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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 2013-08-24 15:01:08 -0400 · Flag
Greg – I stand with you 100%. I support this because of a decision made by a Publix Druggist to change my brand of anti-depressants. I went from a productive, well-responding patient to a person who has chronic problems also with pain as well as mood. Thank you for being so upfront about your life. I’m hoping that the Florida law will include patients with chronic mental illness. I have not yet seen any information on this. If I am talking to anyone other than the moderator, I will address that person by name.
commented 2013-08-24 13:16:22 -0400 · Flag
Greg I agree, Marfans yes, a friend of mine has this..have you found anything cannabis wise to control your pain?..flower does not do it for him..any medibles you can recommend for this patient?
commented 2013-08-24 13:11:16 -0400 · Flag
If the troll reference is for me, then simply stop responding to my original comment..
commented 2013-08-24 13:07:00 -0400 · Flag
A gmail account does not information make, unless you set it up that for patents, FED holds all and has for quite sometime..just google cannabis patents.
commented 2013-08-24 13:03:39 -0400 · Flag
Greg Golden is spot on. It will stay slightly to very illegal until the drug companies can make it into pills that you will pay through the nose for. What a pity, if we were a society of souls instead of sheeple, we wouldn’t stand for this.
commented 2013-08-24 13:01:40 -0400 · Flag
Low……….what do I see? trolls taking up valuable time by arguing if Gov. (P)rick Scott can dance on the head of a pin. No one who was truly afraid of law enforcement would venture near this website, let alone comment. Law enforcement shows up and tears my house apart to find two old farts and prescription meds because I’m for this cause — I’ll be on MSNBC so fast everyone’s head will spin…. Oh, I’ll also mention that “stand your ground” is a bad idea……
commented 2013-08-24 12:27:41 -0400 · Flag
Just commenting here places your email on a list so they already know how you are. It’s one of those things, do I stand for something (Medial Marijuana) or I don’t. There are so many facts being presented to us about this drugs healing properties and giving a better quality of life, I say the good out weights the bad. Your decision!
commented 2013-08-24 12:07:20 -0400 · Flag
Well, I guess I meant 21 grams..batphone?LOL you’re showing your, no batphone, but we have a thing called computers and it takes NOTHING to take a list and filter by zip code..I DO NOT TRUST Governor Dick Rott one iota!
commented 2013-08-24 12:01:33 -0400 · Flag
Marianne, a couple things: First, 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor in Florida. Secondly, nobody is publishing a list of who signed the petition and even if they did, so what? Seriously, maybe this isn’t the cause for you if it causes you that much stress. I have not heard, seen or read about anybody getting hassled for signing this petition and we have one of the most well known attorneys supporting it and he is not hesitant. I don’t think Tallahassee has a batphone to any of the local authorities telling them who supports legalization of medical cannabis.
commented 2013-08-24 11:44:39 -0400 · Flag
Well considering our laws here in Florida are the MOST draconian in the nation..20 grams is a felony..I don’t need for Tallahasse to give the local boys any heads up, thank you very you see what Tallahassee did in our last election? We had ONE voting booth at my precinct and had to drive to downtown Ft. Lauderdale to Supervisor of Elections in order to turn in my vote..when you have leadership at the helm that would turn to voter suppression..I think twice about what I do in this state..
commented 2013-08-24 11:35:42 -0400 · Flag
Marianne- Don’t sign it then. While I understand your paranoia is real, think about the bigger picture. We barely have the police force to combat violent crime. Do you honestly think the police are keeping a list of who signs the petition? Seriously R E L A X!
commented 2013-08-24 11:24:02 -0400 · Flag
Greg, I’m hesitant because it’s all my personal info on a petition that Tallahassee will have access to, kind of like a huge neon sign pointing to my home..additionally when I signed up to make this comment, I thought it would be under my user name and here you have my name..I don’t like that and wish I can delete my post..
commented 2013-08-24 10:19:11 -0400 · Flag
Marianne, kindly share your concern about how it will be used. By signing the petition, it only means that you support this issue being on the 2014 Ballot. You aren’t saying you support medical marijuana or are against it. You aren’t voting on it here. It’s merely a “petition” to the state of Florida saying it’s an important issue.
commented 2013-08-24 09:43:58 -0400 · Flag
I would like to sign the petition however am concerned that the information will be used in a negative manner..
commented 2013-08-19 13:22:32 -0400 · Flag
yes iunderstand about what ur saying,i did NOT IN ANY WAY say that i would not support the issue just bcause theres no home cultivating i said least lets get r foot in the door,im still 4 it,just that i cannot afford it so it isnt gonna help me much,but still support 100%.i dont no if i wrote my thoughts wrong or u just msunderstood me,but please b4 u post things on me ask.peace,love,decrimilization/medical legilization.superskunk
commented 2013-08-18 14:24:41 -0400 · Flag
First, and seriously, Joel – I appreciated the time and excellent answer you gave on the subject of “grow your own”. I am hoping now for some clarification on Marijuana for mental illness. I did post my story, so I won’t go over the details. It has been shown to significantly help PTSD and anxiety disorders. I understand that it is different strains that help with depression and anxiety. I just hope that these conditions are being considered for inclusion. While someone with mental illness may not appear to be in pain, I can tell you either anxiety or depression is agonizing – both mentally AND physically – causing weakness and muscular pain. Fibromyalgia must also be put on the list of illnesses that medical marijuana eases the symptoms.
commented 2013-08-17 14:57:24 -0400 · Flag
I was given no choice by my insurance company but to take a generic anti-depressant (they did not contact my doctor). After taking the pill for a week, a was psychotic, paranoid, and had hand tremors. That was 3 years ago, and my health is in the same sad condition, Medical Marijuana is basically my final hope to regain my life. It is showing promise for PTSD and anxiety disorders, however, the proposed law does not cover any mental health issues or benefits. Once again, people are treated like second class citizen and told to go hide in the dark corners instead of being helped.
commented 2013-07-24 00:44:28 -0400 · Flag
I heard 200,000 mentioned; however, to the best of my knowledge we need close to 700,000 valid signatures to get it on the ballot. The 200,000 number was used as another indicator.
commented 2013-07-22 12:36:46 -0400 · Flag
Good Afternoon,
I was on the conference call Saturday and maybe I heard something in error. I know we need 700K to 1 million signatures, but did I hear that 200,000 signatures would get it on the ballot? If someone knows the answer to this, could you respond? Thank you.
commented 2013-07-20 13:40:35 -0400 · Flag
Educate yourself about this wonderful plant …
commented 2013-07-19 11:22:44 -0400 · Flag
that really stinks,still got to start somewhere,boy that really hurts,once again i fall through the cracks.britt r u positive,you read the bill or what not.dam,please people my med bills r enormous already if i cannot grow my own im in the dark.please put a clause in this for poor people so that we could cuiltivate 8 plants shoot 6 would b fine hell get where im goin.britt is this official,no cultivation allowed.peace.superskunk
commented 2013-07-19 10:58:34 -0400 · Flag
Yes that is indeed what they r going to do. We will still have to pay high prices and have limited choice on strain.
commented 2013-07-19 02:34:43 -0400 · Flag
joel i hear what ur saying,i still am 4 it.but what about people like me who have huge medical bills no insurance,i cannot afford to py that much.especially when i can grow my own/i would still vote 4 it no doubt.get in the door.but would it b like always i fall through the cracks because im not broke enough 2 recieve any aid almost 2 broke 2 survive.please tell me if thats the case,r fla patients going to b able to grow r own.ty vm superskunk
commented 2013-07-19 02:24:43 -0400 · Flag
britt i no its not exp to but i want to no is this new law in tampa tribune saying something on patients not being alowed to cultivate we would have to go to a dispensary or this true?anyone.please.ty vm,superskunk
commented 2013-07-19 00:07:36 -0400 · Flag
U can grow hour own for around .80/ gram At any depensary u r going to pay $7 to $15 per gram.
When u r sick and can’t work it is much more cost effective to grow your own. Most especially if u injest instead of smoke.u would grow broke paying dispensary p:rices.
commented 2013-07-18 21:42:42 -0400 · Flag
commented 2013-07-18 08:26:08 -0400 · Flag
i would like to see more information regarding the “myths” surrounding cannibas use. a myth such as “it is a gateway drug” that it is “addicative”, etc. how about listing various studies done by various scientific studies, like the long term study from cedar senai and Unv. Al concerning long use of cannibas and the risks for lung cancer and so many more.
commented 2013-07-12 14:00:53 -0400 · Flag
I just received an email from FLCAN.ORG indicating the green light for the Petition yesterday 7/11 by the Secretary of Elections. Signature must be of registered voters who have voted within the last 4 years. If has this information, when are we going to hear something from United for Care about the Petition? Will United for Care work with other organizations like FLCAN to try to meet the goal of 1,000,000 registered to vote signatures before the deadline of Feb. 1, 2014?
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