Florida Lawmakers Approve Bill to Butcher Medical Cannabis Law Approved by Voters

A Florida House committee has overwhelmingly passed a measure that would drastically alter a medical cannabis law approved by voters last year.

The House Health Quality Subcommittee passed House Bill 1397 yesterday with a 14 to 1 vote. The measure, sponsored by House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, would prohibit the smoking of medical cannabis and cannabis products and would ban edibles entirely. In addition, it would prohibit patients from vaping unless they are terminally ill. This would leave patients to rely on other methods of consumption such as topicals and pills.

This would be a drastic change to Amendment 2, the initiative that legalized medical cannabis in the state; it was approved by voters in November with 71% in favor. The constitutional amendment allows those with a recommendation from a physician to possess and use medical cannabis, and to purchase it from a licensed dispensary.

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Florida Legalizes Medical Cannabis

Florida legalizes medical cannabis through the passage of Amendment 2

florida legalizesFlorida Voters have given overwhelming approval to Amendment 2. Once in effect, the constitutional amendment will legalize cannabis as a medicine, including a system of dispensaries.

With the passage of Amendment 2, Florida has become the first state in the South to full legalize medical cannabis. The law allows those with a physician recommendation to possess and use cannabis for medical purposes. The initiative establishes a system of regulated dispensaries, usable by any qualified patient.

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National Epilepsy Foundation Endorses Florida’s Amendment 2 to Legalize Medical Cannabis

National Epilepsy FoundationThe National Epilepsy Foundation and the Epilepsy Foundation of of Florida (EFF) has officially endorsed Florida’s Amendment 2, which would legalize medical cannabis and is up for a vote next month.

“Important medical decisions, such as treatments and medications, should be made by licensed physicians who know their patients best”, says Karen Basha Egozi, chief executive officer at EFF. “That’s why the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, along with the national Epilepsy Foundation, supports Amendment 2.”

Egozi continues; “Florida’s epilepsy patients should have available whatever treatment options their doctors recommend, including medical marijuana”.

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Donor Announces 5-to-1 Match for All Donations to Florida’s Medical Cannabis Initiative

floridamedcanBarbara Stiefel, a medical cannabis supporter in Florida, has given a massive boost of adrenaline to the campaign behind Amendment 2 to legalize medical cannabis, which is up for a vote next month. Stiefel has agreed to match all donations between now and election day 5-to-1. This means that if another donor makes a $1,000 contribution, Stiefel will immediately put in $5,000 of her own money. If a separate donor makes a contribution of $10,000, she’ll put in $50,000, and so on.

“As you may have read.. Sheldon Adelson dropped another $500,000 against us”, says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2. “However—thanks to the generosity of a major supporter of Amendment 2, Barbara Stiefel, we now have a way to close the gap quickly.

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Here are All 9 Statewide Cannabis Initiatives Up for a Vote this November

Cannabis Legalization InitiativesAs you’ve probably heard by now, there are nine cannabis legalization initiatives up for a vote this November; five that would legalize cannabis for all uses – for those 21 and older – and four that would legalize cannabis for medical purposes. Below is a link to the full text of these initiative’s, for those wanting to know the full details of each proposal.

Recreational Cannabis Initiatives:

    • Nevada: For the full text of Question 2 click here.
    • California: For the full text of Proposition 64 click here.
    • Maine: For the full text of Question 1, click here.
    • Massachusetts: For the full text of Question 4, click here.
    • Arizona: For the full text of Proposition 205, click here.

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    Poll: 77% of Florida Voters Support Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis

    floridaNew polling conducted by Anzalone Liszt Research has found that a vast majority of voters in Florida support Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis which will be voted on this November 8th.

    According to the poll, 77% of Florida voters sat that they support Amendment 2 with just 20% opposed. Only 3% of voters remain undecided.

    “Voter support for medical marijuana in Florida is stronger than ever”, says Kevin Akins, one of the poll’s authors. “A broad and diverse coalition of voters across age, racial, and gender lines support Amendment 2 by a winning margin.”

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    Florida: Enough Signatures Collected to Put Medical Cannabis Legalization to a Vote

    medical cannabis legalizationUnited for Care, a nonprofit organization working to place a medical cannabis legalization initiative on the 2016 general election ballot, has collected enough signatures to do just that, says the groups founder John Morgan.

    In total, the group has collected 900,000 signatures, well more than the 683,149 needed to put the initiative to a vote of the people. However, considering that some of the signatures may not be valid, the group is continuing to collect signatures until they reach their goal of 1 million.

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    Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative Falls Short, Advocates Will Try Again

    In a heartbreaking defeat that will only serve as fuel for future efforts, Florida imageAmendment 2 has failed at the ballot. Although the initiative garnered over 55% of the vote, it didn’t reach the 60% required for it to be passed into law, given it’s a constitutional amendment.

    John Morgan, founder of United for Care, the organization behind Amendment 2, says he’ll absolutely try again, with the group likely aiming to put a similar initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot.

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    Just Three Days Until 2014 Election

    In just three days, on Tuesday, Novemberelection 4th, the 2014 general election will be upon us. In this election, numerous states and localities will be voting on initiatives to reform their cannabis policies. Polling shows that most of these measures are incredibly close, further emphasizing the need for cannabis advocates to VOTE!

    Here’s a brief breakdown of the proposals being voted on this Tuesday.

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    Poll: 62% of Florida Voters Have Already Voted or Will Vote in Favor of Amendment 2

    A new poll conducted by the research firm Anzalone Liszt Groveyeson2 has found that 62% of Florida voters have either already voted in favor of Amendment 2 (early voting began last week), or they plan to do so. According to the survey, only 35% plan to vote against the proposal, with just 3% being undecided.

    Amendment 2, put forth by the organization United for Care, would legalize medical cannabis in Florida by making it a constitutional right. If approved into law, those who receive a recommendation from a physician would be authorized to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and dispensaries would allowed as a means of patients obtaining safe access to the medicine.

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