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30,000 sign medical marijuana petition

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Updated: 7/30/2013 7:38 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Using marijuana to treat patients is inching closer toward legalization in Florida. But Dr. Daniel Kantor, President of the Florida Society of Neurology, says that's a bad idea.

Kantor told Action News, "We've had a problem with pill mills. How can we be sure we sure we won't have a problem with marijuana mills?"

But organizers for a web site called United for Care say they've had 30,000 people disagree in the past two weeks and sign their petition to make medical marijuana legal in the Sunshine State.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, told Action News, "The legislature refuses to act in any way shape or form on it. So we are taking it to the people."

The petitioners, funded by prominent Florida attorney John Morgan are hoping to make the issue a statewide ballot measure next year by getting at least 700,000 signatures certified by the Capitol.

A similar petition failed in 2009.



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orangeparkdude - 7/31/2013 2:00 PM
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I agree with KingM and anyone else who has medical issues that this can help. PEOPLE WHO ARE AGAINST IT ARE USUALLY PEOPLE WHO ARE IN GOOD HEALTH AND DON'T KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE SICK EVERYDAY, WITH LITTLE TO NO RELIEF AT ALL.

orangeparkdude - 7/31/2013 1:55 PM
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As a cancer victim I agree it should be legalized, it has saved my life, and if patients grow it then let them, maybe allow them to grow a certain amount, not everybody can afford to pay for the high cost of prescription medications god knows how high the price will be to fill this prescription.

Old Dog - 7/31/2013 9:26 AM
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My Brother lives in Colorado and has been smoking pot for years, he owns his own business, makes a ton of money, has big house in the mountains, a beautiful wife and has raised two beautiful kids. The only negative effects I’ve seen in him is the fact he less aggressive, drinks less beer and is happier then he has ever been. Frankly speaking the war on drugs has been a total failure, cocaine is more available than ever, cheaper and a heck of a lot better than it was when I last tried it in the early 80s. The same goes for pot and just about every other illegal drug you can name, drugs any high school has easy access to on a daily bases. What have we gained from this failed war, losses to our constitutional rights, we live in what could be described as a Police State where invasion of privacy is a way of life and our tax dollars are being wasted keeping drug offenders in prison and jails while violent criminals go free due to overcrowding. That is why I support legalization on a national level and taxation of marijuana not only for medical reasons but also for recreational use. Why is something way less harmful to society than alcohol is illegal? The simple truth of the matter is you hardly ever hear of anyone smoking a joint then crashing their vehicle and killing some innocent person like we see on a daily basis from legal alcohol consumption. Time to wake up America and stop the waste, time to change the stupid laws and start keeping the violent criminals where they belong, in prison or dead. I for one would support the marijuana laws in Florida to one similar to Colorado’s Amendment 64, not because I want to smoke the stuff or anything else for that fact but because it is the right thing to do.

KingM - 7/31/2013 7:41 AM
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I use it everyday to control my gastroparesis, I spent just over 70 days in the hospital in one year due to gastroparesis, since I have been using this it has helped with my vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain, its not a cure and sometimes I still get sick but it does help relieve a lot of the major difficulties associated with this illness and my hospital stays have only been about 15% of what it used to be since I have started using this, It needs to be legalized for medical use, I have tried every kind of prescribed drug available and nothing relieves the symptoms very well and when they did work it wasn't for long since my body got used to taking them, the GI Doctors tell me "You just have to wait for some new drug to come out and there's nothing else we can do for you right now", I even have the gastric pacemaker which is still implanted in me and that didn't work, and also the Botox injections.

wishmistress - 7/31/2013 3:39 AM
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This is for MEDICAL marijuana, not OTC like alcohol and tobacco. Let the people who think it would help them do the deciding. Of course, Dr. Kantor would think it's a bad idea. There would be less people using the almighty prescribed kickback pills.

nmarnier - 7/31/2013 2:01 AM
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Professionally grown, tested and certified cannabis with proper cannabidiol levels have been proven to infact reduce paranoia and increase neurological efficiency. Irregardless, more options need to be brought to the table especially ones that are nontoxic and can be used to treat scores of serious health issues with +70 different delivery methods. Let the markets and patients decide how they want to medicate as long as others liberties aren't being directly affected. #landofthefree #homeofthebrave

Realchange - 7/31/2013 1:06 AM
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I am against legalizing pot. In some people about 5 percent of them that use it regularly they become paranoid and show high anxiety. Additionally it does affect IQ and not in good way. I have seen overseas first hand what happens to countries that legalize it in the late 80's early 90's. It makes the drug problem worse not better. Put it up for vote let the citizens decide. I do think its insane though to be putting people in jail for it. Just fine them heavily if caught with it when it is illegal. Also require heavy community service instead of jail time if they can't pay.

nativejax - 7/30/2013 8:52 PM
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No ONE has ever died of an over dose of just pot. So what if there will be a few pot mills 'popping' up...I would rather have a weed house next door, which is natural, then a meth house. crack house, or pill house. Pot is not dangerous UNLESS you mix it with ANY KIND OF DRUG OR ALCOHOL. When someone breaks the law and has admitted he has done MORE than the weed, CHARGE HIM DOUBLE....because when someone is using pot, they usually do one of three things, 1- they laugh their ass off over the stupidest things, 2- they get the munchies and eat everything in the fridge, or 3- they just talk nonesense, hence the term 'dope'. They basically are harmless, UNLESS THEY MIX IT WITH OTHER DRUGS AND ALCOHOL, but that goes for all drugs and alcohol. NEVER MIX THEM...NEVER
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