Thursday, October 2, 2014

The Rules Is The Rules

I'm sure by now you've all been inundated by tales of the horrible loopholes in Amendment 2; that it will allow felonious vagabonds into your nursery to secretly give your newborns medical marijuana for their teething pains.

As I've pointed out already, that's pure crap.

These aren't loopholes because the final laws and regulations governing Florida's medical marijuana program have yet to be written. So what should those rules and regulations look like? The "Florida for Care Blue Ribbon Commission" thinks they should look something like this.
• Dispensaries should be at least 1,000 feet from schools, day care centers and drug rehab facilities. (common sense)
• "Personal caregivers," who pick up the pot at the dispensary and deliver it to the patients, cannot be felons unless they are immediate family members or had their rights restored. (this is usually a family member, not a professional) 
• Physicians should have previously treated a patient before issuing a certificate that qualifies the patient to use medical marijuana. And every certificate should be followed by an annual exam. (this stops pill mills)
• Physicians should never issue a marijuana card to a minor without parental consent. (already Florida law)
There is not one objection to Amendment 2 that can't be solved with common sense rules and regulations, entirely in keeping with the stated goal of providing the compassionate and legal use of medical marijuana to very sick people.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Off topic, has the little fat lawyer for the Indians been sentenced to prison yet? Thought his sentencing date was soon . Details!

Anonymous said...

33 months.

Anonymous said...

"You tainted law enforcement, tainted the Florida Bar ........"

Here it comes 3.

Godwhacker said...

I don't think we're supposed to use the word 'fat' any more. I think it's 'gravitationally challenged.'

Anonymous said...

Little is ok , right ? Limp? Stubby?

Anonymous said...

Interesting that you think that the Legislature can, by statute, fix all of the problems and inconsistencies in the amendment. They cannot. See Browning v. Florida Hometown Democracy, 29 So.3d 1053 (Fla. 2010).

Godwhacker said...

@9:24

What's really interesting is that you come here comparing apples and oranges and expect not to get caught.

First, there are no problems or inconsistencies with Amendment 2 as written. It leaves many questions unanswered intentionally, thereby giving the Florida Legislature and the Florida Department of Health the freedom to write the rules and regulations that make sense for Florida.

Medical marijuana is a comparatively simple question when put up against the stew of special interests and zoning regulations that plague Hometown Democracy.

The problems highlighted in the Browning case show exactly why amendments should not be written so inflexibly and why they SHOULD leave much up to the legislature and regulatory bodies.

Thank you for making my case.

Cocaine Princess said...

Godwhacker @10:31,
RE: 'gravitationally challenged.'

Hehe!!