is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry that Florida farmers have no access to it,” James said.

Hundreds of people attended a pro-marijuana event, the Cannabis Freedom Festival, on Saturday and Sunday at Wickham Park near Brevard Community College in Melbourne, Florida.

The crowd heard Florida movement leaders such as federal medical marijuana patient Irvin Rosenfeld, author of My Medicine, and former federal marijuana prisoner and current leader of the The Silver Tour leader Robert Platshorn, author of the gripping autobiography, Black Tuna Diaries.

The Silver Tour brings the message of medical marijuana to senior citizens, educating America’s most powerful voting bloc on the benefits of medicinal cannabis

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission. legalization.


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  1. marijuana isn’t illegal because it is “bad” ,,, It is “Bad” because it is illegal…

  2. it seems to my we are taking the most difficult path to get mmj approved, a constitution admendment is a heavy lift. imho, we should be seeking a compasionate use law, i.e. Washington State. i think we could get that through instead of the admendment because it can give lawmakers a way to save face by ‘thinking’ that if it doesn’t become effective then they could suspend or delete that law.
    however, with two yr proof that the law is effective then we go for the constituional admendment.

    big things are obtained with small meaured steps

  3. Let’s say THANKS to State Senator Larcenia Bullard and Representative Jeff Clements for their bravery and dedication to the TRUTH – YEAY!!! I’ll be campaigning for these two bills just as hard as I can.

    And a Big Congrats to Jodi James for getting this GOING – Way to GO! I know it was not easy, but you did it!

  4. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, there were an estimated 1,663,582 state and local arrests for drug abuse violations in the United States during 2009. Of the drug violations, 45.6 percent were for the possession of marijuana, and 6 percent were for the sale/manufacture of marijuana. There wouldn’t be so many people in our justice systems, if marijuana was legal (Rosenthal/Kubby). Marijuana became dramatically more popular after its prohibition than it ever was before. Over one hundred million Americans have tried marijuana, including the three most recent occupants of the oval office. Billions, perhaps tens of billions of dollars are spent and earned illegally on it each year. Just think what legalization could do for our economy. Marijuana is routinely described as the first, second, or third most lucrative agricultural crop in many states (Nadelmann). Marijuana should be legalized because of what it could do for our economy, by what it has done and still does for medicine, and the industrial uses of hemp, which is a part of the cannabis plant (marijuana).

  5. Here are just some of the many studies the Feds wish they’d never commissioned:


    A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.


    Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept. 1997


    Marijuana is often called a “gateway drug” by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical “associations” indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana – implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained “without requiring a gateway effect.” More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what’s most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.


    The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, “the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement.” And what data exist show “little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use.” In other words, there is no proof that prohibition – the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century – reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America’s Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don’t Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193.

    05) PROHIBITION MAY CAUSE THE “GATEWAY EFFECT”?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found the following: Cannabis (Marijuana) use in San Francisco was 3 times the prevalence found in the Amsterdam sample. And lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its “tolerant” marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p 836-842.


    Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice’s lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.


    In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, “in a dose-dependent manner” (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, “Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer,” AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.


    Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn’t also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.


    Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased Lung Cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.


    In response to passage of California’s medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana’s medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, “Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana.” The report also added, “we acknowledge that there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting.” The government’s refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government “loves to ignore our report … they would rather it never happened.” Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr. 21, 2006

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