Florida Medical Marijuana Bills Filed

For the second year in a row, medical marijuana legislation has been filed in Florida, and for the first time ever, bills have been filed in both the House and the Senate. The bills, House Joint Resolution 353 and Senate Joint Resolution 1028, ask the legislature to approve a referendum on medical marijuana for the November ballot.

Florida Decides activist Catherine Jordan
If the legislature approves the resolutions, the referendum must then win the approval of 60% of the voters. If 60% of the voters approve it, the state constitution would be amended to include medical marijuana language.

Under the resolutions, patients with a doctor's recommendation and his or her primary caregiver would have an affirmative defense if charged with a marijuana offense as long as the amount of marijuana was not greater than the amount set by the state and could still mount an affirmative defense if it was, provided that greater amount is "medically necessary." The amount is not set in the resolutions; instead, the legislature would be charged with setting quantity limits in the event the referendum passes.

Neither bill has been scheduled for a hearing. Still, Florida activists are happy to see them and will be present in Tallahassee to lobby for them.

"This is the first time since 1978 that cannabis advocates will have a sustained presence in the legislature," said veteran activist Jodi James of the Florida Cannabis Action Network.  "Sick and dying people need access to this medicine now, she told the Gainesville Sun.

The group has also created a Florida Decides web site with a petition to Gov. Rick Scott (R) asking him to urge the legislature to bypass the referendum process and just pass a medical marijuana bill directly. So far, that petition has 2,876 electronic signatures.

While the House version has a handful of cosponsors, the sole sponsor in the Senate is Sen. Larcenia Bullard (D-Miami). She told the Sun she had originally sponsored the bill as a courtesy to constituents, but after researching it, has embraced the cause.

Now, it's up to the rest of the legislature to embrace the cause, and James and the Florida Cannabis Action Network are there to help them see the light.

Tallahassee, FL
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Florida petitions and Sign and send Letters re medicinal use

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The following petitions and sign and send letters are available to voice your opinion:

Petition requesting the Florida Legislature to permit a floor debate - http://signon.org/sign/florida-medicinal-use

Sign and send letter requesting the Committee Leadership to hold a Hearing - http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6917

 

Sign and send letter requesting your Legislative Representatives to support the legislation - http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6895

Petition Governor Scott to turn around the lives of patients and the Florida economy, allow medicinal use of cannabis by Florida citizens and to join Governor Chaffee of Rhode Island and Governor Gregorie of Washington in their "Request to Reschedule Cannabis" - http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6938


Remember to tell your friends, post on facebook, twitter, email, etc.
The patients of Florida thank you for taking action and supporting this important legislation.


 

Marijuana is Medicine

Marijuana is Medicine as indicated by 16 states allowing it for such. Florida already has a medical marijuana necessity defense but is a difficult defense and only after being arrested. To remain in Florida schedule I marijuana can have no medical use in the United States. Clearly it does. The legislature and the govenor should do the right and legal thing and make this remarkable herb available to the patients that will benefit.

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