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Medical marijuana supporters hold day of action

The group has until Feb. 1 to come up with nearly 700,000 signatures. (United For Care)
The group has until Feb. 1 to come up with nearly 700,000 signatures. (United For Care)
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Updated: 12/14/2013 12:07 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Hundreds of medical marijuana supporters gathered across the state Saturday for what they called a day of action.

Volunteers collected petitions from residents who wish to see the debate on marijuana's usage reach the November ballot. 

The group has until Feb. 1 to gather about 700,000 signatures from Floridians wishing to see the issue come to a vote.

The Florida Supreme Court is looking into the legality of the proposed wording that would be on the ballot. Some, including State Attorney General Pam Bondi, allege the proposed ballot language  is too broad.

People United For Medical Marijuana said opponents are twisting the truth and preventing the sick from legally obtaining help.

The Supreme Court hasn't indicated when it will rule on the language.

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raerae007 - 12/16/2013 2:25 PM
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Yeah, it's true that people will use it for recreational use. I just don't see how that's a bad thing. Anyone who's actually done their research knows that marijuana is less toxic than regular cigarettes and even booze. The only ways it can harm you long term is 1. If you smoke it (though that's how it's usually taken there are other ways) or 2. If you start while your brain is still developing (in your teens or before).

knowa - 12/14/2013 5:55 PM
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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.

knowa - 12/14/2013 5:35 PM
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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.

Realchange - 12/14/2013 3:14 PM
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All these people that claim it works for some medical conditions might be right. The REAL PROBLEM with this once the door is opened for medical reasons it becomes impossible to enforce or prevent it for recreational use. Remember seeing an episode on TV 8 years ago where a state had it legalized for medical only. Guy was asked by the judge what is your medical condition allowings so much use? Back pain with un documented injury.... You can expect a flood of those kind prescriptions when it goes legal. Countries overseas that did legalize pot did not see the downward spiral of hard drugs they thought they would by legalization though their coffers did swell by taxing it heavily.

knowa - 12/14/2013 2:58 PM
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