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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The biggest problem with trying to do this in Florida is the diverse group of anti-marijuana interests that lie here. All of the Calvina Fay-backed drug war lobbies are headquartered in St. Petersburg. Of course, GEO Group, the pride of Boca Raton, doesn't want to lose its healthy flow of customers. And our flagship state university  actually pays Kevin Sabet, a known drug war shill, to head its "Drug Policy Institute" as part of the College of Medicine, despite the fact that Mr. Sabet has no training or education in medicine or human biology. Not to mention all of the religious groups and police unions joining in on the misguided attempts to distort science.

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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Michael Dittmeier

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

Donovan Brin
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.

Charles Schneider
Charles Schneider

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

Antero Blanco
Antero Blanco

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

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

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

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