As you may recall, United for Care won approval of the 2014 petition despite strong opposition by Attorney General Bondi’s office, as well as the Florida Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and others.
NONE of these groups filed opposition this time!
While this could mean a speedier approval by the Supreme Court, it is at least a tacit acknowledgment by Attorney General Bondi that this petition is likely to satisfy the Court.
The 2016 petition was changed (from the 2014 version) to clarify some points, particularly as it relates to parental consent and the process in which people can become caregivers. It also makes explicitly clear what the Supreme Court found was implied in the 2014 version: that medical marijuana could only be recommended to people with serious, debilitating conditions.
Though the court will still need to approve the petition, it appears the most significant obstacle to getting on the ballot will be obtaining enough validated petitions. To that end, we need each of you to go here, fill out the form, download and sign the petition, and mail it in.
Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same, by forwarding this email and sharing the petition link (http://www.unitedforcare.org/petition) on Facebook and Twitter.
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As with the 2014 amendment, the new language calls for doctors to certify that a patient suffers from a debilitating condition and could benefit from using pot. The state would issue ID cards for patients and caregivers. Licensed treatment centers would grow and sell the marijuana. No one could grow their own.
“The voters of Florida clearly want a medical marijuana law and we intend to pass one, whether in the Legislature this session or on the ballot in 2016,’’ Pollara said.
I hope the Medical Professionals can INCLUDE CHRONIC PANCREATITIS because I’d be in a lot worse shape if I had not been exposed to try this for symptoms when this congenital abnormality became a serious problem for me in 2000.
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Bondi be damnned!
Joe Somebody is right. They lie and say they want to help us—but then don’t. We MUST continue the fight to force them to do it! TV commercials are an excellent idea—and I think Joe Somebody ought to pay for the first one since he thought it up.
Seriously, Morgan has spent a fortune—we need to put our money where our mouths are!