South Miami Supports Medical Marijuana
The city commission's vote comes as marijuana supporters are conducting two separate petition drives to decriminalize marijuana in Florida. We've made no secret about our pot advocacy, so it is good to see elected officials act rationally for once.
In Miami Beach, Sensible Florida is collecting signatures for a ballot question asking voters to allow police to issue citations instead of sending people to jail for holding 20 grams or less of pot. And People United For Medical Marijuana is on a mission to collect 700,000 signatures before February 2012 to put the medical marijuana question before voters.
Beth Schwartz, a South Miami resident for the past 35 years, was in favor of the city commission's measure, which is more ceremonial than anything else. Schwartz told Banana Republican that she knows first hand the medical benefits of marijuana when her mother was battling cancer. "Her doctor suggested she use marijuana to help relieve the affects of chemotherapy and give her an appetite," Schwartz says. "I also used it after a near death experience."
A few years ago, she says, she was severely injured