Pam Bondi Urges Florida Supreme Court to Derail Medical Marijuana Movement

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Since July, one petition has been Florida dope-smokers' great white hope. By August, People United for Medical Marijuana had already collected 100,000 signatures from people who favor medicinal weed. That milestone meant an amendment to legalize medical marijuana would appear before the Florida Supreme Court. By the latest count three days ago, the group had wrangled 200,000. If this momentum continues, the group might be able to make 683,149 by February, which would place the amendment on the 2014 ballot.

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana Petition Headed to Supreme Court With 100,000 Signatures

But yesterday Pam Bondi tried to derail the party train from Highaleah to Lake Smokeachobee. The Republican attorney general told the Florida Supreme Court that PUFMM's proposal was too confusing. Although medical marijuana is legal in 20 states and Washington, D.C., Bondi thinks Floridians alone are dense enough to conflate state with federal law.

She also said the proposal was too permissive and would allow for marijuana use by people who did not have a medical condition. As written, the amendment would affect people with "debilitating diseases."

The Supreme Court could quash the amendment if it buys Bondi's argument.

People United for Medical Marijuana is a grassroots campaign run by thousands of volunteers out of offices in Coral Springs and Orlando. High-powered attorney John Morgan came on board in March and helped make the amendment's language fool-proof, says Brian Franklin, a consultant for PUFMM. "We're confident the language part of the amendment meets the requirements of the state's review," he says.

PUFMM -- which Riptide suspects is pronounced "puff 'em" -- released a statement yesterday afternoon about the AG's move. "It is not surprising that out-of-touch politicians like Pam Bondi continue to oppose compassionate health-care policy in Florida," spokesman Ben Pollara wrote. "AG Bondi wants to deny Floridians the opportunity to even vote on this issue -- despite numerous polls showing that an overwhelming majority of the state is supportive of this issue."

If the amendment ends up on the ballot, it would have to pass by a 60 percent vote. Polls show that would be the likely outcome.

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Bondi is a member of the traitor club, the club that has vowed to wage war on fellow citizens.  Psychopaths like bondi make money destroying fellow citizens lives over a plant.


Traitors such as bondi should get a quick trial and a graphic public execution. 

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KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

Tea Pharty/Redumplicants are constantly saying they are for less government interference in our lives, more freedom and liberty for us. Yet on issue after issue they want to impose their narrow minded views on every one else. Bondi is the perfect example. Her 'moral' standards are so much higher than the average citizen's; her values are so much more important. What a hypocrite, to match Gub'ner Rich Scott and the idiots on Fox News. I love seeing the Tea Slurpers and the Ultra-Conservative Redumplican'ts, who have sold their souls to the mafia banksters and 1%ers, commit political suicide. It's a shame so many senile, inbred, arrogant, ignorant, incompetent Floriduh voters still vote for the same corrupt politicians who have kept the State locked in the 19th century.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

A scientist in the United Kingdom has found that compounds derived from marijuana can kill cancerous cells found in people with leukemia, a form of cancer that is expected to cause an estimated 24,000 deaths in the United States this year.

"Cannabinoids have a complex action; it hits a number of important processes that cancers need to survive," study author Dr. Wai Liu, an oncologist at the University of London's St. George medical school, told The Huffington Post. "For that reason, it has really good potential over other drugs that only have one function. I am impressed by its activity profile, and feel it has a great future, especially if used with standard chemotherapies."

Liu's study was recently published in the journal Anticancer Research. It was supported by funding from GW Pharmaceuticals, which already makes a cannabis-derived drug used to treat spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis.

The study looked at the effects of six different non-psychoactive cannabinoids -- compounds derived from marijuana that do not cause the "high" associated with its THC ingredient -- when applied alone, and in combination, to leukemia cells. Cannabinoids displayed a "diverse range of therapeutic qualities" that "target and switch off" pathways that allow cancers to grow, Liu told U.S. News & World Report.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Liu stressed that that his research was built around the testing of the six purified cannabinoid forms -- not traditional cannabis oil, which Liu described as "crude" in comparison and generally containing 80-100 different cannabinoids. "We do not really know which are the ones that will be anticancer and those that may be harmful," Liu said.

During the study, Liu and his team grew leukemia cells in a lab and cultured them with increasing doses of the six pure cannabinoids, both individually and in combination with each other. His study says the six cannabinoids were CBD (Cannabidiol), CBDA (Cannabidiolic acid), CBG (Cannbigerol), CBGA (Cannabigerolic acid), CBGV (Cannabigevarin) and CBGVA (Cannabigevaric acid). Liu and his team then assessed the viability of the leukemia cells and determined whether or not the cannabinoids destroyed the cells or stopped them from growing.

Although promising, Liu also said that it remains unclear if the cannabinoid treatment would work on the 200-plus existing types of cancer.

"Cancer is an umbrella term for a range of diseases that fundamentally differ in their cellular makeup, [and] which occur as a result of disturbances to growth controls," Liu said. "Chemotherapy works by disrupting these dysfunctional growth signals. Therefore, any cancers that have these profiles should respond to the chemotherapy. It just so happens that a number of cannabinoids can target these very same mechanisms that make cancer what it is, and so any cancer that exhibits these faults should respond well to cannabinoids. The flip side is, of course, that other cancers may not have these same genetic faults and so cannabinoids may not work as well."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 7.6 million people die from various forms of cancer each year worldwide.

When asked if smoking marijuana has the same or similar effects as ingesting the pure cannabinoid compounds he studied, Liu said he thinks it's unlikely.

"Smoking cannabis introduces a number of potential problems," Liu said. "First, the complex makeup of cannabis that contains about 80 bioactive substances means that the desired anticancer effect may be lost because these compounds may interfere with each other. Second, we see that delivering the drug either by injection or by a tablet would ensure the most effective doses are given. Smoking would be variable, and indeed the heat of the burning may actually destroy the useful nature of the compounds."

In 2012, researchers at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco found that CBD (cannbidiol), a non-toxic, non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant, could stop metastasis in many kinds of aggressive cancer.

The National Cancer Institute has also funded some research into cannabis and cancer, including a 2012 study that looked at the effects cannabis compounds have on slowing the progression of breast cancer, spokesman Michael Miller told U.S. News and World Report. However NCI has not funded research on the effects of cannabinoids on leukemia.

Liu stressed that much work is still needed, and said that finding support for marijuana-derived medicines can be polarizing.

"Although there is much promise, I struggle to find enough support to drive this work on," Liu said. "The mention of cannabinoids can polarize the public, who understandably link cannabis smoking with cannabis-derived drugs."

Liu told the Seattle PI's Pot Blog that he hopes to start clinical trials involving humans in 12 to 18 months.

day1kmm
day1kmm

The smartest thing this state could possibly do is pass legislation for medical use in the next legislative session. The Bill introduced last year was the best compared to other states except it needed to allow more plants per patient for those who juice it fresh and raw (no high just pure healthy medicine), eat if fresh and cook with it. Cancer patients needing the oil would need more plants also.

End the pharmaceutical chemical slavery NOW. Cannabis should be legal to grow in every backyard on the planet. The making of crimes out of health matters has proven a dismal reckless failure. Scientific studies have proven Cannabis has medical value, is safe and effective for many health ailments. The discovery of the endocannabinoid system and evidence of health benefits consuming cannabis raw, which has no psychoactive properties, should leave cannabis as a dietary  food. Cannabis is one of the original medicines and still safer than pharmaceutical chemicals which kill people daily and have every day in the 100 years they have been used.

Andrew Creech
Andrew Creech

Wait, a district attorney is trying to stop legalized medical marijuana? You know how many people's lives ruined, and at the same time bolstered DA's careers because of those laws? Still Shocked? I'm not. Bondi wants her record to reflect that she's tough on crime...she'll do anything to prevent another means of prosecuting to disappear. She's not serving the people, she's serving her own interests.

Nick Moss
Nick Moss

a good "destructive" SEO campaign should get started

Chard Beauregarde
Chard Beauregarde

I guess it's her job to be a cunt. Must pay well to sell your soul.

Sean Chambers
Sean Chambers

Vote for Charlie Crist next year for Governor of Florida in order to remove Bondi.

Randy Martin
Randy Martin

the voters of florida should DERAIL her and her boss Rick Scott! send them packing!

Michael Fiorellino
Michael Fiorellino

@alex her opinion matters because she's our attorney general, the solution is to vote her out

Nancy Casquarelli-Cardona
Nancy Casquarelli-Cardona

Keep supporting the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida...get it on the ballot and let's vote for it.

Alex Porro
Alex Porro

Who the F is Pam Bondi, and why the F does her opinion matter?

Sarah Sarlay
Sarah Sarlay

Dumb cunt! I'm guessing her crowd prefers a Vicodin and a glass of wine, or Xanax. Fuck that crap! Nothing but poison in a pill.

Frank Darden
Frank Darden

Legally Blonde. This is why yo do not elect sorority party girls. Move along Missy. Your arguments are as old and tired as the laws.

Robbie Squire
Robbie Squire

Dear Pam Bondi, get your head out of your ass and listen to the people.

Guy Richards
Guy Richards

Perfect Pam! Lets keep people sick, and the state dead broke. Another South Florida cum guzzler.

Agatha B Kolodziejczak
Agatha B Kolodziejczak

Who cares who this chick is & her opinion is a meak one compared to the over whelming believers in the medical benefits of marijuana & hemp. That's my opinion about her! ;)

Thomas J. Jackson
Thomas J. Jackson

Unfortunately in Florida one blond chick is worth more than everyone elsse.

Michael Groves
Michael Groves

corporate prostitute to the pharmaceutical industry and big alcohol

David Fleitas-Velez
David Fleitas-Velez

Pam Bondi, just stahpit already, you're too young to think like a geezer

claygooding
claygooding

What she wrote was: ""“But if the amendment passed, Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations,” she wrote. “Any physician could approve marijuana for seemingly any reason to seemingly any person (of any age) -- including those without any ‘debilitating disease.’ So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use ‘would likely outweigh’ the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it.”"


Imagine that,,doctors recommending medicine instead of politicians,,we simply cannot have that!!! What is the world coming to when a person doesn't call his legislator and ask for a second opinion on treating any illness.

huffswallows
huffswallows

@KOOLTOZE .. Perhaps if traitors like bondi got the justice they deserve the puritan subhumans wouldn't win all the time.


Far past time for the traitors to get their trial and execution for waging war on fellow citizens over a plant.

huffswallows
huffswallows

Psychopaths that wage war on fellow citizens over a plant don't have souls, they are damaged sub-human thugs.

huffswallows
huffswallows

To prison then on to her public execution after her trial for treason.

Logo
Logo

She is the pretty blonde THUNDERCUNT who has destroyed the lives of tens of thousands of people in her own state by prosecuting every marijuana case to the fullest extent of the law.  Crime is big business in Florida, not for the criminals, but for the assholes like Biondi, the special interests of the people who have privatized the Prison system mean more to her than the safety and well being of the people who pay her salary.  The people of Florida didn't sign on for her pogrom of prohibition, which is a joke anyway.  This is FLORIDA.  Floridians LOVE pot.  They always have had an underground pot economy here in the Sunshine State, because pot goes very well with the lifestyle we have here.  Get this bitch out of office, legalize recreational weed, and let's get to work counting the money as it rolls in.  The billions spent prosecuting small marijuana possession in this state would be better spent on educating the youth about the dangers of hard drugs and alcohol.  Prohibition doesn't work, it merely gives the profits to someone who isn't paying taxes on it.  Marijuana is virtually harmless, with 0 deaths attributed to it's use, compared to the 41,000 deaths directly attributed to alcohol consumption, a figure that doesn't include victims of alcohol fueled violence or drunk driving crashes.  Tobacco is legal, yet 440,000 people die from it EVERY YEAR.  Please, this is insanity.  Legalize Pot NOW.

huffswallows
huffswallows

I don't know if psychopaths need vicodin? their brain is wired different to normal humans.


bondi is a true psychopath.... any sane being knows only a psychopath can destroy an fellow citizens life over a plant.

huffswallows
huffswallows

She looks more like a cheap crack whore, sad thing is, she isn't as smart as one.

huffswallows
huffswallows

Mindless psychopaths don't think.  only a psycho can destroy lives over a plant.

huffswallows
huffswallows

@claygooding ... psychopaths like bondi will continue to destroy lives over a plant until they get their trial for treason and public execution.

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