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Pam Bondi: Republican Attorney General Could Kill Marijuana Legalization In Florida

Pam Bondi: Republican Attorney General Could Kill Marijuana Legalization In Florida

Pam Bondi may be all that stands between Florida residents and their medical marijuana, but the Republican attorney general could be enough to stop the legalization proposal in its tracks.

Bondi is trying to stop a proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida, sending a petition to the Florida Supreme Court that outlines several challenges to ballot language and petitions. If the measure were to go through, Florida voters would be able to determine if medial marijuana would be legal, as it now is in a growing number of states.

The ballot measure was filed by People United for Medical Marijuana, a group led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan. Pam Bondi said the proposed ballot measure if misleading, and that even if the initiative were to pass it would still leave marijuana illegal under federal law

“It’s true scope and effect remain hidden,” Bondi argued in her petition to the court.

The petition is landing Bondi in hot water with her political opponents. United for Care, an organization running a statewide campaign to generate support for marijuana legalization, slammed her in a recent statement:

“It is not surprising that out of touch Tallahassee politicians like Pam Bondi continue to oppose compassionate health care policy in Florida. Just as politicians in the Florida Legislature refused to even give medical marijuana a hearing in the 2013 session, AG Bondi wants to deny Floridians the opportunity to even vote on this issue – despite numerous polls showing that an overwhelming majority of the state is supportive of the issue.”

Bondi has not been afraid to step into touchy debates. This summer she aired concerns about the implementation of Obamacare, saying guidelines for enrollment navigators were not stringent enough and could lead to fraud.

If Pam Bondi continues to stand against marijuana legalization, she could find herself with a shrinking group of supporters. A recent poll found that 58 percent of Americans now support legalizing marijuana, an all time high.

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2 Responses to “Pam Bondi: Republican Attorney General Could Kill Marijuana Legalization In Florida”

  1. Kathy Legislative Coordinator

    The smartest thing this state could possibly do is pass legislation for medical use in the next legislative session. The Bill introduced last year was the best compared to other states except it needed to allow more plants per patient for those who juice it fresh and raw (no high just pure healthy medicine), eat if fresh and cook with it. Cancer patients needing the oil would need more plants also.

    Science has since discovered the endocannabinoid system. As Raphael Mechoulem, the man who originally discovered THC in 1964 and has been studying cannabis ever since, whose team discovered the endocannabinoid system in 1987, states, "There is barely a biological or physiological system in our bodies in which the endocannabinoids do not participate".

    The ECS (endocannabinoid system) is a modulator of physiological functions not only in the central nervous system but also in the autonomic nervous system, the endocrine network, the immune system, the gastrointestinal tract, the reproductive system, in microcirculation, and most important the cytokine network, which is the source of inflammation, the cause of nearly if not all disease.

    By continuing to keep cannabis illegal the government is denying citizens an essential nutrient for health, causing health problems for many people. While we are a capitalist society, to create diseases for an industry to feed on by maintaining an illegal status of a plant that science has proven repeatedly to be a necessity for homeostasis is unacceptable by any government.

    Cannabis is such an awesome antibiotic it can kill methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and disrupt the progression of prion diseases such as Mad Cow and Creutzfeld-Jakob disease. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, currently there is "No FDA-approved treatment for a prion disease.”

    Thousands of deaths each year in the U.S. are caused by MRSA. A recent study shows hemp fabric stops the spread of Staph and MRSA. In light of that, with the Staph and MRSA epidemic in most U.S. Hospitals wouldn't it be wise to use hemp fabric for all hospital bedding, towels, clothing and curtains?

  2. Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    When a loved one is wasting away unable to eat due to Chemotherapy, AIDS Wasting Syndrome, or Multiple Sclerosis, and needs this marvelous herb in order to increase their appetite, reduce the overwhelming pain, and live as as healthy and happily as they can with the time they have left, let's have the compassion to allow them to have it.

    Stop treating Medical Marijuana Patients like second rate citizens and common criminals by forcing them to the dangerous black market for their medicine.

    Risking incarceration to obtain the medicine you need is no way to be forced to live.

    Support Medical Marijuana Now!