The Florida Sheriffs Association is in opposition of SB 528. In addition, Florida Sheriffs oppose the legalization of recreational marijuana and believe the future of “medical” marijuana is best left to the scientists and medical professionals at the Food and Drug Administration. However continuing to stand with the compassionate citizens of Florida, the Florida Sheriffs Association will not support legislation that extends beyond our following core principles.Sorry sheriffs, but you can't say 'leave it to the professionals' and then go on to make an extensive list of demands that take important decisions out of the hands of those same professionals.
FSA Core Legislative Principles:
1. Research shows that smoked marijuana is not medicine, but components of marijuana may have medicinal value. Therefore, medical marijuana must not be smoked and should be delivered in a manner that ensures safe and effective dosing for patients.
2. If medical marijuana is authorized as a form of treatment it should be permitted only for the following:
• Cancer, epilepsy, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, paraplegia, and quadriplegia. Exceptions could be made for the terminally ill.
• A patient must not receive medical marijuana for general “pain” because pain is not a disease. Pain is one of five vital signs assessed by a medical professional, which also includes temperature, pulse, respirations, and blood pressure.
Smoked marijuana cannot be medicine??? Someone better let Irvin Rosenfeld know that. He's been smoking 10 USDA certified, government provided marijuana cigarettes EVERY DAY for over 25 years, and he probably would not be with us today without them.
Irvin Rosenfeld is Florida's only legal pot smoker. His marijuana provider? The federal government. Since 1982, as part of an experimental drug program, Rosenfeld has received a monthly tin with 300 fat joints – about nine ounces – grown by the feds on a farm at the University of Mississippi.
Rosenfeld, 60, a Fort Lauderdale stockbroker with a painful chronic bone tumor disorder, carries a prescription bag with his marijuana cigarettes to work. When I visited him at his office last week, he took a hit off a smokeless vapor pipe, which he sometimes uses when the market gets hectic. But he prefers smoking, which he says is more beneficial in getting the plant's full medicinal effects.
Every few hours, he ducks into a parking garage, greets the standard tobacco junkies puffing away during their smoke breaks, and lights up.
Every six months, Rosenfeld and his sponsoring physician send a report to the feds about his treatment. Rosenfeld should be Exhibit A in the fight for medical marijuana, yet organizers of Florida's petition drive to get the amendment on the 2014 ballot haven't reached out to him. Rosenfeld said he has called John Morgan, the Tampa attorney spearheading the effort, three times and hasn't heard back.
Clearly, smoked marijuana can be medicine.
Any comprehensive medical marijuana law must also include chronic pain as a qualifying condition. Medical marijuana is an alternative to deadly and addictive opiates like oxycodone. States with reasonable medical marijuana laws have seen a 25% drop in opioid related deaths. I did the math. Here in Florida that translates to 700 lives saved every year.
I grew up in a law enforcement family and as a child I spent a lot of time at the annual PBA and FOP picnics. I have great respect for law enforcement officers. But their job is enforcement. They are not elected legislators and they certainly aren't medical doctors.
They really need to stop pretending to be both.