Miami Democrat Files Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana in Florida

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Would you like to be carrying 2.5 ounces of marijuana right now? How about tending your own marijuana garden at home with up to six plants? Or would you rather buy marijuana from a store and have the tax proceeds go to the state? Well, call your state senator and tell them you support SB 1562!

The bill, which would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes, has absolutely no chance of passing, but it's the thought that counts.


With the specter of Floridians legalizing medical marijuana by ballot initiative in November hangs over the Florida Legislature, Dwight Bullard, a Democrat who represents the Keys and parts of Miami-Dade, went a step further and filed a bill that would straight up legalize recreational marijuana in Florida.

The bill would allow those 21 and over to have 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use, and grow up to six marijuana plants. The bill would also set up a system for the sale and taxation of marijuana.

The bill specifies that some of the tax money would then go to studies of marijuana's beneficial effects.

The bill would also rename the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco as the Division of Alcoholic Beverages, Marijuana, and Tobacco.

The bill will likely die a swift death in Florida's Republican controlled Senate, but at least someone has gone ahead and written out the legislation.



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phoebewillows
phoebewillows

This would be great BUT the morons here in FL would never allow it. I see medicinal passing and that is great! I'm sick of pills being shoved down my throat. I want to feel normal and marijuana DOES just that. It's sad that this plant is deemed as bad as it is. It is only bad to the pharmaceutical companies and their cronies because it takes away from their money scam. 


Oh FL. I hate this state and legalizing marijuana would at least make it bearable to live amongst the morons who are here and those that run it.

Jorge Mederos
Jorge Mederos

It's truly terrifying to see adults, in 2014, still spouting 1930's marijuana propaganda.

Christine King
Christine King

We will be voting Scott out while voting for some form of MJ decriminalization in November.

Allen Bess
Allen Bess

Governor Scott is a pawn of the big pharm industry. So no, once again the people of this state will be bludgeoned into submission by the powerful drug lobby.

Mike Amici
Mike Amici

People people let's not forget that millions of Americans already smoke recreationally, all legalizing it would do, is remove the fear of getting arrested for having it.

Warren Redlich
Warren Redlich

If we legalized drugs (and not just pot) then we would have the resources to actually prosecute real criminals.

Saul David Ferrerosa
Saul David Ferrerosa

One step at a time folks! This is a race that it's not how fast you get to the finish line but the solid steps that build a strong foundation on educating new generations on how to live with the choice of recreational pot in their lives.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

There is absolutely no doubt now that the majority of Americans demand we completely legalize Medical Marijuana nationwide. Our numbers grow on a daily basis.


The prohibitionist view on Medical Marijuana is the viewpoint of a minority of Americans.. It is based upon decades of lies and propaganda.


Each and every tired old lie they have propagated has been thoroughly proven false by both science and society.


Their tired old rhetoric no longer holds any validity. The majority of Americans have seen through the sham of marijuana prohibition in this day and age. The number of prohibitionists left shrinks on a daily basis.


With their credibility shattered, and their not~so hidden agendas visible to a much wiser public, whats left for a marijuana prohibitionist to do? 


Maybe, just come to terms with the fact that Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!


Legalize Nationwide!...and Support All Medical Marijuana Legalization Efforts!

Bebep
Bebep

Stop looking like a psycho BrianKelly, you're not helping your cause.


I'm pretty sure the New Times is pro medicinal marijuana...

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Articles like these are just another prohibitionist scare tactic to try to stop people from voting yes on BOTH Medical Marijuana and recreational use. Which are two distinctly different topics all together.


We will not be deceived by this scare tactic!


So many senior citizens living in the great Sunshine State already know how horrible the handfuls  of pharmaceutical medications their doctors perscribe them can make them feel and would rather get a better effect from a safe, non toxic plant without all the horrendous side effects. 


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

Esther Haces Irusta
Esther Haces Irusta

Its all $$$$...never mind dem/rep....simple money. And hey, if it will get kids from selling and reduce pot running gangs...im all for it. BUT TAX IT LIKE THEY WOULD HOMEOWNERS...BANKS(especially them)...etc.

Daniel Rafael Reyes
Daniel Rafael Reyes

I am all for it but it will be difficult. Coming from south Florida, I know for a fact that the loss of potential income that law enforcement would suffer, will definitely set the legalization of recreational use on a steep slope. Arresting nonviolent offenders is big business. On top of that, marijuana is the main excuse that law enforcement uses to violate/bypass rights.

Mario Mcfly
Mario Mcfly

The beach alone would make crazy money!

Luis Rodriguez
Luis Rodriguez

Pues deja ver si me apunto pa ir a un jueguito el mes que viene

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

Luis Rodriguez jajajajaja estas invitao desde ke me fui!! Y no tienes ke pagar estadia!!

Rossy Aleman
Rossy Aleman

Once they educate themselves on the benefits and how well Colorado and Washington are doing they'll eventually give in. For those with the negative comments.. Have you tried it? No? So sit down and shut up. If you're offended by it, it doesn't mean you're right.

Howard Green Montaque
Howard Green Montaque

I see it happening and investing in the stock market. In 5 to 10 years I may be able to retire.

Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan

Si esto pasa me inmagino ke ese dia me visitaran verdad!! #desgraciaos #panasdepacotilla Luis Rodriguez Gustavo Nuñez

Brian Hughes
Brian Hughes

yes, let's increase the population of the slow dimwitted dummy!

judson_judsw
judson_judsw

He's not a pawn. He's Lord Voldemort come to life.

judson_judsw
judson_judsw

i agree... everybody says to legalize and cut back on law enforcement... I'd rather we keep the police around and let them concentrate on child prostitution and child trafficking.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

I agree. One step at a time, Let's first worry about helping the thousands of people including our senior citizens in Florida that can greatly benefit from Medical Marijuana.  


Recreational use is another topic all together,


Let's not allow the distinct difference between the two get confused right before we get a decision on Medical Marijuana. .

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Is that all you got? Name calling? Weak, very weak.


Instead care to provide a logical, rational argument, backed by facts and sources cited? 

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

@Bebep  ,


Never said anything about New Times, did I?


Do  I have a right to voice my opinion without you calling me names?


Who is acting psycho again?

judson_judsw
judson_judsw

What is your IQ? If you are going to blast an entire group of people for being stupid then you had better be prepared to show yours first...

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Marijuana is not "dope". It is a life saving medicine to many sick people and can ease the pains of many of our senior citizens on tons of other medications with horrible side effects.


By calling it that, you only make it that much easier for everyone to see your ignorance, along with the anger, and resentment ,you hold towards this natural plant and it's users.


If anything, you can say that booze is the real "dope" because it makes people to the dumbest things, often become violent, and then blackout and not remember all the havoc caused by the booze, like true "dopes"

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Let's focus on the important issue for senior citizens and sick people in Florida. Medical Marijuana.


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

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Let's focus on medical marijuana. It can help thousands of Floridians.

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Exactly right. Thank you for being open minded and not giving in to irrational fears based on the lies we have been told for decades about marijuana by our own government.



Here's just one of many good reasons why:


"In Colorado, Marijuana Legalization leads to $100 Million in Revenue


"Colorado is anticipating $100 million in cannabis tax revenue. Within the first month of retail sales, businesses reported $1.24 million in tax revenue alone, and lines in front of dispensaries were out the door all over the state."


http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/8785/20140214/in-colorado-marijuana-legalization-leads-to-100-million-in-revenue.htm



judson_judsw
judson_judsw

What is your IQ? What makes you so smart? I know plenty of doctors and lawyers that either use or have used. These kinds of comments only make you look ridiculous. If you really don't know any intelligent 'stoners', it's probably because you aren't that smart yourself. Dumb people tend to hang out with dumb people regardless of the drugs they do.

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