PRESS: Amendment 2 Receives SEIU Florida Endorsement; 30,000 Nurses, Doctors and Healthcare Workers Endorse Medical Marijuana

Today the Service Employees International Union of Florida proudly announced its endorsement of United for Care and the Yes on 2 Campaign advocating for passage of Florida Amendment 2. The measure, which would legalize the medical use of marijuana in the State, will appear on the ballot on November 4, 2014.

SEIU Florida represents over 55,000 active and retired healthcare professionals, public employees, and property service workers in the state. They provide crucial public services in hospitals, nursing homes, public schools, community colleges, municipal and county government, malls, and universities across the state.

“This is a very important day for our campaign and for all of those fighting for passage of Amendment 2,” said Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care. “To have earned the endorsement of the union representing the largest number of healthcare workers in the State is particularly rewarding. We will proudly fight alongside them to secure the right of doctors and patients with debilitating conditions to make medical decisions without having to live like criminals.”

Martha Baker, RN, Vice President of the SEIU Florida State Council, expressed her support for both United for Care and Amendment 2.

“Amendment 2 is about compassion for patients suffering from debilitating conditions, and that is something our members are proud to stand behind,” said Baker. “Seriously ill patients should not have to expose themselves to prosecution for seeking to obtain the medicine they need to relieve their symptoms, and no physician should have to put their freedom or their license at risk for recommending the use of that medicine.”

Denise Glass, RN, a nurse in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami with a career spanning 23 years, also believes the decision to endorse Amendment 2 represents a major step forward for patients’ rights in Florida.

“Expanding the medical options available to patients will positively affect their lives,” said Glass. “Too many people are suffering needlessly because they don’t have legal access to a substance that can alleviate their severe symptoms and offer them a better quality of life. Voting “yes” on Amendment 2 is the right thing to do.”

Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging voters to vote "yes" on Amendment 2. United for care is a non-partisan campaign with an on-the-ground presence in 18 communities across the state including campaign offices in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Ben Pollara, please call Maurizio Passariello at (786) 629-5732 or email him at

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