Florida > Marijuana Legalization Debate Continues

| February 12, 2015

Medical-Marijuana

TALLAHASSEE — Supporters of the legalized use of marijuana and cannabis have continued calls for the state to act.

State Senator Jeff Clemens, of Lake Worth, is leading the effort.  He first filed a bill calling for legalization four years ago.  The latest rally saw supporters from all over Florida converge on the state capitol to draw attention to the need for legalized medical marijuana.

“The people are either supporting family members or their own ability to be able to treat their illness the way they see fit,” Clemens stated in a recent article.

The passage of Amendment 2 in Florida this past election created hopes of legislation.  Republicans are now backing a bill, with Sheriffs stating they’d support something that doesn’t include smoking.

Supporters noted at the rally of the benefits medically of the drug, including help for those suffering from seizures and other conditions.

The group hopes the effort is working toward getting enough signatures to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2016.  Though a new bill was filed this session in the House, supporters noted it would not allow for smokable marijuana, with claims the bill is “watered down”.

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  1. Christian Conservative says:

    Let’s start doing unto others as we would have them do unto us. None of us would want our kids put in jail over a little marijuana. None of us would want the police to confiscate and sell our parents’ home because they grew a couple of plants to help with the aches and pains of growing older. Let’s start treating other people the way we would want to be treated.

    If you’re a Georgia reader interested in this issue, you can email your Georgia House Representative and Senator:
    Go to the link
    http://www.house.ga.gov/Representatives/en-US/HouseMembersList.aspx
    click on their name to find their email address
    Email your Georgia State Senator:
    http://www.senate.ga.gov/senators/en-US/SenateMembersList.aspx
    These lists have a search engine; just type in your town and it will highlight your Representative and your Senator.
    Polite. Responsible. Friendly.

  2. The question of what to do about drugs is not a new one. Over the last 100 years there have been numerous major government commissions around the world that have studied the drug laws and made recommendations for changes. You can find the full text of all of them at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer under Major Studies of Drugs and Drug Policy.

    They all reached remarkably similar conclusions, no matter who did them, or where, or when, or why. They all agreed that the current laws were based on ignorance and nonsense, and that the current policy does more harm than good, no matter what you assume about the dangers of drugs. You don’t have to take my word for that. Read them yourself.

    If you are new to the collection, start with Licit and Illicit Drugs at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/cu/cumenu.htm That is the best overall review of the drug problem ever written. If you only read one book on the subject, make it that one. It will give you a good summary of what you would learn if you read all the other major reports.

    In 1973, President Nixon’s US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse completed the largest study of the drug laws ever done. At the end of their study, they said the real drug problem was not marijuana, or heroin, or cocaine. The real drug problem, they said, was the ignorance of our public officials who keep spouting off with solutions but have never read the most basic research on the subject.

    In a perfect illustration of their point, Nixon refused to read his own commission’s report. The full text can be found at http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/Library/studies/nc/ncmenu.htm

  3. Marijuana was outlawed for two major reasons. The first was because “All Mexicans are crazy and marijuana is what makes them crazy. The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana – exactly the opposite of the modern “gateway” nonsense.

    Only one MD testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937. The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason for the law. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines at the time, with no significant problems. In response, the committee told him that, if he wasn’t going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

    The only other “expert” to testify was James C. Munch, a psychologist. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected marijuana directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn’t know what to conclude because he wasn’t a dog psychologist. Mr. Munch also testified in court, under oath, that marijuana could make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat. He then described how he flew around the room for two hours.

    Mr. Munch was the only “expert” in the US who thought marijuana should be illegal, so they appointed him US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served and guided policy for 25 years.

    If you read the transcripts of the hearings, one question is asked more than any other: “What is this stuff?” It is quite apparent that Congress didn’t even know what they were voting on. The law was shoved through by a small group of lunatics with no real awareness by anyone else of what was happening.

    See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/History/whiteb1.htm for an entertaining short history of the marijuana laws.
    See http://druglibrary.org/schaffer/hemp/taxact/taxact.htm for the complete transcripts of the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937.

  4. It should be obvious to anyone that marijuana is big business. By some estimates, it is about the same size as the beer business, about $100 billion per year. It should also be obvious that it won’t be going away any time soon.

    Therefore, there are only three choices as to who will control the market, make all the rules for production and sales, enforce all the age limits and labeling rules, and spend all the tens of billions that come from the trade. The choices are:

    1) Government, with proper regulations and taxes to address problems.
    2) Private business, with proper regulations and taxes to address problems.
    3) Organized crime, with no regulations or taxes to address problems.

    We have chosen organized crime to have a complete monopoly on the trade. Anyone in favor of the current laws need to explain why they think this gives us the most cost-effective control over any related problems.

  5. “Republicans are now backing a bill, with Sheriffs stating they’d support something that doesn’t include smoking.”

    The US Government sends a big tin can full of medical marijuana joints to a number of people each month. If it is good enough for the Feds, why are these people complaining?