Top Republican in Florida Senate Admits He Bought Pot for a Dying Friend Once

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While top Republicans like Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi are opposed to legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, the issue isn't necessarily a left vs. right issue.

Don Gaetz, the Republican President of the Florida Senate, has made the blunt admission that he once bought pot to ease the pain of a dying friend.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, back in 1984 Gaetz's friend E. Ronal Mudd, a Methodist chaplain, was suffering from cancer with severe side effects of nausea. He read that marijuana might be able to help his symptoms. So Mudd asked Gaetz to get him some pot, and, well, he did.

"The quality of his life was undermined by this intense nausea," Gaetz told the paper. "Ron Mudd said to me, 'I understand that marijuana might help; can you get me some?' And I did, and it helped."

"Here was a man who was dear to me, who was suffering and asked me to help him," Gaetz continued. "If I would do that and break the law, what would I do for my own child? How could I deny compassionate care to someone else's child?"

Gaetz's admission comes as Matt Gaetz, his son and a member of the Florida house, is sponsoring legislation that would legalize a strain of marijuana called "Charlotte's Web'' the helps relieve symptoms in some children who suffer form seizures. That strain of the drug has no euphoric effects.

The senior Gaetz supports that bill. However, despite his admission of illegally buying pot for a cancer patient, he does not support the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana more broadly in Florida.

He thinks that bill, spearhead by super-lawyer John Morgan, is a "tactic" to help spur Democratic turnout in the November election.

Turns out Gaetz is a typical Republican after all. Even when he clearly supports the idea of medical marijuana, he won't support it if it helps people out on the other side of the aisle.

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ericnoww21
ericnoww21

This guy seemed like a stand up guy, however after finishing the whole story he is not and does NOT do what the people want, nor what helped his Methodist chaplain "friend" or even his own flesh and blood son, dad you're two faced, don't you see? Why would he do this?! He is a liar and should be arrested like all the other innocent people that have bought cannabis.  What kind of man are you to not get up, stand up! you know what is right and still you throw your weight the opposite way. He IS denying it! Politics? 

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

I think its is time for a congressional investigation into a history of blocking legitimate research. When consider the La Guardia Committee and Nixon's own commissioned Shaffer report both with scientific evidence that Nixon refused and trashed in his vendetta against the counter culture CNN

On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:

"Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."

Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

Physicians and patients are finding that different ratios of CBD and THC are optimal for different conditions. A CBD-rich strain or product with little THC is not necessarily a superior treatment option compared to a balanced CBD-rich remedy with an equal amount of CBD and THC. A CBD-rich extract or strain with little THC might be optimal for treating anxiety and many seizure disorders, whereas pain syndromes, cancers, and neurodegenerative conditions could benefit from an appropriate amount of THC. One size doesn’t fit all with respect to cannabis therapeutics, and neither does one compound or one product or one strain.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

When a loved one is in pain, wasting away unable to eat, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.


Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.


Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.


Support Medical Marijuana Now!


"[A] federal policy that prohibits physicians from alleviating suffering by prescribing marijuana for seriously ill patients is misguided, heavy-handed, and inhumane." — Dr. Jerome Kassirer, "Federal Foolishness and Marijuana," editorial, New England Journal of Medicine, January 30, 1997


"[The AAFP accepts the use of medical marijuana] under medical supervision and control for specific medical indications." — American Academy of Family Physicians, 1989, reaffirmed in 2001


"[We] recommend … allow[ing] [marijuana] prescription where medically appropriate." — National Association for Public Health Policy, November 15, 1998


"Therefore be it resolved that the American Nurses Association will: — Support the right of patients to have safe access to therapeutic marijuana/cannabis under appropriate prescriber supervision." — American Nurses Association, resolution, 2003


"The National Nurses Society on Addictions urges the federal government to remove marijuana from the Schedule I category immediately, and make it available for physicians to prescribe. NNSA urges the American Nurses' Association and other health care professional organizations to support patient access to this medicine." — National Nurses Society on Addictions, May 1, 1995


"[M]arijuana has an extremely wide acute margin of safety for use under medical supervision and cannot cause lethal reactions … [G]reater harm is caused by the legal consequences of its prohibition than possible risks of medicinal use." — American Public Health Association, Resolution #9513, "Access to Therapeutic Marijuana/Cannabis," 1995


"When appropriately prescribed and monitored, marijuana/cannabis can provide immeasurable benefits for the health and well-being of our patients … We support state and federal legislation not only to remove criminal penalties associated with medical marijuana, but further to exclude marijuana/cannabis from classification as a Schedule I drug." — American Academy of HIV Medicine, letter to New York Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, November 11, 2003


"[The LFA] urges Congress and the President to enact legislation to reschedule marijuana to allow doctors to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients in need … [and] urges the US Public Health Service to allow limited access to medicinal marijuana by promptly reopening the Investigational New Drug compassionate access program to new applicants." — Lymphoma Foundation of America, January 20, 1997

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