Guest commentary: Grady Judd ... Medical marijuana is a sham

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If you thought the medical marijuana initiative was intended to truly help those debilitated by serious diseases, think again.

If that were the case, the authors of the amendment would not have included a truck-sized loophole in the definition of debilitating diseases qualifying a person to legally smoke pot.

The loophole changes disease to “condition.” And what constitutes a valid “condition?” Any condition where the “use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks” of someone who claimed to be sick.

In other states that have passed similar fraudulent marijuana initiatives, this means people who alleged minor ailments such as muscle spasms, neck pain, back pain and even menstrual cramps have qualified for government-sanctioned pot smoking.

The “medical marijuana” initiative is a sham. It is all about getting the camel’s nose under the tent of deceived voters to legalize marijuana in Florida. This is straight out of the pot-legalization playbook from other states. Yet I believe Floridians are smarter than these pot-promoting hucksters think.

Major medical organizations, including the American Medical Association, American Cancer Society and American Academy of Ophthalmology, have all agreed that marijuana has not been proven as a safe or effective form of medicine.

Florida recently and successfully battled against a huge prescription-drug epidemic revolving around oxycodone abuse, and now people are calling for the legalization in Florida of medical marijuana — a drug with the potential to ultimately create a revolving-door culture of abuse. As a sheriff, I cannot support any such proposal.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration classification lists marijuana as a highly addictive drug bearing no proven medical value — declaring marijuana a harmful drug. THC, the active chemical ingredient of marijuana, affects the areas of the brain which control the body’s movements, balance, coordination, memory and judgment. Use of marijuana has shown to be a contributor toward increased injuries and deaths from impaired driving and, out of the 20 states with the highest rates of drugged driving, 15 of them were states where legislation passed or ballot initiatives prevailed increasing access to pot.

I’m sure many of you have likely heard the recent radio commercials featuring John Morgan, of the law group Morgan & Morgan, attempting to gain a sympathy vote by telling you that medical marijuana can help fight diseases such as cancer, AIDS, ALS and glaucoma. In reality, the real reason is disguised and designed to be the first step for total legalization. John Morgan’s position is rejected by medical professionals.

Who are you going to believe? Knowledgeable and respectable physicians or a personal injury attorney who stands to make millions of dollars from future lawsuits based on torts by those using marijuana or injured by those using marijuana?

Medical marijuana in Florida will perpetuate the same situation that came about from pill mills — unprincipled doctors authorizing anyone who pays them to purchase pot, regardless of whether or not they have a valid medical condition.

Keep in mind, drug-related crashes have steadily increased in Florida from 2008 to 2011 with 1,556 drug-related traffic crash injuries and 190 drug-related traffic crash fatalities in 2011 alone. With numbers like these, I find it interesting that the biggest proponent of medical marijuana in Florida is one of our state’s most prolific personal injury attorneys.

Allowing medical marijuana will generate a cycle of problems. Teens will have marijuana readily available to them, creating the potential of addiction, while industrial accidents could create an increase in workers’ compensation cases. Traffic crashes from drivers high on marijuana will certainly increase. Floridians could find property values decrease in areas where pot shops and production occur.

There are also long-term effects of marijuana that must be considered. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, approximately one in 11 people who use marijuana become dependent on the drug. It has been shown teens who indulge in the use of marijuana are more likely to engage in delinquent and dangerous behavior than those teens who do not use this drug. Continued use is associated with respiratory illness and cognitive impairment. Additionally, states that have passed medical marijuana laws have experienced increased crime rates since passing the legislation.

Lawmakers and law enforcement have worked tirelessly to get Florida’s crime rate to its current 42-year low. Let’s not roll back that progress by legalizing a drug with no accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Join with your Florida sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies, those who have seen firsthand the tragedies associated with marijuana abuse, as we fight this initiative.

The state of Florida needs to send a clear message to those who want to legalize this dangerous drug by misleading the voters and abusing their sympathy: “No we will not be duped, and no we do not want to legalize marijuana!”

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TomO writes:

Could this be cutting in on the good Sheriffs income? I read on MotleyFool.com that law enforcement was one of the big losers if Medical Cannabis was legalized.

RayN writes:

Actually, the guest commentary is a sham. Comparing pot to OxyContin or meth is like comparing a row boat to a cruise ship.

It's clear the writer's real world experience, on something other than the enforcement end is nil. He must also be fortunate to have not had a family member undergoing heavy duty chemo who had no appetite and was only able to get relief through the use of marihuana.

I feel sorry for the good Sheriff because he believes what he's spouting. We need less government dictates in our lives. If free adults can't decide what to eat, drink, smoke, or live with provided their actions don't harm another person -- then they're not really free. Kindly ignore him and if the measure gets on the ballot, please vote to support it.

Hardleymarco writes:

Agree, I'd rather have people smoking a plant and receiving some relief. And no you can't compare pills to pot. Alcohol causes more problems / deaths / incarcerations. Not to mention the ripple effect caused by people drinking the night before can't show up for work, poor performance on the job etc.
Watching the commercials on tv for alcohol is a joke. The glorification of alcohol is what should be prohibited.
It's 420 somewhere.

1Paradiselost writes:

Hey Marco Eagle.. Where is the Trey Radel Coke Story?

1Paradiselost writes:

Trey Radel bought 3.5 grams of coke. That's a lot!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/polit...

Hardleymarco writes:

Genuine drinker

Konfuzius writes:

"According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy, approximately one in 11 people who use marijuana become dependent on the drug."

What is with the heavy user of alcohol?
Same problem. But alcohol is on tax.
Marijuana isn't! Means: It is a tax problem and not a health issue!

gladesgator writes:

Just think, every Morgan and Morgan will proudly display their cards in every pot shop on the corner.

Seems to me that an appropriate question to anyone who hires Morgan is now and always has been " What are you smoking?"

26yearsonmarco writes:

I guess the "For the People" group will change their logo from "Mold is Gold", to "Pot is Hot".

I agree with 1P about this papers lack of coverage regarding our deadbeat Rep who replaced our last deadbeat Rep, whose wife said no to every vote he said yes to.

When will "We the People' wake up????

1Paradiselost writes:

26..

One has to ask, what kind of place/country do we live in that censors the news? I would expect is in China, not America.

This is OUR LOCAL congressman not some representative who lives in Vermont or Virginia.

We voted for this gentleman! As voters this newspaper has an obligation under the Constitution to keep us, the public/voters informed.

If you or I were arrested for buying 3.5 oz of cocaine our pictures would be front and center.

This is not a political issue, The man, our congressman is a criminal, and should be treated as such!

RayPray writes:

Isn't Florida Sheriffs Association that dubious group always asking soliciting donations in return for bumper sticker you can paste on your car in the vain hope of avoiding a speeding ticket?

RayPray writes:

in response to TomO:

Could this be cutting in on the good Sheriffs income? I read on MotleyFool.com that law enforcement was one of the big losers if Medical Cannabis was legalized.

Don't forget the honeypot of civil forfeiture!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brad-re...

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/20...

How could this country have been duped into establishing this layer of overpaid militarized cops getting fat off the phony wars on drugs & terrorism?

Konfuzius writes:

in response to RayPray:

Isn't Florida Sheriffs Association that dubious group always asking soliciting donations in return for bumper sticker you can paste on your car in the vain hope of avoiding a speeding ticket?

That is the biggest BS Americans small minded people belief.
THAT IS SO s----- THAT MIPD NOT EVEN TRY TO ADAPT THIS BS CONCEPT!
Just small thinking security junkies think TSA is valuable like this bumper sticker!

26yearsonmarco writes:

in response to 1Paradiselost:

26..

One has to ask, what kind of place/country do we live in that censors the news? I would expect is in China, not America.

This is OUR LOCAL congressman not some representative who lives in Vermont or Virginia.

We voted for this gentleman! As voters this newspaper has an obligation under the Constitution to keep us, the public/voters informed.

If you or I were arrested for buying 3.5 oz of cocaine our pictures would be front and center.

This is not a political issue, The man, our congressman is a criminal, and should be treated as such!

1P,

I agreed with you about the lack of news at 9:02, and the first article appeared at 10:44.

I guess someone beside the NSA is listening to us.

Konfuzius writes:

"How could this country have been duped into establishing this layer of overpaid militarized cops getting fat off the phony wars on drugs & terrorism?"

Because they have all military backgrounds\!

Konfuzius writes:

in response to 26yearsonmarco:

1P,

I agreed with you about the lack of news at 9:02, and the first article appeared at 10:44.

I guess someone beside the NSA is listening to us.

NSA is listening to 87 million Americans! Everey day!

RayPray writes:

in response to Konfuzius:

NSA is listening to 87 million Americans! Everey day!

87 million Americans! + Angela Merkel

If the Great OBAMA had any speck of integrity, he would go to the bank and withdraw the proceeds from his fake Nobel prize and wire them to Ed Snowden, our necessary Nathan Hale....

1Paradiselost writes:

"Rep. Radel raked in $1k per plate after coke bust from unwitting Naples donors"

"The Radel fundraiser invitation, obtained by Naples City Desk, invites donors to pay $1,000 per plate to the Nov. 5 “Gourmet with Trey”

IT GOES ON TO SAY

According to court documents, federal FBI and DEA agents and learned as part of their investigation that Radel had bought and done cocaine with an acquaintance and that he regularly bought cocaine and shared it with others. After meeting with an undercover police officer and an acquaintance at a restaurant in the historic DuPont Circle neighborhood, Radel bought 3.5 grams of cocaine from the undercover police officer for $260.

After Radel took possession of the cocaine, federal agents swooped in and Radel dropped the cocaine to the street. He then invited the agents to discuss the situation back at his apartment, where he turned over a vial of cocaine he had there.

HE ALSO HAD COCAINE IN HIS APARTMENT.....

Read the rest of the story here...

http://www.watchdogcity.com/newsstand...

tikihut2206 writes:

Pot should be used for medical reason..people with cancer,etc...what is the problem with you people...should not be used for miner pain such as cramps..but for cancer patients yes...have anyone of u every smoked pot..come on..be honest!!!

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