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Medical marijuana decision up to court

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Updated: 12/05/2013 8:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- People are still pushing to get petitions signed to have legalizing medical marijuana on the ballot next year.

Theordise Daniels signed the petition Thursday to put the legalization of medical marijuana on the ballot next year.

"I think it should (be legal) because it could help the economy if they tax it properly," said Daniels.

The decision is now up to the Florida Supreme Court after hearing from both sides Thursday morning. Attorney General Pam Bondi's office argued allowing medical marijuana would go beyond what voters would be led to believe.

The office argued the ballot summary says medical marijuana would be used for debilitating diseases, but the full language of the amendment allows it to be used for debilitating conditions.

Supporters say voters aren't being misled and that medical marijuana could be used for certain medical conditions.

While other states have legalized the drug for medicinal use, Dr. Joe Spillane, with UF Health said there's something else to consider.

"There are certainly alternatives, in fact alternatives. In fact, there's an alternate for marijuana," said Spillane.

They're alternatives that Spillane said could help patients too. He says the bigger problem is the actual process it's going through right now.

"I think it should go through the same process as every other drug," said Dr. Spillane.

That would mean testing and Food and Drug Administration approval.

A local attorney tells Action News there is another problem already popping up in states that legalized the drug.

"Trying to do that does not mean legalizing it for recreational purposes," said Chris Carson.

Carson says that's where lawmakers are going to play a key role.

"They have to keep a tight track on how much is grown and where it's going," said Carson.

Right now, the state Supreme Court has not made a decision. If approved, it would go on the ballot for a vote next November.

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Von Halford - 12/5/2013 11:21 PM
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Now let me get this straight. This "Dr." you interviewed for input on Marijuana, is a Doctor in History? From the UF website for their Department of History: Associate Professor Joseph F. Spillane received his Ph.D. in 1994 in History from Carnegie Mellon University, his M.A. in 1989 from Carnegie Mellon University and his B.A. in 1988 from Gettysburg College. He joined University of Florida Department of History in 1995 after teaching at Indiana University-Bloomington. He has published Cocaine: From Medical Marvel to Modern Menace in the United States (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), co-authored A History of Modern Criminal Justice (Sage, 2013), and co-edited Federal Drug Control: The Evolution of Policy and Practice (Haworth Press, 2004) and Prison Work: A Tale of Thirty Years in the California Department of Corrections (Ohio State University Press, 2005). His latest monograph, Liberalism Behind Bars: The Life and Death of Prison Reform in New York, will appear in 2014 from the Johns Hopkins University Press. Recent articles have appeared in the Journal of Drug Issues, Contemporary Justice Review, Punishment & Society, and Amsterdam Law Forum. Recent courses include: Illicit Enterprise; History and Public Policy; U.S. Since 1945; U.S. World War One to World War Two; History of Corrections; Drugs, Crime and Policy (graduate); and Modern America (graduate). So you asked a guy who writes entries on Criminal Justice and dangerous scheduled drugs to explain why he thinks Marijuana shouldn't be legalized, even after all the evidence shows it will help lower the stress on the failed "War on Drugs" (He HAS to know this if he's done SO much research on the topic) and all he can utter is "There are certainly alternatives, in fact alternatives. In fact, there's an alternate for marijuana" What does that even mean? And then he goes on the same FDA testing spiel, the same people who just legalized a SUPER Vicodin. Marijuana should be LEGAL, period, Recreational

Von Halford - 12/5/2013 11:17 PM
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Of course they are still pushing, it's common sense to legalize a harmless herb that can greatly improve the quality of life in many.

knowa - 12/5/2013 7:45 PM
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Let Florida Vote

knowa - 12/5/2013 7:45 PM
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What really get me is that none of this would be necessary if it were not for the fraud of scheduling Cannabis in the first place. CNN On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words: "Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue." Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier

angels072258 - 12/5/2013 7:00 PM
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How will they function if they smoke that? Personally I can't stand the smell. Cigars and cigarettes are bad enough. People find a way to buy the stuff now and its not legal. It may get in the wrong hands with young kids. If its supposed to help with certain diseases,how will it affect their lungs?

whosaysnocan - 12/5/2013 6:37 PM
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Not all debilitating causes are "diseases." There are "conditions" that marijuana could bring a person a better quality of life. Yes, there will be some that will seek it for recreational use. As I posted on this subject, if I could get marijuana vice that of what is legally available, my quality of life would be much better. Those opposing this will not accept the truth that is contrary to what they are lead to believe about what life is like for many of us that the only choice we have is the poison currently prescribed. Of course the biggest fear these people have over this item on the ballot is losing their hold on this state. They fear the voter turn out will push them out! It is insulting how these people keep trying to demonized this by skewing the facts to further their agenda.
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