The Florida chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has officially endorsed Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment to legalize medical cannabis which is being voted on this November 4th.
“Today is an exciting day for everyone working to pass Amendment 2 this November, especially for patients with debilitating diseases who could potentially benefit from compassionate care,” says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2. “It is welcome news to have earned the support of an organization that has such an incredible history of fighting for the rights of the people.”
“The NAACP has always fought for people’s rights. Amendment 2 is about patients’ rights,” says Adora Obi Nweze, President of the NCAAP’s Florida State Conference, in a press release sent out Wednesday. “We are hopeful that all Floridians will join our organization in supporting the fundamental idea that medical decisions should be made by doctors and their patients, not politicians.”
She continues; “At a time when the African American community is disproportionately impacted by debilitating diseases and conditions such as certain cancers, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, diabetes, and sickle cell anemia, it is vital to ensure that all health care options are on the table… The scientific community has consistently concluded that medicinal marijuana can improve the quality of life of certain sick and suffering individuals.
We will work to pass Amendment 2 because far too many patients are suffering needlessly. Supporting medical marijuana is simply the right thing to do”.