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Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Fails, But Still Gets Strong Majority Of Votes

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Florida medical marijuanaSadly, it appears that Florida’s medical marijuana initiative has failed to pass, according to several media reports. The ‘Yes on Amendment 2’ campaign did a stellar job and shouldn’t hang their heads. A strong majority of Florida voters approved the medical marijuana initiative. In just about any other state the 2014 Election Day results would have been enough. But in Florida an initiative has to get at least 60% of the vote, and as a result, the initiative didn’t pass.

Opponents will no doubt celebrate their ‘victory.’ However, I hope they know that they didn’t really win. If they want to congratulate each other on getting a clear minority of votes as a result of running a highly funded campaign that was largely built on lies, by all means, go ahead. Kudos for using shady political tactics to get barely over 40% of people to agree with you. Below is a reaction from Tom Angell, the head of Marijuana Majority:

“While it’s disappointing that patients in Florida won’t be able to find legal relief with marijuana just yet, tonight’s result does show that a clear majority of voters in the sunshine state support a new direction. We didn’t get the 60% needed to pass medical marijuana as a constitutional amendment, but patients and their supporters will keep pushing until the law reflects what most voters want. The campaign this year faced several key challenges, including that it took place during a midterm election in which turnout dynamics don’t favor marijuana reform. Next time medical marijuana is on the ballot, organizers should put patients and medical professionals at the forefront of the campaign rather than relying on a well-meaning but much less sympathetic political donor as the chief spokesperson.”

Here’s to the Florida medical marijuana 2016 campaign! Clearly a majority of Floridians want medical marijuana. It’s just a matter of making one more push, learning from the previous campaign, and following thru. Had marijuana been a statewide candidate in Florida, it would have received more v0tes than any other candidate. Preparation for Election Day 2016 in Florida starts NOW! Below is also a reaction from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition:

Amendment 2, which would have protected patients and doctors from prosecution for using/recommending medical marijuana for serious medical conditions, has failed though it garnered a solid majority of votes. Covered conditions would have included cancer, AIDS, Crohn’s Disease, Parkinson’s “or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient,” but would not have allowed patients to operate a motor vehicle under the influence, consume marijuana in public or on the job and would not have required insurers to pay for the treatment. Unfortunately, because the initiative was for a constitutional amendment, it needed 60% to pass and looks like it will fall just short of that number.

“This is a loss for the sick, for the elderly, and for all those who care about public safety,” said Special Agent Raymond Strack (Ret.), a Florida resident and spokesperson for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. “The only people who have benefitted from this election are the violent gangs who continue to make money on marijuana’s prohibition.”

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a 501(c)3 nonprofit of cops, prosecutors, judges and other law enforcement officials who want to end the war on drugs.

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  1. You know that some billionaire asshole Sheldon Adelson who lives in Las Vegas spent millions on anti compassion act campaigns and commercials to prevent people like you and I to get help on pure relief. Then a lot of stupid old people who watch Fox News and listens to their terrible propaganda. On top of Sheriff Grady Judd who wants all the money from kickbacks from the DEA and seizures of people’s property for using cannabis a harmless drug. He went to churches and spread lies and misinformation about Amendment 2. Just because he wants his sheriff’s office to get the shiny new tank that can bust down your for and violate your rights. Tried using God as an excuse. I think it’s funny that most Christians ignore the bible verse Genesis 1:29 Then God Said “I give you all seed bearing plants of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seeds in it.They will be yours for food.” New international version.

    Most Christians take the bible as literal most of the time. No metaphors hardly at all. That is of course until it used to show them something that they don’t agree with. Then they try to twist it by saying something like “Oh well God didn’t mean cannabis” First how the heck do you know what GOD meant. To me is pretty clear ALL seed bearing plants. Even though it has exactly the right amount of vitamins and amino acids your body needs. Or that its been used since the dawn of time by consumption,smoked, used for paper, sails, food, medicine, over a billion textile uses from its fiber (hemp) alone and who knows how many from its cellulose and not a SINGLE DEATH can be directly linked to it. Alcohol and tobacco kills hundreds of thousand of people a year still perfectly legal. But they immediately try to shut down on those arguments because it proves them wrong in a rational debate.

    Also I believe that another reason Florida didn’t get enough votes is because young people today don’t give a crap about politics. They don’t vote. Old people vote. Unless you vote nothing will ever change.

  2. I’m another disgusted Floridian who’s been dealing with complications of cancer for a long time. And I’m so disgusted that lies are used to misinform people. Also someone like Grady Judd going around to churches and actively spreading misinformation bc he is a law officer and chief of the sheriff’s office and they get money every time they bust a marijuana user. They are able to size their property their cars and any money they find.

    Thank you Florida for making a cancer patient suffer.

  3. “Thank You” people of Florida for keeping me away from Satan’s Weed, and allowing me to continue to take all the prescribed (photo) medication from my educated physician. For allowing me to enjoy daily, all the side affects they cause. Also keeping me from having sex with Negro’s, listening to evil jazz music and being unproductive. From the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you, I hope this photo made the post.
    (this is posted as jocular)

  4. “Why did he do it”. For the reason we are having this conversation. Making it nearly impossible for a Floriduh Constitutional Amendment to be presented and passed “By The People”. Not only for this MMJ scenario, but for anything else that the people want to address because the legislators will not. So “The People” take it into their own hands and address an issue. A save the mosquito amendment would still need 60% to pass, which it probably would down here.
    Therefore leaving it all up to the (what’s in it for me) legislators. Floriduh is the only state that has this 60% threshold. I believe that it may be un-constitutional to have this out of reach threshold of 60% for the people. There is no equal protection, it does not apply in any other state. It’s a, make them feel happy set up, only to fail.
    If the Governor needed 60%, we would never have a Governor.
    The majority dose not rule in Floriduh, Tallahassee does.
    In the meantime I am starting a “Save the Mosquito” campaign. lol.

  5. Is this US democracy at work? Are these laws even Constitution in the first place?

    Wayne T
    Queensland, Australia

    Waynetimagic
    gmail

  6. So, 58% of the people get screwed. What a state.

    The land of the free the home of the brave

    And the grave of the sick.

    Wayne T
    Queensland, Australia

    Waynetimagic
    gmail

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