Wednesday, October 29, 2014

More YES On 2

A great endorsement for Amendment 2 here from Florida Today.
If we can expand personal freedom without creating a new public harm, we should do it. If we can empower the sick with an affordable, relatively safe option for treating pain, lost appetite or other chronic symptoms, we should do that too. 
And if it's right to expand personal freedom and health options for the hurting, then we must decriminalize the doctors, family members and suppliers who help them. 
This is our case for legalizing and regulating the use of medical marijuana in Florida. If you agree, vote "yes" on Amendment 2. 
To be clear, FLORIDA TODAY does not support legalizing pot for recreational use, as Colorado and Washington state have done. Amendment 2 doesn't do that. 
Still, we've heard some imaginative criticisms of it, including alleged loopholes that would allow doctors to prescribe pot for hangnails or let drug dealers deliver cannabis to schoolchildren. 
Concerned, we scoured the full language and history of the proposed amendment and — like the Florida Supreme Court — found it to be straightforward and carefully written. We also reviewed large-scale studies from the 23 states that have legalized medical marijuana. That research shows warnings about crime, addiction and youth drug use are overblown and contrary to experience in places like California. 
If Amendment 2 passes with 60 percent of votes: 
• People with "debilitating medical conditions," such as cancer, Parkinson's disease or Crohn's disease, could receive certification notes from licensed physicians that, in turn, qualify them for state ID cards required to buy marijuana. Doctors must examine those patients in person. 
• Doctors could certify patients for "other conditions." But only with "a written document ... stating that in the physician's professional opinion, the patient suffers from a debilitating medical condition, that the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the patient." The state can discipline doctors who break the law. 
• Dispensaries or "medical marijuana treatment centers" could open in our cities and towns. As Cocoa Beach has done, local officials may already adopt codes restricting where those businesses open and how they look. 
• "Personal caregivers" could help administer marijuana to up to five qualified patients. A caregiver must be 21, meet standards to be set by the Florida Department of Health and carry an ID card. 
We see no likely public harm from passage. 
In fact, a study just published by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that overdose deaths from prescription painkillers were 25 percent lower over 10 years in states that passed medical-marijuana laws. 
A University of Texas-Dallas study of 16 years of FBI crime data found no increase in violence or property crime in states that allow medical marijuana. 
In Los Angeles, where dispensaries surged from a handful to nearly 600 from 2005 to 2010, rates of teen marijuana use actually dropped, according to research by Montana State and the University of Colorado-Denver. 
Go ahead and vote "yes" on Amendment 2. It would expand freedom and empower the hurting with little potential downside.


Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Hi Everyone,

As a former New York State Law Enforcement Sergeant and sick 9/11 First Responder, I'd like to explain why myself and many other sick Floridians need the passage of Amendment 2 come Nov. 4th.

My Medical Conditions: Renal Cell Carcinoma - Right Nephrectomy, Papillary Cancer - Thyroidectomy, C.O.P.D., Asthma, Bronchitis, Bronchiectasis, Atelectasis, Reactive Airway Dysfunction Syndrome, Severe Sleep Apnea, Growing Lung Nodules, Right Temporal Brain Lesion, GERD, Pre Barrett's - Severe Dysplasia, Degenerative Spinal Disease, Sinusitis, Rhinitis, unexplainable weight loss of 50+ pounds and RLS.

I wasn't always pro (Legalization of Medical Marijuana) Amendment 2. It wasn't until the pain medication that I was prescribed starting making me sick, that's when I decided to do some research and experiment with marijuana. When I found a 40% - 60% reduction in back pain, my RLS was 100% relieved and I had my appetite back (my weight loss has stabilized) with no stomach issues, that's when I was convinced that medical marijuana was/is the correct course of treatment for my medical conditions. My quality of life has been increased dramatically, thanks to Marijuana.

Prior to my experiments the only experience I had with marijuana was when I was a teen, I just couldn't envision how patients were going to benefit by using this medication. But, I was basing my assumption on my past use when I was a kid, I wasn't sick back then, I was a vibrant kid who felt great.

I had no idea just how superior marijuana was/is over opiate medication. With one kidney, I need to be very careful when taking Vicodin, Oxycontin, Codeine and all the other dangerous, addictive pain medication that physicians are allowed to prescribe to patients. I don't want to destroy my remaining kidney and end up on dialysis, aside from that... My stomach is shot from all the medications I've had to take over the years, as well as all the steroids and GERD. My stomach will no longer tolerate these medications, I get sick within 15 minutes and then my stomach is shot for the rest of the day. I'm out of options, If physicians can prescribe dangerous opiate medication, I cannot find any logical reason why they should not be permitted to prescribe a less harmful medication like marijuana. ALL medical treatment options should be between patients and their physicians, politicians and/or the law should have no business interfering with "ANY" treatment options that are available.


Anonymous said...

I don't know anyone who is against medical marihuana. This will pass with ease.

Godwhacker said...


Me too!


I am fighting for you!


Some polls show Amendment 2 losing. Some show it winning but just barely. United for Care's best internal polling shows it at 62% which is within the margin of error for a win or a loss.

If you support Amendment 2 please get out and vote for it. We cannot wait for our incalcitrant Florida government to help people like 7:13!

Anonymous said...

Good to know that you do not believe in competing points of views. That is the same mentality as the GOP wackos who say Gays are evil, etc, and can't even listen to an opposing point of view.

You are a hypocrite.

Godwhacker said...

You're not a competing point of view. You're an idiot. This isn't a free speech zone. We delete offensive posts and ads all the time. You want free speech???

Go write your own blog.

Anonymous said...

If this was your blog, and not somebody else's that would be a semi-appropriate response.

Godwhacker said...

I designed this blog, visually at least. It has two administrators. SFL and myself. Do you have any more questions?

Anonymous said...

Not sure how the last post was offensive, but here it goes, sans the motivations of those who are piggybacking:

Once this passes, you cannot control who is prescribed marijauana, or where they smoke it.

You and your family (including children) will soon see that you will be inhaling second hand marijuana smoke (not all the time, but sometimes) at open air resturants and other public places, such as Lincoln Rd.

I have seen first hand that anybody can obtain a marijuana prescription based upon almost any "ailment" in California. For example, "Severe Anxiety" or "Acute Anxiety" is a typical basis.

Those people will have a right to take their "medicine" wherever they choose, including in your face, in public.

Godwhacker said...

Amendment 2 does not give anyone the right to smoke marijuana in public. It avoids the pitfalls of California where doctors can issue medical marijuana IDs directly by only issuing the IDs centrally through Tallahassee, where abuse can be tracked.

Accusing people who are fighting for this of 'wanting to get high' is asinine. You can buy marijuana today, anywhere in this country, including within the walls of our highest security prisons.

I have a friend struggling with Hepatitis C and pot is the only thing that lets her eat. She's a skinny girl already. She and people like her are my motivation for being involved with this issue.

To suggest childish and selfish motives in this fight offends me to the degree.

Godwhacker said...

Let me also ad that right now you can go to the doctor, claim 'anxiety' and get a perception for a drug like Xanax. Xanax has terrible side effects like addiction, death, and an increased risk of dementia. Drugs of its class were associated with a 50% increased risk for Alzheimer's.

Now if a doctor could instead recommend a substance like marijuana which is actually shown to prevent dementia, has a low level of addiction, and never caused a death, how is that a bad thing?

Godwhacker said...

This is from the direct text of the amendment.

"The amendment does not require accommodations for medical marijuana use “in any place of education or employment, or of smoking medical marijuana in any public place.”

Anonymous said...

It isn't a bad thing - this should be done so that truly sick people can benefit.

But to deny that the majority of support for this is coming from people who do not need it, but who want to smoke it is naive.

All you need to know about how effective these "protections" will be is to go look at who is parking in the handicapped space with their Tallahassee issued and monitored placard - more often than not, the douche bag in a sporty BMW or Mercedes who could run a marathon if he wanted to. Sure, some people who need the spaces use them, but many who do not do as well.

Those are the people who won't give two shits about sparking up in front of kids in public. I do not think even you believe that will be a good thing.

Godwhacker said...

Save your psychic powers bullshit for Madam Cleo. You don't have any idea what I think.

Godwhacker said...

While you're worried that someone may smoke a joint in public, in front of children, I'm worried that children like this will be brutalized and maimed in a failed war on drugs.

That's what I think.

Anonymous said...

Then how is it you oppose legalization of all drugs? You think marijuana legalization will end these types of tactics?

Anonymous said...

If not for homophobia would the trolls be attacking Godwhacker like this? But then if Godwhacker wasn't who he was would the blog exist? LOL at anyone with a brain actually against Amendment 2. Pot is safer than Tylenol and far safer than liquor. Maybe even the tax money can go to alcohol, opiate and benzo rehabs.

Godwhacker said...

I support Colorado style marijuana legalization and a Portuguese style decriminalization for other drugs. That differs from outright legalization but it diminishes most of the troubling police state tactics that make the drug war more dangerous than the drugs it fights.

What Portugal did was an enormous success, unlike our approach. If interested look up Glenn Greenwald's piece for CATO on it.

Godwhacker said...


Thank you! I eat trolls for breakfast and I wash 'em down with beer.

South Florida Lawyers said...

Sheesh, you guys were busy while I got my American Horror Story on last night!

Godwhacker said...

The two headed Bondi is my favorite!

Anonymous said...

I have no issue with properly regulated medical marijuana laws. My problem is that this should NOT be a constitutional amendment. For those of you who say "legislators will never pass such a law", my response is easy: get out and vote for legislators that will enact laws that supposedly a majority of the State wants. We need to stop amending our constitution unnecessarily.

Anonymous said...

12:00 I am voting yes but do agree with you that this should not be a constitutional issue but a legislative one.
It's interesting to me that this may pass but yet if we had to go through the legislature it wouldn't. Aren't they supposed to be presenting the views of those they represent?
Sorry, my naivete came out there - what was I thinking, representatives who represented the people??

Godwhacker said...

Legislation would have been a better route. But how long are people like 7:13 supposed to wait? Will they still be here when we find this perfect solution?

Enough. Let's act now. YES ON 2!

Godwhacker said...

Moreover, the fact that the legislators won't act isn't limited to this specific issue. Study after study shows that our democratic republic is decaying under a flood of special interest money.

Sure, I can support better lawmakers. But what good is my support when it is drowned out by millions in dark money in a system that can only be described as legalized bribery?

In the fact of such corruption, the amendment process is the citizens last resort and entirely justified.