Florida Medical Association Comes Out Against Medical Marijuana

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The Florida Medical Association, which represents about 20,000 physicians in the state of Florida, has come out strongly against a proposed amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state. Among the group's concerns are that medical professionals without proper training could end up handling medical marijuana.

We hate to break it to the group, but there are literally tens of thousands of people without any medical training whatsoever handling and distributing marijuana throughout Florida right now.

"Providing compassionate care to our patients is something we do every day," said FMA President Alan B. Pillersdorf in a statement. "We believe the unintended consequences of Amendment 2 are serious and numerous enough for us to believe they constitute a public health risk for Floridians."

Dr. Pillersdorf, by the way, is a practicing Palm Beach plastic surgeon who specializes in non-medically necessary cosmetic procedures. His practice will inject Botox and Juvederm into your face, and stuff silicone into your breasts, but apparently ingesting a plant is just a step too far for Pillersdorf.

"We have come together to reject an Amendment that does not have the proper regulations in place, approves an unsafe method of drug delivery and puts a substance that has drug abuse potential in the hands of Floridians, if approved in November," Pillersdorf continued. "FMA also rejects a process whereby initiatives to approve medicines are decided by methods other than careful science-based review."

The resolution to oppose medical marijuana was passed unanimously by the FMA House of Delegates during its recent annual conference in Orlando.

At issue is the possible health risks of smoking any substance. The group is also concerned that a medicine is being approved not by experts but rather by public vote, and that proper training is not required under the amendment.

United for Care, the group championing Amendment 2, has shot back.

"The Association's stance apparently does not take into account the many scientific studies, as well as copious anecdotal evidence, pointing to the efficacy of medical marijuana in alleviating symptoms from a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions," United For Care's Ben Pollara told SaintPetersBlog.

Pollara also added that the Florida Department of Health and the legislature will not decide on proper regulations and training for the dispersion of medical marijuana unless the amendment passes, and he expects it to be a tightly regulated industry.

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mikemath3
mikemath3

That doesn't make sense though. How is it relevant that there are dealers out there with no medical training?

Would you not prescribe somebody, I don't know, tylenol, just because some dude was selling it on the street outside?

ihavethewine
ihavethewine

Of course they're against medical marijuana - they don't get kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies for recommending a natural plant!

Gisela Mayedo
Gisela Mayedo

Right, because they know their prescription pads will pile up on their desks! Big Pharma can't take it!!

Michael Oliver
Michael Oliver

I actually have to agree, If you consider what happened when Pills came into play down here So Fla. houses the most ignorant and greedy low-morale members of American Society, so its only common sense to expect that should something that is yet to be legalized elsewhere become widely accessible here, it will damage the surrounding societies and turn the rest of the country (what isn't already shit) into the same shit we experience here.

Richard H Cibran
Richard H Cibran

Oh James and Robertito... Ignorance is bliss isn't it...

Sisey Stonecypher
Sisey Stonecypher

Or course Pills vs Marijuana. It is criminal, and against our rights as a free nation.

Shawna Kemper
Shawna Kemper

VOTE, VOTE, VOTE PEOPLE!!!! It will not pass if we do not get out there and vote!!!!

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

@James Camp, wow what a jackass comment. Regarding the Broward Judge, I'm pretty sure you are clueless about that case. Have you heard of the words personal responsibility? Have your nanny state somewhere else; you are welcome to leave Florida.

Omar Ghaffar
Omar Ghaffar

This guy should stick to injecting silicone poison into people and shut it. Same issue happened in Massachusetts but the voters overwhelmingly approved.

J.R. Chanin
J.R. Chanin

Rick Scott is dumping all his available funds into making sure that this does not pass. The federal government said that they're going to monitor the election and Scott said "fuck off." I have ten bucks that says he will win...that gesture only means he plans to rig the election.

Drew Johnston
Drew Johnston

Amen Joe Campbell! Mr Bill Hicks spoke the truth!

Joe Campbell
Joe Campbell

It's not a war on drugs, it's a war on personal freedom... Keep that in mind at all times ok

Charles M. LaBow
Charles M. LaBow

Follow the money. Who's is always opposed to the legalization of drugs? The people that "profit" most from them: lawyers, judges, cops, cartels, for profit prisons, doctors. All the people that make a buck by holding on to control.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

James Camp, I don't think you get it. Big pharma might get a piece of this but the profits pale in comparison to vico, oxy and all the other pain meds out there. So no, they don't want this. And you should study California as a model for medical marijuana. Independent authorized dealers, when not screwed by the Feds, do right by the patient and adhere to state regulations while making a modest profit. There's no rise of insurance premiums of any kind nor has crime increased. Not only that but studies from NIH, University of Chicago and elsewhere have shown medical marijuana to be more effective and less toxic than prescription meds in alleviating pain, inflammation, etc by many with auto immune diseases.

Laura Anne
Laura Anne

A substance that has drug abuse potential... lmao.. no big pharma drugs have abuse potential?! SMH.. somebody scared they will lose some perks?!

Charley Biehl
Charley Biehl

F**k them! Why does anybody need an md's permission to smoke weed? LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL USE FOR ADULTS!

Xaviant Haze
Xaviant Haze

The Pharmaceutical industry runs South Florida - no way they will allow the trees to be free in the warm Florida sun where it can grow 24/7 365!

Reuben DeOro
Reuben DeOro

you are CRAZY if you think any marijuana user will be purchasing weed from any pharmaceutical company. Although the bill has been debauched by Republicans it's called PATIEN RIGHTS. Every patient has the right to be their own caregiver or employ someone to be their care giver. The pharmaceutical company will NEVER thrive in the marijuana business because unlike most we are not close minded.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Gia, the pharmaceutical industry is the only one that will be able to sell medical narijuana anyway. We'll have state authorized and approved growers, the pharmaceuticals will buy that up and control production from seed to pills. You don't see that ? Independent growers that try to circumvent the state law are the same grow house criminals they are today. Only instead of that haul/inventory being destroyed, it will be auctioned and sold off to the pharmaceuticals that are authorized & approved to operate in the state of Florida.

alex751
alex751

Looks like someone just lined their pockets.. 


Gia Failla
Gia Failla

OHH I GOT an IDEA share this and SEND them a NICE request for them to EXPLAIN why they oppose it with FACTS...Tweets by @FloridaMedical govaffairs@flmedical.org

Gia Failla
Gia Failla

ugh of course they did the PHARMACEUTICAL lobby has them bought and paid for!!

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

I don't think New Times gets it. There is a difficult line to draw for dosages to patients. Even with pills, we have a judge that wrecked into a gate and that was sleeping pills. End of the day, irresponsible people that don't take responsibility for what they self administer to themselves. Legally & illegally. Sorry these folks need drugs, but no insurance and those of us that don't Need nor want that buzzed patient or recreational loser abuser wandering around stoned. Mitt as well raise auto insurance premiums for this. Because the lawyers are going to go after sober & unimpaired for the impaired in the event of a tragedy.

Joey Glez
Joey Glez

They rather u buy their pills. Which in some cases are worse and more addicting

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Florida is such a backward state!

Humberto Casanova
Humberto Casanova

We should all message that dr. Alan B. Pillersdorf and ask him how much pharma lobbyists paid him ... Pathetic.

Eloy Velazquez
Eloy Velazquez

No matter. Come election day the folks will come in droves and overwhelmingly vote in favor of medical cannabis and will shove the opinions of the Florida medical association up their asses. LOL

Sean Peden
Sean Peden

Duh...pushing pills is as easy as getting a free Country Club membership from the Pharmaceutical industry.

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Just like Milwaukees best was the choice of so many of the blue collar, working class back in the day so shall Mary Jane be the choice of the underpaid, wage battered generation of today.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Wow, if I had a name like "robertito" I'd concentrate more on changing it and shutting the hell up to avoid sounding like the ass that name implies.

Lorna Boman
Lorna Boman

@robertito, you're an ignorant douche. Medical marijuana has been proven to help alleviate seizures in epilepsy patients, help with the nausea after chemo and also help with other ailments. You're a close minded person that obviously has no education on marijuana. Quit basing your theories on stupid stoner movies and educate yourself on this issue. These doctors opposed to marijuana being introduced into their system obviously have some other agenda they're trying to push. They have no problem pushing addicting pills to those that can pay for it but don't need it. #educateyourself

ihavethewine
ihavethewine

Your statement holds zero logic and is full of racist ignorance.  Try again with some valid information next time.

KOOLTOZE
KOOLTOZE

you don't look like a 'good fuck' to me, you look like a fat, unhappy, immature sissy...I've smoked pot recreationally for close to 50 years, worked my entire life, always earned a positive reference from former employers, owned and operated businesses, created jobs for others, sold those businesses for profit, retired at 52, traveled the world, started a new business at 60 which earns handsomely, created more jobs in a crappy economic environment and never had any sort of legal problems. I don't smoke everyday, don't blow smoke in cop's faces and don't contribute to drug cartels. I grow my own in small batches, share with my friends and oppose any restrictions on my right, as a responsible adult, to pursue life, liberty and happiness as I see fit. You and your ilk, on the other hand, prefer the 'state' to tell you how you are allowed to enjoy yourself, or what medications you may use, regardless of side-effects.  

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