Bill would allow medical marijuana in Florida

Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

Qualified patients would be able to possess and use medical marijuana for treatment of certain conditions, as long as they have a registry ID card from state officials, under a bill filed Wednesday by a Senate Democrat.

Senate Bill 1250 also would allow for licensed medical cannabis farms and dispensaries. Under the bill, filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, the maximum amount of medical pot a patient or caregiver could possess would be 4 ounces of dried medical cannabis or eight pot plants, though state officials could change those amounts through the rulemaking process.

The measure, named for Cathy Jordan, who suffers from ALS -- Lou Gehrig’s disease -- comes two days after Manatee County sheriff's officials went to Jordan's home and seized 23 marijuana plants. A sheriff's spokesman disputed that authorities raided the home or that the seizure had anything to do with the planned filing of the bill, saying officers went there after a real estate agent alleged Jordan was using a neighboring property's electricity.

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swamp999 writes:

Folks, legalized Marijuana is a reality, it's no longer a question of if, it's a question of when! States need the tax base it will create. People want it and will stop at nothing to get it. Our prisons are full of drug offenders and it's crazy to be paying for these people to be in jail. California, Colorado and additional states already have it and Florida is going to have it as well. All the White Old Men who want to stop it are going to be defeated. This time Marijuana is a done deal!

ajm3s writes:

"Senate Bill 1250 also would allow for licensed medical cannabis farms and dispensaries. Under the bill, filed by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, the maximum amount of medical pot a patient or caregiver could possess would be 4 ounces of dried medical cannabis or eight pot plants, though state officials could change those amounts through the rulemaking process."

Another bad bill!

Why? a bill on MEDICAL marijuana with no control on the potency? In America, if it becomes law, should it not be under the control of the FDA with guidelines as to quality etc.

I guess the term MEDICAL will now include any material dispensed legally regardless of its efficacy relative to potency.

God, we need more trained scientists and medical professionals reviewing our bills and enacting law. Imagine in this world of regulation, marijuana gets a pass.

Oh man, pass the joint and let me have a hit! [in the background, Barbara Streisand sings 'Memories" scratched out on a vinyl LP]

http://www.lyricsfreak.com/b/barbra+s...

1Paradiselost writes:

There are similarities between the Prohibition Repeal era and the current state of affairs regarding the legalization of marijuana.

We need to take the profits out of the hands of the cartels & corner drug dealers. By doing so we will cut violence in our major cities streets by more than half.

You have children on the streets armed selling drugs making thousands of dollars a week. Where is the incentive to those children to work a 9 to 5 job that pays a fraction of what they make now?

Could someone answer that question?

We should control the sale, regulate and tax the product as we did with alcohol during the 1930's. Then and only then will we rid the streets of the modern day Al Capone's.

We have lost Nixon's war on drugs, Nancy Reagan saying "Just Say No" does not work. The past 50 years have proven that.

Remember... Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is just plain s-----! And is a waist of our tax dollars.

Medical Marijuana is a good first step..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buf3wH...

RayPray writes:

in response to GorchFock:

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"abused woman and children, strange behavior and out of control people"

>>> None of this is factually true.

"I am not happy with the development of this kind of freedom in America."

>>> How can you seriously object to any augmentation of liberty here?

>>> Can you not handle your own life without looking to the morons in the government to tell you what to do?

RayPray writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

There are similarities between the Prohibition Repeal era and the current state of affairs regarding the legalization of marijuana.

We need to take the profits out of the hands of the cartels & corner drug dealers. By doing so we will cut violence in our major cities streets by more than half.

You have children on the streets armed selling drugs making thousands of dollars a week. Where is the incentive to those children to work a 9 to 5 job that pays a fraction of what they make now?

Could someone answer that question?

We should control the sale, regulate and tax the product as we did with alcohol during the 1930's. Then and only then will we rid the streets of the modern day Al Capone's.

We have lost Nixon's war on drugs, Nancy Reagan saying "Just Say No" does not work. The past 50 years have proven that.

Remember... Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result is just plain s-----! And is a waist of our tax dollars.

Medical Marijuana is a good first step..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Buf3wH...

"Nancy Reagan saying "Just Say No" does not work."

>>> This works for me. It's the strategy I deploy to keep nuisance relatives from visiting.

"Medical Marijuana is a good first step.."

>>> On the contrary, medical marijuana is an abomination.

>>> When you're sick, you shouldn't be having fun along the way. Instead you should remain as miserable as possible. A solid argument could be made that all sick people should be forced into a round of nauseating chemotherapy, even if suffering from something like heart trouble or gall stones.

>>> Recreational drugs must be consecrated solely to recreation!

RayNetherwood writes:

1P .... Bravo. Ray, really? Medical pot for chemo folks isn't for a buzz, they can usually get scripted stuff for that, it's to want to or be able to .... eat. May you not have to go through such an experience.

Having said that, America's war on drugs is beyond s-----.

1Paradiselost writes:

in response to RayNetherwood:

1P .... Bravo. Ray, really? Medical pot for chemo folks isn't for a buzz, they can usually get scripted stuff for that, it's to want to or be able to .... eat. May you not have to go through such an experience.

Having said that, America's war on drugs is beyond s-----.

I believe I said that! It's time to change the drugs laws that have not worked for the past 50 years!

Medical marijuana helps those who suffer from the side effects of cancer. Why not help those who are in pain?

The only people who now profit are violent street gangs with guns and the Mexican cartels.

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