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Facts about medical marijuana:

  • 7 out of 10 voters surveyed across all parties support Medical Marijuana in Florida.

  • Many patients and their doctors find marijuana a useful medicine as part of the treatment for AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, dystonia, and other ailments. Yet Florida laws treat all patients currently using medical marijuana as criminals. Doctors are presently allowed to prescribe cocaine and morphine — but not marijuana.

  • Supporters of Medical Marijuana include: The American College of Physicians , Institute of Medicine, American Public Health Association, American Nurses Association, American Academy of HIV Medicine, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lymphoma Foundation of America, American Medical Student Association, and the state medical societies of New York, Rhode Island, and California.

  • A few of the many editorial boards that have endorsed medical access to marijuana include: Miami Herald, Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Orange County Register, USA Today, Baltimore’s Sun, and The Los Angeles Times.

  • Since 1996, a majority of voters in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington state have voted in favor of ballot initiatives to remove criminal penalties for seriously ill people who grow or possess medical marijuana.

  • The American Medical Association  believes that “effective patient care requires the free and unfettered exchange of information on treatment alternatives and that discussion of these alternatives between physicians and patients should not subject either party to criminal sanctions.”

Marijuana is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known. No one has ever died from an overdose, and it has a wide variety of therapeutic applications, including:

  • Relief from nausea and appetite loss;

  • Reduction of intraocular (within the eye) pressure;
  • Reduction of muscle spasms; and

  • Relief from chronic pain.

Marijuana is frequently beneficial in the treatment of the following conditions:

AIDS. Marijuana can reduce the nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite caused by the ailment itself and by various AIDS medications. Observational research has found that by relieving these side effects, medical marijuana increases the ability of patients to stay on life-extending treatment. (See also CHRONIC PAIN below.)

HEPATITIS C. As with AIDS, marijuana can relieve the nausea and vomiting caused by treatments for hepatitis C. In a study published in the September 2006 European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, patients using marijuana were better able to complete their medication regimens, leading to a 300% improvement in treatment success.

GLAUCOMA. Marijuana can reduce intraocular pressure, alleviating the pain and slowing—and sometimes stopping — damage to the eyes. (Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in the United States. It damages vision by increasing eye pressure over time.)

CANCER. Marijuana can stimulate the appetite and alleviate nausea and vomiting, which are common side effects of chemotherapy treatment.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS: Marijuana can limit the muscle pain and spasticity caused by the disease, as well as relieving tremor and unsteadiness of gait. (Multiple sclerosis is the leading cause of neurological disability among young and middle-aged adults in the United States.)

EPILEPSY: Marijuana can prevent epileptic seizures in some patients.

Marijuana can alleviate chronic, often debilitating pain caused by myriad disorders.

INJURIES: Since 2007, three published clinical trials have found that marijuana effectively relieves neuropathic pain.

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commented 2014-02-07 13:01:45 -0500 · Flag
I will be opening a dispensary in Jacksonville beach have law makers said anything about obtaining product once the law is passed or will it be like dc where u have to buy from police evidence lockers
commented 2014-01-27 21:21:24 -0500 · Flag
Once this passes i hope to provide residents in the east orlando side to know i already have invested on medicinal marijuana to provide for sufferers.and will be investing in the charlottes web strain.
commented 2014-01-26 23:17:58 -0500 · Flag
Jaque are you so naive to think that if all we wanted to do was smoke Cannabis we wouldn’t already be doing it? This is about freedom of choice and liberties. I bet if the shoe was on the other foot and you could get relief from a harmless plant instead of taking fists full of pills you would be singing a different tune.

Patriot indeed.
commented 2014-01-17 21:48:04 -0500 · Flag
I am epileptic and have used Marijuana as a med for years anytime I try to quit I start having seizures I do take priscription pills still and have had two brain surgerys but the older I get the less it works because of the strains that is why we need this law to pass I pray it will especaly the kids if that is all they do I will be happy God bless all
commented 2014-01-16 08:23:34 -0500 · Flag
I have suffered from migraines since age 2. I’ve been through every test and drug known to physicians since I was 15, including shots, pills, biofeedback, chiropractor, neurologist, you name it. I started smoking weed when I was 18 and joined NORML in 1972. I can manage a migraine better through taking 2 hits off a joint than ANYTHING doctors have ever given me. It not only eases the pain (to be honest, nothing stops them except sleep), it stops the nausea and allows me to continue working. My neurologist is excited he may be able to legal prescribe weed to me in the near future!
commented 2013-12-13 09:08:01 -0500 · Flag
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commented 2013-12-06 11:29:21 -0500 · Flag
I think Big Pharma also has a stake in this. Back in 1937 the AMA was not in favor of outlawing cannabis, as it was the second most widely prescribed medicine at the time. The term marijuana was not known at the time to be the same thing as cannabis, and the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 deliberately used the term marijuana to get around the public which would not have been in favor of outlawing cannabis.
commented 2013-12-06 07:05:30 -0500 · Flag
Although Dr. Ronald P. Drucker in his book “The Code of Life” does not mention cannabis, his message about natural foods and the role phytonutrients play at the cell level give credence to the fact that natural is better than pharma. This book explains why a natural medicine such as cannabis is superior to the pharmaceuticals cooked up by the pharmaceutical companies.
commented 2013-11-06 04:17:57 -0500 · Flag
The science of cannabinoids and the research into the medicinal benefits of marijuana.
commented 2013-11-05 19:39:49 -0500 · Flag
Please sign my on line petition to get the president to change the status of marijuana from a schedule 1 substance to schedule 2 so research can progress unhindered by the DEA!
commented 2013-11-04 15:51:21 -0500 · Flag
The National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute is finally waking up and getting on board. Review what they have published on their website about the topic, and The Comprehensive Report on the Cannabis Extract Movement and the Use of Cannabis Extracts to Treat Disease.
The report is available on for your Kindle $1.99, or available in PDF format from a number of websites.
commented 2013-10-31 16:13:06 -0400 · Flag
Its a fact that mmj works well as medicine for many ailments. OK now we no that. The next step as the people of Florida we have to understand how the laws work where people can have medicine readily available. We should be shooting for the same laws as Colorado or California. People need this medicine but without the growers there is none. That’s why we need to be informed of how these laws work.
commented 2013-10-31 16:08:40 -0400 · Flag
Its a fact that mmj works well as medicine for many ailments. OK now we no that. The next step as the people of Florida we have to understand how the laws work where people can have medicine readily available. We should be shooting for the same laws as Colorado or California. People need this medicine but without the growers there is none. That’s why we need to be informed of how these laws work.
commented 2013-10-31 16:01:10 -0400 · Flag
We need to be better informed on how this works. No body gets meds unless the plant grows. We need to have focus on patients as well as growers who make our medicine.
commented 2013-10-24 11:08:30 -0400 · Flag
A couple of seemingly over looked facts. Our “government for the people by the people” has had
scientific facts sincs 1974 that cannabis dramaticall slows the growth of certain types of cancer
cells. Don’t believe me? simply go
marijuana-protects-against-cancer. Secondly if as a state we followed Colorado’s lead the Impact
on Florida’s tourist industry would almost immeasurable! The sad fact is that the enforcement of
these archaic cannabis laws has become an industry unto itself whenyouconsider not only the
fines but the mandatory court counseling. Why not direct our money, resources & time toward the real drug killers & destroyers of youth and families in America.Starting with Meth, Cocaine, Opiates (now the #1 killer of youth). Not to mention the old Family destroyer Liquor, the root cause of most Domestic Abuse.
commented 2013-10-22 00:50:06 -0400 · Flag
I am caught in a vicious circle of medicines that are caustic….the medicine i was prescribed due to a head injury and ptsd has caused type 2 diabetes which has caused weight gain , additional stress and anxiety , difficulty breathing that exaserbates the copd that I have been also diagnosed with and most recently have been sent to a neurosurgeon for further back surgery. the legal medications while giving some relief are full of side effects that are slowly debilitating me an compromising my health and well being..they are causing further illness, severe illnesses at that…my body is out of control on these meds.My pulmonologist says that if i continue on this path i will be dead within 5 years…I HAVE to do something. I have also witness my mothers suffering with cancer, my sisters suffering with fibromialgia, my nieces suffering with chronic back pain,loved ones self medication of the legal drugs that are supposed to help these issues….friends suffering from parkinsons..all issues that are addressed with fda approved fresh cannabis juice made from fresh leaves and buds..not to be smoked or heated as in baking.I believe this may be the answer that I am looking certainly can’t be any more harmful than what I am taking now…and it may actually help….
commented 2013-10-20 14:41:44 -0400 · Flag
*I don’t mean “the worst” as in relation to other conditions. Just a phrase. Sorry.
commented 2013-10-20 14:34:52 -0400 · Flag
Thank you for saying that Jennifer! Fibromyalgia (which I have) is the worst because it’s ‘invisible’. Even if you find a doctor that believes you, rules out everything else and finally diagnoses it, heaven forbid you have anything else. I finally have found a counselor that believes I have ADD/ADHD and have had it since childhood. FINALLY, it’s not being a ‘dumb blond’ or just ‘fibro fog’. I hate trying to get overlapping conditions diagnosed. It was hell when I tried to get my shingles taken care of.
commented 2013-10-10 15:09:23 -0400 · Flag
I was a grower in California and provided medicine for four different dispensaries in the Sacramento area. It was a joy to see sick people help from my products. My son was on sleeping pills and took them everyday. I introduced him to a product called blue dream. He now take three puffs before bed and goes to sleep. No more pills. I would love to see it in Florida there are so many it could help including me.
commented 2013-10-10 13:07:52 -0400 · Flag
This is what Florida needs. Cannabis was put on this earth by God and is natural and safe to use. Laws prohibiting use and growing it ourselves at home is depriving our right as a people to freely use our civil rights. I don’t know why government tries so hard to oppose something that is not only beneficial for health and treatment for diseases, but it will also eliminate “crime” of having possession of marijuana and have police focus on people doing real crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, and theft, AND if the government really needed the money, they could just tax it. FDA approves a lot of dangerous prescription drugs that do more harm than good, but marijuana is natural and safe. That’s why it should be legalized so that we, the people, can reap the benefits. It seems like a no brainer but I guess the government prefers to stay ignorant and deprive people from getting better and seeing relief to their pain. Besides that, it’s calming and puts a smile on your face.
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commented 2013-09-13 11:56:03 -0400 · Flag
David: The real fight we face is if big pharma (who holds patents for some of the synthesized compounds from MJ) are allowed to bring them to market as pills and sell them at a ridiculous price to people that could grow their own medicine. If one truly makes a study of the pharmaceutical business in the US and see how they treat us, it is appalling. Currently, big insurance is hand in hand with the drug companies because they also make money on the pills that are pushed at us. Most people are not interested, because they think the pills they get each month are cheap because they are on generics. Dosage can be +/- 20% the recommended dosage depending on the manufacture, and most people don’t get the same manufacture every month. This has a huge impact on health, but no one is aware of it. I am, because prescription generics from different manufacturers ruined my health.
commented 2013-09-13 10:42:48 -0400 · Flag
We’re with you Erika. Thanks for pass the info along.
commented 2013-09-13 07:30:48 -0400 · Flag
I signed it. Not only for myself, suffering from fibromyalgia, migraines, depression (not attached to the fibro) but for my cousin’s son who has Congenital muscular dystrophy. He has been put on 9 medications in the past 4 years, all of which not only fail, but make him worse off. I live near FWB, and moved here only recently so I wasn’t even aware of this petition. My cousin, her mother and the rest of her family all live in Tampa. I’m glad I could help out and I will continue to pass this along. More people need to help with this fight. Even my VA doctor told me in not so many words “I didn’t say this…but marijuana would be a lifesaver for your fibro. But you didn’t hear that from me”.
commented 2013-08-30 13:33:30 -0400 · Flag
(The chlorophyl factor makes it herbal in an herbal way, while its ability to grow in many climates gives it marketability.) REGULATE, SYNTHESIZE, hoorah:_)
commented 2013-08-26 11:37:23 -0400 · Flag
The European Neuropsychopharmacology Journal has also published a study, confirming the positive effects of THC on negative stimuli and depression, according to a report in the Daily Mail. The Mail reports the study’s argument that marijuana may now be touted as a cure for depression and a variety of other mental ailments.

With marijuana-derivative treatments being prescribed for a variety of cancer treatments, pain killers and depression, will there be such a heavy need in the future for what we know as conventional drugs? What lies ahead for the future of the pharmaceutical companies? Will they be joining the gravy train? Of course, they hold patents – and you think pot is expensive now…..
commented 2013-08-24 16:24:30 -0400 · Flag
That’s great. I keep pushing this issue on a daily basis. That’s about all we can do. Let’s hope the Supreme Court review goes well.
commented 2013-08-24 16:08:53 -0400 · Flag
I’m in Brevard. I’ve signed the petition. I’ve forwarded online signatures to many on my mailing list.
commented 2013-08-24 16:01:13 -0400 · Flag

In which county do you reside?

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