We may not have passed amendment 2 tonight but make no mistake, tonight was a victory in the fight for medical marijuana in Florida. Our next governor will take the oath of office having won less than a majority of Floridians' votes. The idea that marijuana is medicine and that those suffering and in pain should not be made criminals, received a larger share of the vote than the winner of the last 6 gubernatorial elections (if over 56) and every presidential campaign in Florida for decades.
Tallahassee didn't act, so the people had to.
Well tonight, the people have spoken their will - and their will is for Florida to join 23 other states in passing a medical marijuana law for people like Cathy Jordan and my brother Tim.
This fight does not end tonight. This fight begins tonight. Tomorrow we go to Tallahassee.
Tallahassee politicians can ignore polls and ignore activists. They cannot ignore a clear majority of Florida voters. We will not be ignored.
The governor and the leadership of the house and senate MUST listen to the people who gave them their jobs. They must act on this issue. They must pass a medical marijuana law in the 2015 session that serves the hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering Floridians who are desperate for one.
If they don't - we'll be back on the ballot in 2016. And the will of the people WILL NOT be denied a second time.
I have this final message to the patients in Florida - compassion may have been delayed, but it is coming.
why force cancer patients to deplete their life savings at dispensaries. Instead grant them the option to grow their own medicine. Besides organic growing is more medically sound then all the fertilizer the dispensaries will use to boost profits
If you’ve ever been around an internal combustion motor (ie car), then you’ve inhaled second hand smoke (carbon monoxide). Your comment implying critically ill people will be parading around you smoking marijuana, without regard to you or anyone around is absurd- but it is one of the concerns the “no” side continues to harp, and as such, both sides should use this as a learning opportunity. Those of us on the “yes” side should be mindful when running into this argument particularly in the next two years whilst building up to a triumphant 2016.
As a doctor who does home care with the elderly and critically ill, pain is a common denominator. Ninety percent are on narcotics (opioids) of varying kinds and 100% of them suffer from adverse side effects (nausea, constipation, decline in function, lack of energy). There are two general types of narcotics prescribed for pain: those that are fast acting and short lived and those that are slow acting and longer lasting. Patients that use marijuana for pain typically ingest it orally (in cookies, brownies, etc) since its effects are longer lasting. As an aside, Ill patients have a hard time eating anything. This delivery method is a great way to introduce much needed calories. However, in those situations where “breakthrough” pain is needed, marijuana can be inhaled. This provides a fast acting, yet short lived response, giving time for the slower acting medicine to uptake. Also, as previously noted in an earlier response, ill patients do not burn the medicine in order to inhale it instead it is vaporized. This way the smoke that is produced by way of burning the organic material in the marijuana is avoided. People with compromised heart and lung function have poor tolerance to inhaling smoke- plus they may even be on oxygen. However Stacy , if they do decide to “smoke” marijuana conventionally, it will be in the privacy of their own home- nowhere near you.
The second part of your argument is very important to address. This amendment is intended to alleviate pain, and suffering (which is a consequence of chronic intractable pain) to those who need it. Suggesting referring physicians patients and caregivers will be careless, reckless and irresponsible with MM is hurtful and insulting. Many people are addicted to opioids yet there is no public clamour purporting the danger they poses to society. Yet,opioids pose a great threat to family’s everywhere due to their highly addictive properties- many lives have been ruined. The other thing to remember is that it is quite easy to kill yourself unintentionally with opioids. The pharmacology is such that they have a very narrow band of toxicity. Too much and breathing centers in the brain will be suppressed- and this might be just one or two pills for a frail person.
The beauty of MM is that it has a very wide spectrum of tolerance
and it does not effect the breathing centers in the brain the way opioids do- The bottom line is you can’t fatally overdose yourself with MM.
Stacy, please know that disseminating incorrect information about MM is the real tragedy here. Countless people have been adversely affected by your vote- needlessly I might add. Inform yourself and stay abreast as new information regarding MM is discovered almost weekly. Also, find compassion and love in your heart for those that cannot fend for themselves, the sick, the weak and those suffering from a kind of pain I hope you never have to endure. Finally, base your decisions on facts, not baseless ideological bias.
Mr. Morgan……I honestly feel that together we can changed this. We need to organize a peaceful rally in Tallahassee. Join forces and let our Governor see us there fighting for this freedom of choice. Let him connect with all suffering patients face to face if they can easily go, or a family member take a poster board of your loved one that is suffering. Show it to our wonderful Governor, let him see the amount of votes he could loose in the next election.
This is a choice we should of had for many years, but was mistakenly taken away from us in the 1930’s with ridiculous lies. Wake up Floridians and start doing some research for yourself on the benefits and studies of medical marijuana. We have been living in a matrix and you need to look beyond the rose colored glasses. Wake Up!
First of all, we don’t see people drinking out in public or out in the streets because there are laws enforced to keep consumption contained. There are designated areas including the private household. Medicinal marijuana would be no different. There will not be any smoking in public areas around anyone that does not want to be around smoke.
Secondly, many people who need this medication ingest it. Most are too sick to smoke. There are vast amounts of ways to get it into your system other than smoking.
Lastly, people like Stacy are poisoning our cause. Because of people like Stacy, many sick patients will not live long enough to see cannabis legalized in the great state of Florida and will live the rest of their lives in pain and agony. I just wish that people would just refrain from voting on the subject all together if they are not equipped with the proper amount of knowledge to make a fair and accurate vote. Now again, I am not attacking Stacy Bea. I am just using her as an example as to how misinformation and lack of education is what’s holding us back. Spread valid knowledge, prove key points, and enlighten those who do not see the potential of this God-given wonder.
I run a Facebook page called “Kids Fight Club” supporting awareness of children with childhood cancers. Last night many of the mothers of these children were on Facebook sharing their disappointment over a less harmful pain alternative for their children being kept from these kids any longer. I reassured them that the fight is still not over. But for many of these families it doesn’t lessen the blow they have been dealt.
We campaigned hard for passage of Amendment 2 and will continue to support your efforts. We have more than one reason to do so, but the biggest one is “FOR THE PEOPLE”. God bless.
How can anyone live with themselves if they voted NO. I am terminally ill & have been told there is a law on the book to allow me to have Cannabis now??? Then why can I not have my card & Cannabis. I was told I have many illnesses(7) that qualify me for medical Cannabis plus there is no alternative medicine for me, but no One will help me get a card or the Cannabis. My life depends on it & I do not understand. Please, others are receiving it because of JENKS V. STATE-582 SO.2D 676 I am in the computer with, United for Care. Please, I want my Cannabis & a better quality of life now