Legal medical marijuana sales begin!* (*but you can't buy it and it won't help you)

Medical marijuana will be legally for sale next week, but it is not a time to celebrate or stop working. 

While it is technically accurate medical marijuana will be "available" next week for purchase in Florida—due to some limited bills passed by the legislature—the reality is that all but a few who should have access (and would under Amendment 2) will still find themselves without it. The limitations and constraints of the laws are so great that very few doctors can currently recommend medical marijuana, and virtually no patients will actually be able to buy it. 

Paraphrasing John Morgan... That's just f***ing stupid. 

Meanwhile, our opponents are pouring money into their campaign to try to make it so these patients NEVER have access. (Fight back here.)

Amendment 2 remains the ONLY way to secure medical marijuana, with no fear of arrest or imprisonment, for the hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from a variety of serious, debilitating conditions and illnesses.  It also provides a regulatory environment that will make sure doctors can legally recommend marijuana to their patients. 

Current law, with an exception for terminally ill patients, allows solely for "low-THC Cannabis". The vast preponderance of science, medicine and anecdote say that THC, the chemical that gets a person "high", is also the component that brings much of the plant's medicinal benefits. 

So yes, marijuana will be on sale next week in Florida. But few will qualify, fewer still will be able to find a doctor to make the order, and those few  who can may not be helped by what they purchase.

If sick and suffering Floridians are ever to truly see relief through medical marijuana, voters must approve Amendment 2 this November.

Please support this effort. Mel Sembler just put in another $500,000 against us.  Can you make a contribution for $25, $50, $100, $250 or more here?

Thank you. 

- Ben Pollara

United for Care

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  • I recently tested positive for marijuana with my employer. I did not lose my job, but I had to plead my case. I use it for migraines, anxiety, depression, and it helps me to eat. I’ve tried using antidepressants, but they seem to make me even more depressed. I do not abuse it, and I never use it during working hours. Marijuana helps me cope without the negative after affects. It’s hard, because I live in a very small community, and I feel as if I am being judged. I am educated, I have never used any hard drugs, but I am instantly labeled for trying to help myself rather than have a pity party.
  • I have a home in Los Angeles, Brunswick, Maine and one here in Florida. Being a medical marijuana patient for years in both California and Maine, while I’m here at home in Florida I always feel as if I’ve gone back in time to some horrible episode of the TV show Cops where punishment with fines are the norm as opposed to companion and understanding. Get it together Florida. We could all benefit from a thriving medical marijuana system that prevents our citizens from pain and suffering. The police resources could be better used getting dangerous drugs and criminals off our streets instead of sick pot patients. Let’s also mention that in Colorado and Washington that DUI loss of lives accidents have decreased since legalization has occurred for recreational users. This is a no-brainer. I applaud John Morgan and all those that have catties the torch this far. Please get out and help make our state a better place to live by passing Amendment 2.
  • I’m a recent cancer survivor of Burkit lymphoma. My chemotherapy was very hard as most people know. However my doctors were amazed I always turned down pain killers. Till I told them I self med with canabis. Everyone of my doctors agreed with my decision and stated how sad it was to see cancer survivors now addicted to their pain meds. Trading one disease for another, but the doctors have zero alternative to pain killers. This is what’s wrong with this country people never care until it affects their family. If all of my doctors can agree on my complex care, how can lawmakers continue to put their heads in the sand on this issue. Bless all who fight for patients and their families.

    Side note I live in Georgia but all of my cancer treatments were in Florida. Maybe one Georgia will wake up.
  • Here’s one for our government u become disabled an see many doctors go through therapy an surgery’s your surgeon tells u u need neck an back surgery by a specialist 8 yrs ago…now they put me on meds until something hey call a refural is done to go see this surgeon for my neck an back I have been on all kinds of meds from the start of all this an now have to keep taken meds ..why not just have the damn insurance company for ssi pay for the surgery ornate the doctors except the people than can be helped an NOT Turn them into addiction an more added health problems from being on all these meds from pain management for yrs ….my apinion is it’s to much in house F!@king money an for our government to let this or do this to any of us .Yah let’s vote for another special Pres that gets nothing for the people an it stays this is the land of the free only if u CAN AFFORD IT !!!!!!!!!
  • i can’ t wait to have my marihuana legal! 😌😍😝😋😋
  • I am a 56 yr old Female with generalized clonic-tonic Seziur
    I know marijuana is good for seziurs my neurologists told me
    I will qualify for medical
    Marijuana when it is approved
    In Florida I support amendment 2!
  • I am a 56 yr old Female with generalized clonic-tonic Seziur
    I know marijuana is good for seziurs my neurologists told me
    I will qualify for medical
    Marijuana when it is approved
    In Florida I support amendment 2!
  • That is so crazy that people in 2016 still do not understand the advantage of having a choice of medicine without having all the chemicals that the Pharmaceuticals are putting in our bodies. There are so many people that would not be fighting opiate addictions if we would have the availability of a plant like marijuana that would cure pains for cancer patients the government is spending so many millions of dollars fighting this opiate addiction say no to heroin “SAY NO TO DRUGS”, remember this slogan? Marijuana is not a drug it’s a plant it’s natural and the benefits over synthetic pain killers are amazing, would you give Oxy to a child No, its crazy, but the bunch of people using marijuana to give quality of life to a child are doing what they need to do to comfort their children. I would do what it takes to help my child. Go AMENDMENT 2 I will support until we make change for the better.
  • Florida’s Medical Marijuana Measure Faces Fierce Opposition From Familiar Foe

    Posted by Zach Phillips on July 21, 2016Ending Marijuana Prohibition, Medical Marijuana Policy

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    Drug Free Florida, which is fighting against Florida’s measure to bring medical marijuana to the state, boasted raising more than $500,000 in two weeks. However, a deeper look into the contributors of that money reveals a significant portion came from one single donor.

    Mel Sembler, former Ambassador to Italy and prominent fundraiser in the state donated $500,000 to the fund, while Drug Free Florida raised a total of $510,035. Floridians who advocated for the medical marijuana measure that failed in 2014 will remember Mel Somber as a fierce opponent to the measure – which garnered 58% support, but fell just shy of the 60% needed to become law.

    John Morgan, Chairman of United for Care that is backing the Yes on 2 campaign, said in an email that Sembler, “promised to raise $10,000,000 against medical marijuana in the coming months.”

    The influx of cash to the No on 2 campaign comes on the heels of the campaign releasing a 30-second ad comparing budtenders to “drug dealers with store fronts.”

    Currently, combined polling for the measure in the state shows a 69% support for the measure to pass in 2016. The initiative allows patients with debilitating medical conditions, as determined by a licensed Florida physician, to use medical marijuana. The amendment defines a debilitating condition as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other things.
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