Oct 152014
 October 15, 2014

united for care florida amendment 2 medical marijuanaOnce upon a time Florida’s medical marijuana initiative looked like it would win by a large margin. I saw a poll that put support for the initiative as high as 88%. A lot has changed since then. Conservative funder Sheldon Adelson has pumped millions of dollars into the opposition’s campaign, and the opposition’s campaign has resorted to some very shady tactics. The no on Amendment 2 campaign even went as far as putting out advertising suggesting that medical marijuana cookies would become the new date rape drug of choice. This enormous level of shady propaganda seems to have changed some minds, as the the most recent poll shows the medical marijuana initiative losing by a small margin. Per Fire Dog Lake:

Indications are that the fight for medical marijuana in Florida will be extremely tight. A new Gravis Marketing poll finds Amendment 2, the Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, falls just short of what is needed for approval.

The survey of likely voters found 55 percent planning to voter for the medical marijuana amendment and 39 percent planning to vote against. An additional 7 percent are still unsure how they will vote.

Normally 55% would be more than enough for an initiative to win. However, in Florida constitutional amendments require at least 60% of the vote to pass. Come on Florida, help rock the vote next month. Tell everyone you know to vote for the initiative. Point to the other almost two dozen states that have legalized medical marijuana and point to the fact that it is helping sick people in those states. The sky is still in tact in those states, just as it will stay in tact if/when Florida legalizes medical marijuana. Suffering patients in Florida desperately need Amendment 2 to pass!

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  84 Responses to “Another Poll Shows Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Very Close”

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    It probably won’t pass, people just don’t care. Opposition would prefer to control you by lying and spreading misinformation or propaganda, and as they say ignorance is bliss. Good to know that voters casting a ‘no’ are blissful, while time ticks by I sit here waiting to know whether my brain and my life are now my real enemies. Wonderful pharmaceuticals, as I wonder if my choice will be to be poisoned by numerous kinds; or if amendment 2 will provide that new-found hope.

    What a waste of money, Sheldon’s money of propaganda&hate and Morgan’s money of truth&love.

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    Florida residents know matter what your opinion is towards marijuana please vote yes on 2. Let your residents choose what is best for themselves. It is your right to choose your own medication. Please go out and vote yes on 2.

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    You must be positive you must vote it is your right to change the way things are. Only you can change bad laws vote yes on 2. From us in Michigan

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      I think Florida should embrace a Michigan model versus a California model — it takes all of the ‘gateway drug’, marijuana cookie date-rape aspect, uncontrolled drug abuse argument…. the only ‘downer’ would be a crappy grower in charge of your collective.

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      it takes all of the ‘gateway drug’, marijuana cookie date-rape aspect, uncontrolled drug abuse argument — out of the argument— is what I was trying to convey

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    I live in the Tampa Bay market and have yet to see a pro legalization ad on tv. Plenty of ads against it though. It’s a little disappointing.

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    Ignore the polls.

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    Polls are misleading and results depend on the wording and it they are a forced answer poll which studies have shown result in a no answer. There have been 13 polls and the average is 67%. A recent poll was 67%. I personally believe it is 67% and people are excited about voting. Get off your ass on November 4th and vote. Stop being negative and focus on the end game.

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      Who you ask and how you ask change the results dramatically.
      Like if you ask, “do you support medical marijuana?” I’d say yes.
      If you ask if I’ll vote for Amendment 2? I’ll say no.
      I’m ok with cancer patients getting medical marijuana (and they already will without Amendment 2). I’m not ok with pot shops on every corner for any “disease” like they have in California.

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        You can choose to stay away from any drug, including alcohol. Why not let others make their own choice and regulate cannabis similarly to alcohol? We all know dozens or more people that consume marijuana recreationally just as we know people that do the same with alcohol. Why is it such a big deal to say that they are not criminals?

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          I thought this was a medical debate?
          If this is a medicine, with what you’re talking about, why do we need doctors at all then?
          If you want to debate recreational marijuana vs alcohol, that’s an entirely different subject. And supposedly not what Amendment 2 is about.
          But of course we both know that’s EXACTLY what 2 is about.
          If we wanted to rewrite multiple laws in this country and “pick our poison” between alcohol and marijuana, that would definitely be a harder decision.

          The pros for alcohol would be consumption in moderation. 1-2 drinks can have pretty much no negative and actual positive effect. In excess though…. that’s where alcohol is much worse.
          If we could wave a magic wand and make it so no one ever got drunk again and people only got high instead, although not ideal, I’d probably prefer that world.

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    I live in the Orlando area of Orange county. I have contributed to United for Care and sincerely appreciate all that John, Ben and everybody else connected with UFC are doing. My nephrologist told me last week that he thought the amendment would pass overwhelmingly. I was glad to hear that from a physician. One thing everybody needs to realize is that even if we get this thing done it is going to take a long time to have it implemented. I read in the Sentinel that in Orange county the commissioners will be having a meeting on Nov. 11th 7 days after the vote. If it passes they could decide to establish a moratorium on the treatment centers while figuring out a long term approach. That was very disappointing to hear. I know how long politicians take to get things done! So, first we have to get it passed and then I guess Morgan and Morgan will have to go into some type of litigation to get the politicians to get off their ass and get the program implemented. I don’t know.
    But I do know that patience will be required by all of us who are for this to finally happen. For all of you who live here in Florida PLEASE get out to the polls on Nov. 4th and vote YES on amendment 2. So many of us need this desperately. Thank you.

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    It will pass. Not everyone is around for every single poll. Every one I’ve talked to I’ve either convinced or agreed that it should be legal as it is truly a miracle plant. no worries folks, Here in FL, retirement, vacations, tourism, and many jobs will be created, Florida will be THE place to go. The sick should be the ones to choose what they ingest to cure or treat their ailment, not the politicians. YES ON 2 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      I certainly hope you’re correct, but the polls have gone from uplifting to depressing. What is responsible for the apparent changes?

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        The Hype will pick up closer to election day in November, no worries.

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        Depressing me also these new polls.

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        A one sentence answer ? Republican Dark money in the MILLIONS brought into your state by the non-Floridian Koch Bros.

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          The Koch Bros support an end to Prohibition. How exactly did you get so misinformed?

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            They also spend millions supporting dirty coal and anti- legalization Republican candidates. They claim they support an end to prohibition but replace it with what? They never mention the word “Legalization” As my Grandfather used to say: There’s a lot of slip between the hip and the lip (they should put their $$$ where their mouths are and not just use their ruse of ending prohibition as a pander-bear issue to further right-wing libertarian policies.

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      Keeping my fingers crossed. I’m tired of meeting drug dealers for my medicine. Yes on 2 please God do this for us.

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    It is puzzling to see the polls now as compared to a few months ago. But in order for the new polls to be correct, assuming the older polls that showed stronger support were correct, people had to have changed their position. But I personally don’t know anyone that has changed their position. So I wonder what’s going on!

    I’d like to see a few poll results where the three choices were:
    1) My position about amendment 2 has not changed in the last few months.
    2) My position on amendment 2 has changed in the last few months and I am now against.
    3) My position on amendment 2 has changed in the last few months and I am now supportive.

    Then put this data side by side with the other polls to see if it makes better sense.

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    Please Floridian’s, also vote Mr. GOP Drug-test Governor Scott out of office !

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      And that’s why you are contributing to the defeat of amendment 2, by associating Republicans (via Scott) with opposition to amendment 2. Until people like you can start to understand that this is not a partisan issue, you will never get the needed support because you will chase them away as you’re doing now. I know a lot of people that will vote for Scott AND amendment 2 if the hard-core left-wing partisans would just stop telling them that they are the opposition to amendment 2 simply because they vote Republican. If you want amendment 2 to pass, then focus on passing amendment 2 and don’t mix it with your political preferences. The only way to pass amendment 2 is to keep political finger pointing out of it.

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        I agree wit your post to a degree. We are stuck between a rock and a hard place in the Fl. Gov. race. Neither of the two will benefit Florida in respect to matters other than MMJ. We must go with the lesser of two evils. Yes we can vote for whomever we wish and also vote yes on Amendment 2 (which is a must). As we must also think of our future in regards to everything else. I am not going to get into the state political future at this time.
        But my biggest fear is that if Gov. Scott gets reelected, and amendment 2 without doubt passes. Then we get stuck in what I call “The New Jersey Scenario”. The whole “Oil” bill is now stuck in the void of litigation and can be stalled for months to even years.
        That was passed by the legislator, in the feel good for the kids, that we did something. Only to find that they set it up in a way to cause this stall tactic to occur. They screwed the kids, what do you think they will do to us. Yes I know time frames are written into the amendment, but they mean nothing if some entity brings forth any form of ligation.

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          How many Republican Governor’s have successfully implemented any state medical marijuana laws, where sick and very ill patients are actually pleased with how their vote turned out ?

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            That is the point I was making. re “The New Jersey Scenario” caused by
            Gov. Crispy Donuts, an R. He set up a unworkable program. The same is taking place in PA. So if Scott gets in and amend 2 passes, he must sign off on it, but the implementation remains in his hands.

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            The difference this time is that it is not only in the constitution, but the new law specifically empowers any person to bring lawsuit if “foot dragging” happens.

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        why are there no commercials endorsing the amendment? the no vote commercials are aired 100 times a day

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        With all due respect, I’ll say anything I like. And No, I do not agree with Republican drug war policy. I’ve been living in it since that crook Nixon began the drug war in 1968. It’s only 17 days until the November 4th election, Perhaps you’d be better served becoming more partisan yourself.

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          Hardcore Republicans and Democrats are both idiots.

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            Unless you’re a dual citizen, they’re all you’ve got. And American third parties are an absolute joke.

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            I understand that but what I’m saying is that the hardcore conservatives and liberals are so closed minded that nothing matters to them, they vote for whatever the party tells them to vote for. The only joke about a third party is that they can never raise the type of money the big parties can, so it’s impossible for them to have a chance.

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            No, the real reason it’s next to impossible for third parties to have a chance is because candidates are allowed to win with a simple majority vote rather than being required to receive over 50% of the vote. Very few people are willing to vote third party when they know their vote will ultimately be the equivalent of not voting. Instead of simply voting for a candidate, we should be allowed to rank them top to bottom. With that information, they can do a built in run-off if no candidate gets over 50% of the top vote.

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            Well that explains it perfectly lol.

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            For a good explanation of a built-in or instant run-off, look here:
            tinyurl com/otkmw7k

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            Breathing clean air, and having access to clean drinking water are issues I care most about. Regardless of party. I just rarely hear Republicans nor rightist libertarians speaking in favor these.

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          And that’s the problem with people like you David. Instead of toning your language to bring respect from all sides to amendment 2, you bring disdain from your political opponents that may be thinking about voting yes on amendment 2. Did you know that we will lose this issue without votes from your political opponents? I’m sure the people that are pushing a for no vote on amendment 2 appreciate your help. I wish you had more brains than you do.

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            I don’t bring “disdain” only reality. I purposely live in a state where I know my vote doesn’t have to be coupled with Republican fascist ballots in order to win. If Florida has to Rely on Republican votes and worse, policy, then they’re already screwed.

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            “Republican votes”? Wow, the point went totally unnoticed over your head. On amendment 2, there are only YES and NO votes. “Republican fascist ballots”? My guess is that all of us supporting amendment 2 would be better off if you would just be a spectator until after November 4th. That kind of hate-filled divisiveness is what could lose this vote for us. And if you’re so willing to write-off the efforts of an entire state of good people because you’ve already got what you want in your state, then please don’t pretend to support legal marijuana when all you really support are your own comforts.

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            Florida should concentrate on getting more Democrat’s to the polls Nov. 4th. It’s a waste of time and energy trying to appease Republican voter’s which polls clearly show, intend to vote no.

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            I know many Republicans and the majority of them have indicated to me that they will vote yes on amendment 2. Florida should concentrate on getting more amendment 2 supporters to the polls November 4th regardless of their political preferences. You should stop hating supporters of amendment 2.

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            I have a strong dislike of Republican policy. Not all supporters of A2

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            While I’m against 2, you’re absolutely correct.
            Our local radio host keeps yelling at all the potheads that keep calling the station and saying stupid or hateful things. He tries to explain that they’re actually doing harm for their cause but they don’t get it.
            David is basically telling Republicans that they should vote against 2.
            My favorite was a guy who called in saying “pass 2 so I can smoke weed whenever I want bro.”
            The radio host was like, “shhhhh…..keep talking about cancer patients and seizure kids.”

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    Time for everybody in favor of Amendment 2 to take aggressive action. I’m working a phone bank tonight and will volunteer more time for the same. My work is slow, I live in a remote area of Florida and must drive the 90 or so miles round trip to Gainesville to do this. It’s not easy, but it must be done. Adelson and his cronies cannot be allowed to carry this election. I agree with the poster below- this is not about Scott, Perry or any other elected official. This is about Amendment 2 only. Please pass the message along during the short time we have to influence the election.

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    In response to the Tampa Bay Times article (http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/times-poll-medical-marijuana-amendment-in-deep-trouble/2202221)

    Keep in mind that Senator Bob Graham is very opposed to drugs. So don’t always believe what you hear from these polls…more often than not they are biased and are political scare tactics to discourage people from completing their tasks in the medical marijuana movement. (http://norml.org/act/item/sen-bob-graham)

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    This is the same people that predicted Romney by 6%
    right? A poll of 781 people is not a
    scientific poll – its not even 1% of 1% of voters! VOTE YES on #2! Don’t let them discourage you – that is their
    only chance of winning, to get people not to vote…

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      My wife and I have already voted YES on amendment 2 via mail (absentee) ballot. I’m worried about the polls, but at the same time I don’t see how people’s opinions could have swung as greatly as the polls are indicating.

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      We are also the same people who gave you 8 years of Bush. What ever happened to that recount anyway?

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      Hear hear!! 781 people is only statistically accurate for a population of 7,810 people…. stop paying attention to polls; the polls are only attempting to get you to pay attention to something else….. likely the website that caught your attention when ‘google-ing’ Amendment 2 and polls

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        The polls aren’t going to change the minds of anyone that I know. So I don’t think that’s a worry. But the polls are supposed to be an indicator of what might happen. In that regard I’m paying attention. I just hope that on November 5th I can breath a sigh of relief instead of wondering when we’ll be able to seriously take up this issue again.

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    Why would you deny medicine to someone who needs it?

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      We shouldn’t.
      But we should deny medicine to people who abuse it.
      Amendment 2 will leave us wide open for abuse. Just like in California.
      We should expand the existing law to allow people who truly need it to access it.

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        “Amendment 2 will leave us wide open for abuse”
        I must say that I disagree with that from a relative/comparative standpoint. All the other drugs that don’t have an “amendment 2” behind them are being abused and are killing people. But marijuana is currently unregulated and sold to minors without questioning their age. The legislature wouldn’t/won’t give us whole-plant regulations, so the people are trying to use the next option.

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          That’s a valid point, however I don’t think that’s how we should pass laws. This shouldn’t be an “all or nothing” thing when it comes to medicine.
          I think we should do things the right way the first time.
          If we were debating speed limits, and we both agree that 80mph should be the highway speed limit when the current is 55mph, you don’t try to pass a law with an unlimited speed limit just because you don’t like 55.

          What’s going on now is the pro-Amendment 2 people are telling us 80mph is ideal…… then forcing us to vote on an unlimited speed limit.
          If they got rid of the last line about “any condition…..” we wouldn’t have an issue.

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            “I think we should do things the right way the first time.” The problem is that with the prevailing attitude in our legislature, what you’re asking for is impossible. So the alternative to amendment 2, or the “right way” as you state, is nothing!

            “If they got rid of the last line about “any condition…..” we wouldn’t have an issue.” In that case if your disease/condition is not among the enumerated conditions, then you are excluded. It’s impossible (and inappropriate) to enumerate a completely inclusive list of conditions, and an attempt could exceed the number or words allowed in an amendment as well as cause lots of disagreement. Do we have an all inclusive list for conditions that can get Oxycontin or the many other dangerous prescription drugs? No, we leave that up to doctors. The clause “other conditions” will allow doctors to make the decision the same way they now do with Oxycontin. We must always put medical decisions in the hands of doctors – not lawmakers. Well, unless you’re Rand Paul because he’s both (that was a joke).

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            Yes, I would rather have no law than a bad one. I don’t think it’s “asking too much” to have the people whose job it is to create laws be the ones creating laws. Do they do a terrible job? Yes. But it’s still their job, not ours.
            And I’m glad it would exceed the number of words in an amendment. My whole point is that legal issues like this SHOULD NOT be amendments voted on by the general public.
            We aren’t lawyers or experts on the constitution. When you have popular opinion deciding the laws, that’s how we get in trouble.
            “The same way they do with Oxycotin….” That’s the exact example I used in a prior post about how the DOCTORS CANNOT BE TRUSTED! With Oxy we had a TERRIBLE problem with the pill mills in Florida. The doctors made a mess of things and we had to pass new laws and regulations to fix this mess.

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            The point you’re missing about the oxy is that people were
            doctor shopping – and not simply for their first prescription, but for multiple
            simultaneous prescriptions – mostly for re-sale purposes. With medical
            marijuana, people that need/want it can’t even get a single prescription, much
            less multiple simultaneous prescriptions. And most people that will try to get medical
            marijuana will not be interested in reselling it illegally anyway – they want
            it for their own consumption. Now, unlike many of my fellow supporters, I’ll
            admit upfront that if amendment 2 passes, it will be a step toward recreational
            legalization. But here’s the kicker that you probably won’t like. Sometime in
            the next 15 to 20 years, maybe much much sooner the way things are going,
            recreational (not just medical) marijuana is going to be legal in all 50 states
            and by the federal government as well. And as you know, the political parties
            in charge take turns in the majority. I don’t want the democrat party to get
            voted into the majority just so they can legalize marijuana. But if amendment 2
            passes, Republicans that feel obligated to have a public stance against
            marijuana will be able to wash their hands of any responsibility of legalizing
            it. But if amendment 2 fails and Republicans hold steadfast to their stance
            against whole-plant medical marijuana (not just charlotte’s web), they’ll
            hasten the takeover of our state government by the Democrat political party
            that has no understandings of financial issues and job issues and will sink our
            economy again. And there’s not going to be an advantage to being one of the
            last states to get on board with legalization. In fact, Florida would do well
            financially to be one of the earlier adopters because it has a lot of potential
            for growing for export. I could go on, but I’m tired and it’s late…

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            You’re right about one of the differences with Oxy. Another of course is how dangerous it is.
            But really I was only bringing up Oxy for 1 reason: to prove that doctors without legislation cannot be trusted.
            You’re also right about the likely legalization of recreational marijuana eventually everywhere. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that it’ll happen.
            I’m glad you’re at least being honestly about your goals with Amendment 2. It drives me crazy that everyone is trying to pretend that recreational use isn’t the real motive. I just don’t like the smoke and mirrors. If people claim it’s about medicine, then we should pass a good law about medicine, not sneak an “anything goes” line in there.

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            “recreational use isn’t the real motive” it’s really a dual motive, medicinal and recreational, with backers of each motive (and many that want both) joining forces for the best possible result – in my opinion. You’ve probably heard the term “self medicating” applied to some alcohol consumption. Personally I think those people would be much better off with marijuana.

            You know the old anecdote about eating an elephant. If you insist on doing the job with one or two bites in five minutes, you will not only not achieve your goal, but you will die in the process by choking to death. But if you can be content with just one manageable bite at a time, eventually you will find that you have completed the task. I believe that trying to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida at this time would meet solid resistance causing the effort to not only fall flat on its face but to also set back the cause further in time than it would be if nothing had been attempted. The approach that makes most sense is incrementalism because at each step you can see some permanent progress that you can then build upon with your next effort. But if any step fails, you still have the success of the previous efforts firmly in place. I also believe that one of the reasons the Florida legislature approved Charlotte’s web recently was because of the absence of anything (except marinol, which is largely a joke) to show as serious marijuana reform in the face of the oncoming amendment 2. So even if amendment 2 fails, there still has been a small incremental step taken on which to build – and it probably wouldn’t have happened if not for amendment 2.

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    FYI ;;; copy / past

    NBC News is producing a state-wide debate on Medical Marijuana on Wednesday, October 22nd. NBC 6 Anchor Keith Jones will travel to Orlando to cover the debate on the controversial marijuana initiative on the November ballot. This debate will air live across NBC stations throughout the state at 7 p.m.

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      That is great news! A mainstream discussion of the facts to dispel rumors may be just what is needed to push this past 60%! The longer they wait, the more upset the people will be when they find out the truth.

  16.  

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    Suffering patients will already have access to medical marijuana on January 1, 2015 WITHOUT Amendment 2.
    There’s a reason why all the potheads support Amendment 2. And it’s not because they suffer from cancer or seizures or even care about people who do. It’s because they know that anyone with “stress” or “trouble sleeping” or occasional back pain or any other “pseudo-medical” condition will be able to get access to pot.
    If you want to vote to legalize it, FINE. But don’t lie about your intentions to do it.

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      Why should people with medical need — and insomnia is legitimate, especially as marijuana is safer than pharmaceutical sleep aids which greatly increase your chances of death — wait and suffer until enough voters support recreational legalization? Why should politicians, not physicians, decide who qualifies with a serious enough condition?

      CBD (cannabidiol) which was approved by the Florida legislature is not as effective with pain relief as with THC, because cannabinoids have synergisitic effect.

      The pro-legalization side has facts, history, science, reason, logic, and yes, compassion. Prohibitionists have lies, half-truths, prejudices, and sadism.

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        My entire point is a LEGITIMATE need.
        If you’re arguing on the case of legitimate medical needs, then we should be fighting to expand coverage under the existing law.
        The problem is that Amendment 2 will have us just like California where anyone with an ILLEGITIMATE need can get it as well.
        Why should politicians, instead of “physicians” decide what is legitimate? Because physicians recently proved in Florida that THEY CANNOT BE TRUSTED! In 2010 during the peak of the Florida pill mill craze, 80% of all Oxy prescriptions in the country were written in Florida.
        Anyone who pretended to be in pain could walk into a pill mill, pay $75 and walk out with $3,000 worth of pills to use themselves or sell on the street. And many did.

        It wasn’t until politicians (and the general public) stepped in that we helped put an end (partially) to this crisis.

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          Do your research. Low THC cannabis that will be available in 2015 is NOT complete medical cannabis. THC and the terpine content of cannabis sativa is vital to many of debilitating diseases including M.S., Aids/HIV, Cancer, Spinal conditions. The Charlotte’s web strain of cannabis legalized by the legislature is not intended to help any majority of adults. Maybe 5% of diseases can be treated with low/no THC cannabis, mostly cerebral cancers and it’s main focus is pediatric leukemia.

          If proposition 2 doesn’t pass I will be leaving this state forever. I’ve got spinal stenosis in both the cervical and lumbar areas of my spine. Low no THC cannabis provides almost no muscular skeletal pain relief sure the muscle muscle seizures stop thanks to the CBD’s but only THC shuts down the radiating pain that makes it impossible to move my upper body.

          My ‘untrusted doctor’ flat out explained to me that my options are, 1) surgery that will reduce my mobility by at least 10% 2) monthly steroid shots directly into my spine, coupled with ‘pain management’ 3) 60 minutes of physical therapy daily involving sonograms. Those were my options. I presented him with Cannabis. Under his breath he mumbled, ‘It is the most effective muscle relaxant and seizure control substance we know.”

          I can now report that my last back seizure was over 14 months ago, after I’d been out of cannabis for 3 weeks, my ‘addictive withdraw’ from cannabis was minor depression and a back spasm that dropped me down the stairs and scared the hell out of my wife. She thought I’d finally after two decades of pain become fully disabled.

          I’ve spent the better part of my savings traveling the country to get the best knowledge on cannabis I could. I found it in Colorado and did try C.W. low THC, it didn’t help nearly enough even in high doses. With the assistance of a neurosurgeon (not a pot doctor) from CO, we found three strains that fully alleviate my pain and spasms, they are NOT included in the C.W. law in place.

          I choose to not be a felon in my state because of a degenerative spinal condition. You’re knowledge of cannabis is obviously lacking. I was once a gun slingin’, deep sea fishing, NRA Pro 2A Floridian who hated ‘pain management clinincs’ just as much as the bathtub meth lab. That was until a back spasm caused me to drive my truck off of I-4 into a ditch. I opted NOT to take the ONLY LEGAL options from my doctor which all of which ended with eventual surgery and opiate addiction. I chose to not live a life in ‘managed pain,’ I’m doing activities I haven’t been able to do since my 20s and reinvigorated a career I thought was beyond my grasp because of my spine.

          xMatt, my doctor would LOVE to prescribe the specific strains of cannabis I need to function unfortunately the LAW tells him he has no choice but to slice me open, shave my spine down, give me medical heroin, and repeat the process every 7 – 10 years of my life. You might see me on the street and not even know I have a back condition today, if you saw me 3 years ago you’d think I was a lazy 30 something on the motorized shopping cart because your shallow mind couldn’t conceive of a mid-30 something with a degenerative spinal condition. Vote no on 2, I’ll leave this idiotic state before I’ll darken the doors of a pill mill. I’ve already got a realtor on deck to sell my house if Nov 4 doesn’t work out in favor of my spine.

          People like you will force my family to become cannabis refugees.

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            I live in Florida also and have spinal problems that have required several surgeries. Florida is my home and I don’t want to leave, it would be too difficult to get re-started in Colorado or another legal state. I’m still holding out hope that amendment 2 will pass, but if it doesn’t, this issue will keep repeating until it does pass. i just hope it happens soon.

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            You are a perfect example of someone who SHOULD have access to the drug.
            But I’m not going to vote to allow anyone and everyone access just so the very few people who actually NEED it like yourself can get access.
            Show we a law that allows people like you to get it and keeps it out of the hands of the anyone and everyone who self medicates and I’ll vote YES.

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            I do have to laugh at your last sentence though. Give me a break. No one is forcing you to do squat. And your options are not as limited as you pretend. Plenty of people manage pain without leaving the state or becoming felons. And they’ve been doing it successfully for years.
            I’m also going to call shennanigans on your “I choose to not be a felon in my state.”
            Swear to me right now that you’ve never smoked marijuana in Florida and I’ll take it back. But for some reason, I’ll have a hard time believing it.
            I’m betting you smoke regularly and will continue to do so regardless of whether or not this passes.

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          Doctors are far more trustworthy than corrupt politicians.

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            LOL. Is that supposed to instill confidence? We may not like them much, but lawyers and politicians are the best chance we’ve got to pass and enforce the laws. General public can’t be trusted either.

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    Legalizing marijuana is NOT the issue. The issue is the manner in which
    they are trying to make it legal. If you vote no, it DOES NOT mean
    that pot will never be legal. It will just force lawmakers to make it
    legal the appropriate way – making it a law rather than a Constitutional
    amendment.

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      In the interest of time, amendment 2 needs to pass. Lawmakers won’t be “forced” to do anything if it doesn’t. On the contrary, its defeat may serve to reaffirm their stand that Floridians don’t want it. Legal cannabis may well be an inevitability, but the wheels are turning far too slowly. It would be better if amendment 2 passed.

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