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Facts about medical marijuana:

  • 7 out of 10 voters surveyed across all parties support Medical Marijuana in Florida.

  • Many patients and their doctors find marijuana a useful medicine as part of the treatment for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and other ailments. Yet Florida laws treat all patients currently using medical marijuana as criminals. Doctors are presently allowed to prescribe cocaine and morphine — but not marijuana.

  • Supporters of Medical Marijuana include: The American College of Physicians , Institute of Medicine, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Medical Student Association, and the state medical societies of New York, Rhode Island, and California.

  • A few of the many editorial boards that have endorsed medical access to marijuana include: Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Orange County Register, USA Today, Baltimore’s Sun, and The Los Angeles Times.

  • Since 1996, a majority of voters in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state have voted in favor of ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for seriously ill people who grow or possess medical marijuana.

  • The American Medical Association  believes that “effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions.”

Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications, including:

  • Relief from nausea and appetite loss;

  • Reduction of intraocular (within the eye) pressure;
  • Reduction of muscle spasms; and

  • Relief from chronic pain.

Marijuana is frequently beneficial in the treatment of the following conditions:

AIDS. Marijuana can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the ailment itself and by various AIDS medications. Observational research has found that by relieving these side effects, medical marijuana increases the ability of patients to stay on life-extending treatment. (See also CHRONIC PAIN below.)

HEPATITIS C. As with AIDS, marijuana can relieve the nausea and vomiting caused by treatments for hepatitis C. In a study published in the September 2006 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, patients using marijuana were better able to complete their medication regimens, leading to a 300% improvement in treatment success.

GLAUCOMA. Marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, alleviating the pain and slowing—and sometimes stopping — damage to the eyes. (Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It damages vision by increasing eye pressure over time.)

CANCER. Marijuana can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. (Multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the United States.)

EPILEPSY: Marijuana can prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

Marijuana can alleviate chronic, often debilitating pain caused by myriad disorders.

INJURIES: Since 2007, three published clinical trials have found that marijuana effectively relieves neuropathic pain.

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commented 2014-05-19 07:57:40 -0400 · Flag
Does anyone know what will happen with Florida MMJ legislation since all bills except 1030 were killed in subcommittee? Will Florida accept a diluted “low THC” law which only adresses 2% of patients that can benifit from MMJ?
commented 2014-05-17 03:41:44 -0400 · Flag
Medical Marijuana for Menopause!
commented 2014-05-16 14:38:46 -0400 · Flag
I agree with all of the above, and it hasn’t even touched on the benefits in the realm of mental health. What about the alcoholics, being able to wean off alcohol, or those with severe anxiety who can use a less harmful and more natural outlet to reduce anxiousness vs using xanex and other mind altering pills and medications. Marijuana could turn a raging alcoholic into a sedintary, less agressive individual. Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol, not to mention less addicitive, and lets not forget the amount of drinking and driving accidents that would most likely be reduced. When individuals could light up while out for an evening and come around quicker than they would after few or more beers, I think we will see the positivity of legalizing.
commented 2014-05-09 10:39:35 -0400 · Flag
yes. I am at wits end. I had POP (Pelvic Organ Prolapse 6 years ago) Then I had to have surgery to REMOVE horrible rotting MESH that was made by Johnson and Johnson. I deal with pain every day and pills don’t work any more.
commented 2014-05-03 12:50:12 -0400 · Flag
Mr. Wolf you sound just like a politician to me. You know the ones full of lies and innuendo. I don’t know who your “bwoys” are since you fail to identify them. Also, if you are unable to back up your allegations with fact, sounds like a political ploy to me…… Comes now all of us concerned with the compassionate use of Cannabis. While the leaders at United For Care may or may not be political scientist makes no difference to me. because they and they alone have been able to get this referendum before the people and before this NOONE, NORMl or any other group as been able to accomplish this. You do great insult and injury to many who have given much to make this happen. However it doesn’t seem that you truly understand what the legislature has accomplished, irrespective, of whether or not your claim is valid; “…a scandal and lie”. Allow me to quote an Associated Press article published in today’s ‘The Tribune’ in the metro section:
“…I looked at my daughter and said, ‘How can I not do this? Bradley, R-Orange Park, said. If I come over here to be compassionate toward my fellow man, to be compassionate toward the children we try to protect with so many things that we’ve done, what kind of message would I be sending to my child if I simply said, You know what? This would be too risk Politically. …….Senate President Don Gaetz, a Republican said he was skeptical of the idea at first, but he voted for it Friday. “those who changed hearts were the parents and children who came here and camped out here and were so self-effacing, so undemanding, but so persuasive and so eloquent in their suffer,” said Gaetz, whose son Rep. Matt Gaetz sponsored the House bill."
Just so you understand; the most IMPORTANT aspect of this legislative approval is the pure and simple fact that Republicans and Democrats alike formally and in law recognized the medical benefits of Cannabis. I don’t know your motives but this has been the major goal of any of the multiple states who have legalized M.MJ; to wit, 1. recognize the medical benefits and 2. acknowledge that compassionate use is in the heart of every American. The legislature has accomplished exactly that. If you weren’t so blinded you would recognize that these comments will be seen again and again in our, United For Care’s campaign going forward to inform the general public that our legislatures agree with us; Compassionate use for medical benefit for those citizens in need.
You can argue till you are blue in the face whether or not this amendment goes far enough, covers all the necessary needs or what ever your argument is. But the pure facts are this; United For Care has done what no other group has been able to do in Florida to date and that is to get us to the vote for compassionate use of cannabis.
I won’t try to speak for others, but for me United For Care has 100% of my support and help to succeed in November. The important thing now is to get the amendment, then we can tweak it if it needs to be tweaked.
Your goal of disrupting this effort is slimy and unseemly and I for one will fight your efforts; are you sure you aren’t a politician?
Charles Britt Ward, Sr.
commented 2014-05-03 00:26:19 -0400 · Flag
Will u stand with me to defete all of this. We need to unite.all growers need to come together to get rid of these political science majors that work for united for care andshow true activism. This is what its going to take. We need 60%…..
commented 2014-05-03 00:25:36 -0400 · Flag
Now some good news….Stanley brothers and others have figured out a way to move there operations out of country so they can ship cbd in as hemp oil so its legal in all states. Still has to go through clinical trials so its going to be quite some time. Still good news but the truth.
commented 2014-05-03 00:24:46 -0400 · Flag
We are not getting Charlottes web it is a scandle and lie. I’m ashamed that united for care is following along. Let everybody no this is a lie. Me and my people are going to be taking over the campaign. We care about people and are informed on the industrie.I’m sorry united for care but u don’t have your facts in order.
commented 2014-04-17 14:23:00 -0400 · Flag
I suffer with chronic pain caused by my conditions,arthritis and my disc disease in my neck and lower back.I have had 16 operations three left knee total replacements,two right knee total replacements.Both of my shoulders were operated on as well as my left wrist I now suffer from deep depression due to my health. I am only 56 years old and my conditions are getting worse !! I am now on a total of 14 kinds of pills. I would like to try to use something else besides Morphine and Vicodin every day . I wish this medicine should be made available to me to try to ease my pain,and all the other people suffering in our state of Florida as soon as possible!!!! I do not want to beg but if I must I do!!
commented 2014-04-16 17:20:10 -0400 · Flag
I cannot see any proposed legislation on the requirements of obtaining this drug. In what ways will we test intoxicated people on the roadways? If we can iron out the system to stop abuse then I am for it. But as of now I mainly see a lot of people who are pro-MEDICAL Marijuana that have no real medical issues, because they think they will get their hands on it. If it is going to just be abused, then why do it? Any links you may all have for legislation being put forth for the regulation of such would be appreciated, because this Get The Facts page has no facts of that nature.
commented 2014-04-04 16:32:11 -0400 · Flag
i have hep c and chronic back pain i cant wait for medical marijuana to be legal so i can get treated properly
commented 2014-03-21 11:29:12 -0400 · Flag
Mark – agreed and agreed. All involved -understand this is the first, but as election time grows nearer those who are against Prop 2 will try to take over every forum they can.
commented 2014-03-21 10:54:13 -0400 · Flag
Pretty sure the convo got on track there Mark…but uh thanks yeah.
commented 2014-03-21 06:47:17 -0400 · Flag
Might I suggest a delay in displaying comments so they may be moderated and abuse stopped? I had been following people’s comments and insight, but after yesterday’s rant blew up my cellphone I have turned that feature off and no longer will follow this thread.

Also, might I suggest not to fuel the fire with a red herring? Pretty juvenile on all sides.

commented 2014-03-20 16:55:23 -0400 · Flag
Mr. Wolf – thank you for your intervention. First, is that the best question. I watched with interest the Weed 2 special, in which they talked about the ’entourage" effect of the entire plant and all chemicals there in. Is getting just CBD the best answer for Florida?
commented 2014-03-20 16:30:11 -0400 · Flag
Here I’ll start the board off with a new topic. What are we going to do about getting cbd to Florida?
commented 2014-03-20 16:25:17 -0400 · Flag
Listen I’ve been in this game longer than everyone here I don’t care about your presidential debates the bottom line is we have sick people that need meds in Florida and that’s what my focus is
commented 2014-03-20 16:04:40 -0400 · Flag
Josh……please review the comments ALL THE WAY down the line. This was an attempt to get consensus on even a TOPIC for this discussion.
commented 2014-03-20 15:53:25 -0400 · Flag
Stop getting side tracked FLORIDA IS THE FOCUS
commented 2014-03-20 14:29:30 -0400 · Flag
Dana Rohrabacher is doing great legislative work about getting the DEA and feds out of the legalization bit. I plan on writing my congressman and tell him to get behind this legislation.
commented 2014-03-20 14:16:08 -0400 · Flag
“My original comment about Obama was wrong on my part, But he has the pen and the phone and influence over the DEA and the attorney General to take marijuana off the schedule one list.” Rob, I couldn’t agree with you more. Perhaps we all can brainstorm and see how to make this happen. I have started two petitions at asking for this to happen – both got little traction even after posting them on social media.
commented 2014-03-20 13:50:54 -0400 · Flag
Rob, big of you to admit you were wrong. But I don’t think you, like many Americans understand how laws work. The President has pass everything by Congress and they vote whether to legalize or not. Period. Obama has nothing to do with why it is not off the schedule one list. Influence, perhaps, but Congress has the vote.
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