Florida Legalizes Marijuana by a majority vote.
Thanks to the quick actions of Governor Rick Scott of Florida, it has now joined the ranks of 22 other states in the U.S. to legalize marijuana in compassionate care cases. Senate Bill 1030, which quickly passed in both the house and the senate with an overwhelming majority votes was signed into law on June 16. This ground breaking decision will change the way Florida looks at cannabis and how it is regulated by law enforcement.
The fine print of Senate Bill 1030.
Senate Bill 1030 which was quickly passed and signed into law will help protect medical professionals while prescribing cannabis. This new law will allow fully licensed medical professional to prescribe low grade cannabis oil to patients with terminal and chronic illnesses including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and ailments that produce seizures and chronic muscle spasms.
People receiving medical marijuana treatments must get it from a licensed doctor and they have to be a permanent resident of Florida. The law states that only the licensed medical professional can add patients to a new “compassionate use registry.” Furthermore, the law states that only 5 producers will be allowed to cultivate the cannabis oil. These cultivators will be in each corner of the state with one place in the middle. The bill also states that smoking marijuana will still be considered illegal.
What are the pros of the new law?
• The new law being passed in a Southern state which could lead to others following suit. The South has shown strong opposition against the legalization of any form of Marijuana but Florida might have change the tide.
• It might just help reduce the cost of medical care. Cannabis oil can be made cheaper than most pharmaceuticals and this would help drive down cost for people with chronic illness that are covered by the bill.
• The bill also allows the state university system to begin testing with cannabis which could lead to new medical breakthroughs and cures.
What are the cons we should consider?
• Having only 5 producers could drive a normally cheap product up in price. With only five companies in the market, the choices will be very limited and a monopoly of sorts could come into existence.
• You won’t be seeing a head shop or a marijuana shop popping up selling cannabis oil around the state which would limit patient’s access to a local source. Although, you might see a medical marijuana shop depending on how officials decide to dispense the oil.
• Many chronic ailments won’t be covered by the bill, leaving millions of state residents without the benefits of cannabis oil which is grossly unfair to many.
Voters in Florida not Worried About Medical Marijuana Come Election Time
In a short handful of months, nine to be exact, Florida will be voting on the issue that has been coming up in over 20 different states in America. The issue of Medical Marijuana being used as a treatment for certain diseases. Republicans, in particular Gov. Rick Scott, are opposed to amending the Constitution to allow for marijuana to be used as a treatment for various diseases. Though the amendment proposed only lists nine diseases to be allowed the treatment of Medical Marijuana, Republicans state that by approving the drug for treatment of diseases will open the doorway for crack-pot doctors to write prescriptions for people who are not sick to be able to obtain marijuana for recreation purposes.
Florida For Medicinal Marijuana
However, a recent poll of the population shows that the people of Florida are not worried about this happening. It appears that with the California legislature approving the use of Medicinal Marijuana not causing an up rise of fake doctors. This shows the people of Florida that florida medical marijuana can be a thing that allows Florida to join the growing number of states in America to bring back a substance that once was used for everything.
Marijuana used to be used for the treatment of a lot of things in the past. From jaw infections to multiple sclerosis, the benefits of using marijuana as a medical drug has both liberals and conservatives approving of this drug being brought back to the medical community as a viable drug. Especially since it has been shown to help patients who even have AID’s. Doctors and patients both are excited to have marijuana rejoin the ranks of prescribed drugs.
However, many of the ones that oppose the new legislature have come out with some reasons as to why the drug should not be approved. These reasons make everyday doctors appear to be bumbling idiots since the wording of the new amendment stipulates that “should a physician feel that the benefits outweigh the consequences” he or she can prescribe marijuana to any of their patients. They site a teething toddler being capable of gaining the drug to help with the pain of teething.
Parents Views on Medical Marijuana in Florida
This also puts parents in a lower esteem, making a parent who goes with the intent of gaining a prescription for medical marijuana for their child to be nothing more than knuckle-dragging idiots and drug addicts. This is, of course, nothing new when it comes to people who oppose things that can help the population. Even when breast-feeding came unpopular these same people made parents seem horrible for choosing that method of feeding.
Florida Pushes for Medical Marijuana
It looks like medical marijuana could affect the way the voters pick their political leaders in the 2014 Florida elections, a decision that may be of some concern to the governor of that state. Governor Rick Scott has made his opinion known that he is against any initiative to legalize medical marijuana in its present state, however, the Florida Supreme Court disagrees and approved the measure to have it placed on the ballot.
Because of his stance against Florida medical marijuana, Rick Scott has found himself lagging in the polls, which gives his chief contender, former governor Charlie Crist a chance to take the lead. Crist, who was once a Republican candidate, switched sides after losing an election, favors the measure and is now on the Democratic ticket. Governor Scott made his opinions known when he attempted to derail the legalization votes, but failed as the Florida Supreme Court gave their blessing.
Political pundits residing in Florida are suggesting that this may not be a battle that Scott should fight, especially since at least the majority of Republicans that were polled are in favor of marijuana being used for medicinal purposes. As far as Florida medical marijuana is concerned, the stakes are even higher among Democrats and Independents.
The desire to include marijuana as an option to deal with pain has increased over the years and as other states begin to implement it, supporters of the drug are increasing their drive. Many Republican supporters of Florida medical marijuana either have or know someone who has a disease where medical marijuana will make dealing with the side effects a lot easier.
Morgan & Morgan (for the people) decided that the medical marijuana issue was one worth fighting for and plunked down $3 million of his own money towards promoting the cause. After leaving his office as governor, Crist went to work for John Morgan, together they accomplished more than a million signatures supporting the Florida medical marijuana initiative to place the choice on the ballot in the upcoming election.
The decision is certainly not gaining any popularity among law enforcement officials who see this as an opportunity to increase the use of the drug on the streets. Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk County has suggested that the Florida medical marijuana initiative is just another attempt to turn marijuana into a legal drug. Democrats are not willing to admit that the marijuana vote is a ploy to increase their supporters.