Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced In Florida Senate and House

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Miami-area State Sen. Larcenia Bullard has fired up a big ol' blunt of legislative reform this morning, as her proposal to give Florida voters a chance to legalize medical marijuana was introduced in the Senate. Bullard's bill joins a similar proposal by Lake Worth Rep. Jeff Clemens in the House -- the first time in decades that both Florida chambers have had marijuana reform bills at the same time, pot advocates say.

"This is the first time since 1978 that cannabis advocates will have a sustained presence in the legislature," Jodi James, director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network, tells the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

Take that landmark with a grain of salt, though -- there doesn't seem to be much chance of either bill even making it to a committee vote.

"(It's) a sham," Republican Sen. Steve Oelrich tells the Herald-Tribune.

Both the House and the Senate resolution would put the legalization of medical pot into the hands of voters, adding a statewide referendum later this year that would need 60 percent approval to pass.

Sixteen other states around the country have already legalized some uses of marijuana; Miami Beach advocates recently collected enough signatures to force a vote on whether to decriminalize small amounts of weed, although the city attorney is still contesting that referendum.

Either way, let's salute State Sen. Larcenia Bullard, who represents a huge district including southern Dade and all of Monroe County. As we wrote back in Oct. 2010, medical marijuana might yet save Florida's teetering economy.

Check out the House bill here and the Senate bill here.

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johnnygunn
johnnygunn

there was a lab study to see how much marijuana it would take to kill a lab rat they found the only way was a 20/20 formula 20 pounds dropped from 20 feet !

medical alarm
medical alarm

  good read. I would say when giving advice to self pleasure to the bible you should recommend passages from Songs of Solomon. Some of that is pretty graphic.

aj
aj

Baby steps,  Decriminalization should be the priority, its an easy pitch.  Give police the tools they need to collect small fines from harmless recreational users and immediatly move on to thieves, rapists, murderers and such without being stuck doing paperwork to process a simple possession arrest.  Its much easier for the general public to swallow, especially the seniors of Florida. Anyone who thinks medical or recreational use will be allowed before this step occurs is kidding themselves, especially any Florida residents.  Across the board legalization would make for a slam dunk scare campaign by the opposition,(everyone knows how easy it is to get old people worked up with political adds and they are the most consistent voters). 

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain

The only problem I can see is that the ones who would vote for this chances are they are prison or convicted felons.  But I can vote for it though

Carring420
Carring420 like.author.displayName 1 Like

I am a disabled US Veteran that gets NO help from the VA.I Live in Florida now for 32 years and I had to stop smoking my medicine (Marijuana) because of the law here in Florida .also my doctor told me that if I did NOT stop smoking I would lose ALL of my pain meds for the rest of my life because of the law.Now 4 years later I am in more pain that i ever been in my life..My hose is a mess I do not eat good I eat junk food .when I smoked pot I used to cook very good meals for myself and I was in less pain my house was a home and I had a life.NOW that I do not smoke my medicine anymore I am in bed 24/7 and I have to take more pain meds then before.I hate pills they make me sick...."If (Marijuana) were unknown and bio-prospectorswere suddenly to find it in some remote mountaincrevice its discovery would NO Doubt be hailed as a Medical Breakthrough.Scientists would PRAISEits potential for treating everything from PAIN toCANCER and Marvel at its rich pharmacopoeia ...Many of whose chemicals mimic VITAL moleculesin the HUMAN body..."

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain

dont they give it in a pill form called marinol

Painman
Painman

srywrthffrtgyiezgtyi    Do your homework on Marinol before you write something you do not know any thing about Marinol.....I pray to GOD that you are never in pain..

Elainegoss93
Elainegoss93

i have repesrntatives all of them twice even the sentors and i have done petition that didnt pass but iam doing another petition the fl representives hopely this one gets pass i have been working hard on this.  i will never give up on this it should be patients choice not the gov telling us that we have to take pills.

Elaine Goss
Elaine Goss like.author.displayName 1 Like

i have been writing all  the policians i have been doing petitions  the policians should listen to people that has medical problems that want the choice wheather they medical marijuanna or pain pills they should look at this way it not working with all the oxycodone overdoses so they should give it a chance

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain like.author.displayName 1 Like

out law oxycodone well they as well they stink for a pain anyway give me a vicodan any day over that crap or a joint would even be better

Yankees1970
Yankees1970

Wow I think the Dr. Got his phd at Hamburger university! If I was you I would not tell anyone you have a Phd, because your ignorance is almost sickening

James Redding
James Redding like.author.displayName 1 Like

I hope that we have the chance to vote on this. I really really hope that nw fl does not muck it up for south FL. There are allot of debates that need to had on this. How are we going to controll it. How are going to protect the medical users from local , state and federal agencies. How are going to protect the shops from vandals and again Local, state and federal agencies. I am all for it with safeguards in place.

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain

amen to that although the old people have their hand in it as well cause they know everything they remember the great depression and prohbition

zengfoo
zengfoo

Tell me thats not the craziest thign you seen all day dudde. WOw.www.Total-Privacy dot US

Dr. Pingu P.H.D
Dr. Pingu P.H.D

Marijuana causes lung cancer and it is statically known to kill you faster then cigarettes , nicotine and alcohol.It is the number one killer above aids. MARIJUANA Should STAY ILLEGAL! plus it makes you go crazy and act like a animal! I myself have seen people who smoke and they go home and beat there wives. This is no small matter, legalize meth and cocaine first because those drugs do no harm!

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

another medical case, i see. stupid, is not just bad luck at thinking,most times it has nothing at  to do with thinking, at all! 

Getalife
Getalife

says the guy who never tried it. the unknown is always scary

Chrishowe09
Chrishowe09 like.author.displayName 1 Like

And ur a doctor? Lmao u may be the most unintelligent PhD I've seen

Conrad
Conrad like.author.displayName 1 Like

thats complete bull shit. Weed chills you out makes you more come and mellow..Actually Dr. There was as study done showing weed does not cause lung cancer at all but yet its its counter part. Theres also a study done about canibus oil which can cure cancer if taken on a empty stomach.. Get your facts strait doctor..maybe its time to go back to school and give people RX vs finding out how to really cure and treat the body. Fix the imbalance the body will fix it self. Do some more research!

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

conrad is an example of an informed person making important facts known publically THANKS, for doing research C. 

PI_Guy
PI_Guy like.author.displayName 1 Like

You are soooo full of shit that I can smell you from here. Marijuana is not harmful like tobaco and alcohol and there are no deaths from it either. Nixon started the war on drugs and he formed a committee to study marijuana to find out if there were any harmful side effects to smoking it ( GOOGLE THIS as I am telling the truth here ) and when the committee finshed they concluded that Marijuana was not harmful to users. Nixon was an ass and made it illegal anyway. I am so tired of people like you that THINK you know what you are talking about but you don't have a clue. I use Marijuana ever day for chronic pain. And your stupid comment about meth and cocaine being less harmful, you can die the first time you do either of those drugs. You can smoke pot all day long and it wont hurt you....might make you go to sleep but thats all.

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain

that was tricky dick i believe he was caught not telling the truth so why would anyone who worked for him tell the truth oh i know cause they would go to prison for admitting the truth

James Redding
James Redding like.author.displayName 1 Like

What is your prof. Smoking cuasues cancer should be ban Cigarets? How about alcohol. We still choose to drink and smoke knowing it is bad for our body and mind. Why not make that illegal. Oh WAIT WE CAN'T. The state and Federal Government makes to much money off the Tax's..... Post why u think the green weed cuases cancer. How about the good use that comes from it to. The fact helps people with cancer and AIDS and other illnesss. Sorry Buddy....

Chris
Chris like.author.displayName 1 Like

dont forget that Marijuana is the gate way to other drugs.

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain like.author.displayName 1 Like

beer and cigs are the gateway drugs i was smoke cigs and drinking booze way before i was smoking pot

James Redding
James Redding like.author.displayName 1 Like

Are you sure? Sorry i have a smoker NEVER been tempted. Also the people who do get addicted to other drugs lets look why they do. IS it because of social and economic issues. Is it because they could not get there smoke there seller offered something better. Y.. Thats the question. BTW look at Portugal. They legalized ALL drugs and looked what happen to there society. It got safer and there tax revenue went up, crime down, closed jails, rehab went up and people used less.. I see nothing wrong with this logic.

JustSayin ^_^
JustSayin ^_^

I'm assuming you're kidding right Dr. Pingu? And Chris, alcohol is also a gateway drug and more harmful to your body and mind. People don't black out, vomit, kill people in car accidents, wake up in places they don't remember going with people they don' t know, get liver  disease, get into fights and a host of other craziness when they are high, but when they are drunk, the sky is the limit when it comes to that stuff because of the way alcohol affects the mind and body. The only reason marijuana is considered a "gateway drug" is because it's classified in the same class as meth, crack, cocaine and hose of other drugs that actually will kill you. If you remove it from the hands of dealers and their other wares, then you remove the gateway. If you've never seen it, try and watch the documentary "The Business Behind Getting High"; it's available to watch instantly if you have Netflix ^_^

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

if big PHARM companies could patent a plant it would be available over the counter at circle K.OOPS THE TRUTH IS OUT!

 

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

dr? pingu had to ride the short bus to med school,and wear his head protection.

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

maybe a crowbar

can help you get your head out of your ass!

William
William like.author.displayName 1 Like

Dear Dr. your full of shi---t , you do not know what your ttalking about our you a real dr. i don't think so for you to make remarks such as you have tells me your nothing but a FLORIDA REPUBLICAN and most likely a very bad dr and prove to me a 45 year smoker that it causes cancer and you become retarded your a moron spewing garbage out their its people like you that need to be educated further moron

seabourne
seabourne like.author.displayName 1 Like

No one has ever died from cannabis in the entire history of the plant! According to Dr. Donald Tashkin, a prominent Pulmonary specialist and Federal Government researcher on cannabis, in "NO WAY does cannabis cause lung cancer, in fact those who smoke cannabis are less likely to develope cancer than those who smoke nothing at all." way too many other studies have been done proving cannabis in fact kills cancer at the cellular level. I can't imaging what kind of test or gutter science you sir have done but you are way behind in the science of it all. I suggest you do some research. start with PubMed, the governments database of scientific studies. You might also want to read JAMA.

Mimi McSwain
Mimi McSwain like.author.displayName 1 Like

I would like to see your test subjects history they were more than likely retarded to start with

PI_Guy
PI_Guy like.author.displayName 1 Like

You are a dumb ass !

Perpetua
Perpetua

he's trolling, he's not even remotely serious.

James Redding
James Redding like.author.displayName 1 Like

DO you have documented and published prof? I would like to read it..

Social Network
Social Network like.author.displayName 1 Like

LMAO, people like you made Bush win a second term in office. You must be on some crack or LSD now. And thank you for letting me know your a doctor, because at least I know where not to go when I really need some medical treatment

Dr. Pingu P.H.D
Dr. Pingu P.H.D like.author.displayName 1 Like

I think you need to get your facts straight. I am a Doctor and Marijuana is a killer drug!If you smoke it you will become retarded INSTANTLY! I myself have ran test to prove this and its been proven. Marijuana can give you cancer 1,254,201x Faster then second hand smoke. Listen to me I know what I am saying.

luldangs
luldangs like.author.displayName 1 Like

Not a medical doctor

sim
sim like.author.displayName 1 Like

I think that's the best thing to do, because it really helps with people who have asthma and other medical conditions.

Derrick Kurzrok
Derrick Kurzrok

Yeah right. Florida is a Republican state, aside from South Florida. No way it'll ever go through.

Hector_Berlioz
Hector_Berlioz like.author.displayName 1 Like

This 60 year old Republican does not agree with you Derrick.

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

well, hector this 58 year old republican disagree with you ,but,it's ok i can't force you to be right!

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

I have signed petitions to both state and congressional house  and senate members ,and urge, even challenge, everyone to do same!!!!!PLEASE people the time is perfect due to many other states bringing this important medicine from God's garden to the people for their benefit!  the human body has over 300 cannabis receptors that work with no other substance,i bet God knew that, ya think ?

johnnygunn
johnnygunn

SORRY HECTOR, I misread your meaning I'm 100% for medical marijuana legislation,i 'm sorry bro

 

Lbaxlpn
Lbaxlpn like.author.displayName 1 Like

Things are changing! We need this for our patients.

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