On Medical Marijuana, Debbie Wasserman Schultz Sounds Like a Republican

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South Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schutlz may be chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but when it comes to medical marijuana she sure sounds like a Republican.

Wasserman Schultz aired her "concerns" today about the ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida by claiming that it may be "written too broadly." Instead she favors the use of low-dose, non-smokeable THC medications to treat a more limited range of conditions.

See also: How to Get Rich in the Medical Marijuana Business (or Go Broke Trying)

"I am supportive of evidence-based medical marijuana treatment, such as in the case of controlling epileptic seizures in children and easing cancer pain with a low-THC, tablet form of the drug," told the Tampa Bay Times in a statement. "I therefore look forward to Governor Scott signing the so-called 'Charlotte's Web' bill that he was presented with today. I am supportive of the expansion of its use as a medical treatment if evidence proves its effectiveness."

Incidentally, many Republicans in the Florida legislature championed a bill that would legalize a low-dose strain of marijuana that would only be administered through a tincture called "Charlotte's Web." Many Republicans claim that once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill, then the medical marijuana debate in Florida would be over. Specifically Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam claims that the Charlotte's Web bill should take the issue of further expansion of medical marijuana "off the table."

"Pertaining to the ballot initiative in Florida, I have concerns that it is written too broadly and stops short of ensuring strong regulatory oversight from state officials," continues Wasserman Schultz's statement. "Other states have shown that lax oversight and ease of access to prescriptions can lead to abuse, fraud, and accidents. Also, given Florida's recent history in combating the epidemic of 'pill mills' and dubious distinction as having among the highest incidents of fraud, I do not believe we should make it easier for those seeking to abuse the drug to have easy access to it."

Scott and Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi have used similar language to state their opposition to the amendment. In fact, Bondi unsuccessfully tried to have the amendment taken off the ballot by claiming that it was worded too broadly.

The Florida Supreme Court ruled that in fact the amendment was not worded too broadly.

Mega Democratic donor John Morgan, a trial lawyer who currently employs Charlie Crist and is a major backer of the medical marijuana amendment, wasted no time blasting the DNC chair.

"I know personally the most-powerful players in Washington DC. And I can tell you that Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn't just disliked. She's despised. She's an irritant," Morgan told the Miami Herald. "Why she's trying to undermine this amendment I don't know, but I'll tell you I will never give a penny or raise a penny for the national party while she's in leadership. And I have given and helped raise millions."

Morgan, who has poured more than $4 million of his own money into the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, said when he read Wasserman Schultz's statement he immediately erased her contact information from his phone and vowed to oppose her if she ever sought a run for the Senate.

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As long as we continue to stigmatize drugs (and, more importantly, drug users) and ignore their true physiological effects, nothing will ever change.

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I hope Florida has strict government testing...something California does not...and the result has been a ton of fake pot being sold as medical grade. This is not oregano - but a synthetic and very cheap chemical spray that mimics the organic MJ -  Spice it is not...but not far from it.  There was a recent "undercover" investigation by a group of students at UC Berkley who lab tested 7 samples from 7 NorCal (Bay Area and Sacramento) medical MJ dispensaries and ALL of them were selling fake pot to cancer patients.

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I wish I lived in her district just so I can vote against her

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Donovan Brin

How could she deny medical marijuana; especially since she was a cancer survivor?! I've lost a ton of respect for her, & I'm a liberal who doesn't partake in daily weed-smoking.

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Firip Onitsuka

She is pretty corrupt overall...this is no surprise.

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How do people get elected who are against sick people getting medicine?

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It doesn't get more retarded than this folks...

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Seriously South Florida? Can't you get a rep that's not fugly?

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Omar Ghaffar

She is the ultimate crony. The crony of all cronies. This is an impressive position to take for some who bills themselves as a far left Democrat. Let's play a game (if anyone knows) and list all her big pharma contributions. Not enough public shaming of hypocrite officials these days..

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She"ll come atound eventually. Numbers don't lie. She's probably waiting for the obvious winng side.

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Of course!  Glaxo Smith just wrote her a check for $250K

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

Congresswoman Wasserman, stop wasting our time. We'll be smoking long after you're gone, if not before. :)

Aaron Matthews
Aaron Matthews

Not up to her and big Parma. Make sure you all vote.

Shirley Munoz
Shirley Munoz

I don't agree. While I believe in the legalization of marihuana it must be regulated just as tobacco and alcohol.

DRAKEMALLARD.0
DRAKEMALLARD.0 topcommenter

 You can try and fight, but we're all agreed Because everything is better with a bag o' weed

I wonder what sort of future will all this give rise to? it possible that nothing at all will change. words are nothing more than words. Even laws are interpreted in whatever manner best suits people’s interests

Dave Pazos
Dave Pazos

DWS is on the take from multiple law enforcement agencies. Illegal pot is their cash cow

Jim Tyrrell
Jim Tyrrell

as a cancer survivor, I find this a DISGRACE! has DEBBIE, or anyone she loves, ever gone thru chemo? I highly doubt it.

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

And vote NO on Wasserman Schultz re-election.

Jay Adkins
Jay Adkins

VOTE YES on amendment #2 in November. VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Jo Braga
Jo Braga

But alcohol TOTALLY is ok! Lol

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

^^ and law enforcement unions.

Justin Kindler
Justin Kindler

Head of the DNC collects checks from Big Pharma. That's why.

Lon Allen
Lon Allen

Too many drug war jobs at stake to do whats right for the country. Mostly the poor and minorities that are most affected by the socioeconomically skewed laws. #lifeinweston

BrianKelly
BrianKelly

"Low-THC train only" seem to be a new trend in prohibitionist comments. 


First off, where did Medical Marijuana prohibitionists get their facts from? Links please? Show us somewhere that says the low-thc strain only is good for all ailments that Medical Marijuana is used to treat.


We'll wait for ocumented proof/links please, because what prohibitionists are saying is a complete fallacy. 


The Medical Marijuana strain low-thc and high in CBD has only recently been discovered and is effective primarily in children with multiple daily seizures. 


The low-thc strain is not meant to treat all the other conditions stains with higher levels of thc treat. 


Medical Marijuana has been around for over 20 years and has been recognized by by over 20 states as medicine, BEFORE the low thc strain was even discovered. 


Care to explain that and what follows below away prohibitionists? With proof/links to where they are getting their info that states the low-thc strain is the cure all for every ailment that higher thc strains are used to teat. 


We're waiting for that proof and rebuttal.


Furthermore naysayeers,  please read the exceprt below carefully than repond with your linkks, proof and rebuttal.


Read carefully:


Charlotte’s story and the concern for other young patients have led some lawmakers to consider passing legislation that only allows patients to access marijuana oils that are high in CBD and that have little or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). While it is heartening to see lawmakers’ concern for the plight of patients with catastrophic seizure disorders, these proposals unfortunately exclude the vast majority of those who can benefit from medical marijuana, some of whom also face life-threatening ailments.


Relative Rarity


While CBD appears to be particularly effective at treating seizures, the number of individuals treating seizure disorders through medical marijuana programs is relatively low. For example, only 2% of the registered patients in both Rhode Island and Colorado report seizures as their qualifying conditions. While it is imperative that these individuals be allowed to legally access medical marijuana – and the strain they need – it is just as important to remember that there are tens of thousands of other men and women and a small number of children who suffer from a variety of debilitating conditions whose symptoms are alleviated by medical marijuana. The vast majority of those patients have symptoms that benefit from strains of marijuana that include more than trace amounts of THC.


THC: Why It Matters


Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is just one of the roughly 85 cannabinoids found naturally in marijuana. Clinical trials and the experiences of hundreds of thousands of patients have shown that THC, and strains of marijuana that include THC, provide important medical benefits for individuals suffering from pain, multiple sclerosis, nausea, and wasting disease. THC is also the cannabinoid most responsible for marijuana’s psychoactive effects. While THC does cause marijuana’s “high,” patients use marijuana for relief, not for euphoria. Patients who inhale marijuana can titrate their dosage precisely to use only as much as they need, reducing or eliminating the euphoria. Some use marijuana only before bed.


The federal government has officially recognized THC’s medical properties since 1985, when the FDA approved a prescription drug that is made of synthetic THC — Marinol — for nausea. Yet, Marinol is not adequate for many patients who can benefit from marijuana. For nauseated patients, a pill can be impossible to keep down. Meanwhile, many patients benefit from the synergistic effect of THC and the other cannabinoids, such as CBD. Natural marijuana is less intoxicating than Marinol because patients can titrate their dosage and other cannabinoids moderate THC’s psychoactive properties.


Studies have shown that marijuana that includes THC can alleviate a host of debilitating conditions, including:


Nausea and appetite loss: Researchers have found THC and marijuana with THC are effective anti-emetics and appetite stimulants for individuals suffering from the side effects of cancer chemotherapy or AIDS treatments.  

Multiple sclerosis: Research has found that marijuana with THC can alleviate spasticity. In addition, Canada, the U.K., and several other countries approved an oral marijuana extract made of equal proportions of CBD and THC.

Pain: Several studies have found that marijuana strains that include THC can alleviate neuropathic pain — a notoriously difficult-to-treat nerve pain commonly found in amputees, AIDS patients, and patients with multiple sclerosis.

Since the 1970’s, the federal government has been providing a handful of individuals who suffer from various ailments with marijuana grown at the University of Mississippi as part of the Compassionate Investigational New Drug program. The four surviving patients still receiving federal marijuana receive a strain with almost no CBD that has been essential to managing their conditions — a rare bone spur disorder, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, and a painful condition called nail patella syndrome, respectively. The marijuana these individuals have benefitted from would not be allowed under CBD-only proposals.


Conclusion


Medical marijuana legislation should not be so restrictive as to leave behind around 98% of the individuals who can benefit from it. THC has proven medical benefits and individuals who can benefit from strains that include it should not be forgotten when legislators debate medical marijuana bills.


http://www.mpp.org/assets/documents/low-or-no-thc-high-cbd.html




BrianKelly
BrianKelly

Fear of Medical Marijuana Legalization is unfounded. Not based on any science or fact whatsoever.


So please, all prohibitionists,  we beg you, give your scare tactics, "Conspiracy Theories" and "Doomsday Scenarios" over the inevitable Legalization of Medical Marijuana a rest. Nobody is buying them anymore these days. Okay?


Furthermore, if all prohibitionists get when they look into that nice, big and shiny, crystal ball of theirs, while wondering about the future of Medical Marijuana Legalization Nationwide, is horror, doom, and despair, well then I suggest they return that thing as quickly as possible and reclaim the money they shelled out for it, since it is obviously defective. 


The prohibition of marijuana has not decreased the supply nor the demand for marijuana at all. Not one single iota, and it never will. Just a huge and complete waste of our tax dollars to continue criminalizing citizens for choosing a natural, non-toxic, relatively benign plant proven to be much safer than alcohol and definitely so much less dangerous than handfuls of deadly, toxic, made-,made, highly addictive, narcotic pain pills and other pharmaceuticals . 


If prohibitionists are going to take it upon themselves to worry about "saving us all" from ourselves, then they need to start with the drug that causes more death and destruction than every other drug in the world COMBINED, which is alcohol! 


Why do prohibitionists feel the continued need to vilify and demonize marijuana when they could more wisely focus their efforts on a real, proven killer, alcohol, which again causes more destruction, violence, and death than all other drugs, COMBINED? 


Prohibitionists really should get their priorities straight and or practice a little live and let live. They'll live longer, happier, and healthier, with a lot less stress if they refrain from being hell bent on trying to control others through Draconian Marijuana Laws.

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

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