Medical Marijuana & Amendment 2 in Florida

Why you should vote YES on Amendment 2 

By Christopher Carlos Cano, M.P.A.
Executive Director, Central Florida NORML

 

The Medical Marijuana Question in Florida

This November Floridians will take to the ballot box to decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana by voting on Amendment 2.  

Currently, 22 states and the District of Columbia have either decriminalized or set-up medical marijuana systems. Florida is the test case for the Deep South and the country as a whole.  Marijuana, scientifically known as cannabis, remains a Schedule I substance according to The Controlled Substances Act of 1970.  This means that the Federal Government still outlaws cannabis in all forms.  As a Schedule I substance, marijuana is deemed to have no medicinal value and a high prevalence for abuse.  The research and scientific data, however, show this to be untrue.  There are over 15,000 studies related to cannabinoids and their medicinal effects.  Phyto-cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant which affect the human body’s endocannabinoid system.  The human body naturally produces compounds similarly found in marijuana.  These regulate bodily functions such as sleep, mood, pain, and appetite.  This is why medical marijuana has such a significant impact on such a wide variety of ailments.

Yet, regardless of how much research contradicts the current scheduling of marijuana, some in America and Florida remain in opposition.  Here are some reasons why you should vote in favor of medical marijuana: 

  1. Due to Florida’s aging population and significant military presence of former veterans, medical marijuana will bring relief to those suffering from many age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Cancer; in addition to PTSD and pain caused by battlefield injuries.
  2. A well regulated medical cannabis industry will do much more than bring increased health and quality of living to Florida residents.  It will generate revenues for state coffers if implemented properly.  Studies show Florida could have nearly a billion dollar industry within 5 years.
  3. Medical Marijuana in Florida could potentially reach 400,000 patients state-wide.  This would give the patients immunity from legal sanctions and prosecution for possessing, using, and cultivating medical marijuana.
  4. The geographic economic effects resulting from medical marijuana treatment centers are a boon to local neighborhoods and business districts.  The inter-related industries such as real-estate, security, information technology, hydroponic equipment, and bio-medical sciences are all stimulated by treatment center operations. 

For more information on the benefits of medical cannabis, there have been several marijuana educational programs offering classes in Florida.  Medical Marijuana Tampa is one such cannabis education program that has garnered local, national, and international news.  For more info, visit their website.

 

 


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