Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Faces Serious Hurdles


Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment Faces Serious HurdlesThe proposed amendment that seeks to decriminalize medical marijuana in Florida faces a serious hurdle.

For at least one year, the amendment has always elicited fervent support from residents of all racial, political and age lines. However, the tide is changing as opponents of the proposed amendment finance TV advertisements and police show up in medical marijuana forums.

A poll by Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9 & UF Bob Graham Center showed that 48 percent of the probable voters back the approval of the Amendment 2. Another 44 percent are against it while 7 percent are yet to decide on the issue.

This makes it difficult for the amendment to attain the 60 percent vote that it needs in order to become the law. Amendment 2 makes it possible for individuals with various medical conditions to obtain medical marijuana provided they have a recommendation from a registered physician.

“My guess today is this is not going to pass,” David Colburn, director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service, told reporters.”It may not mean that Floridians don’t support the use of medical marijuana,” he said, but apparently many voters dislike the amendment’s wording and embedding it into the state Constitution.

The poll, which was done on Oct. 7-12 for News 13 of Orlando, Bay News 9 and the Tampa Bay Times by the Bureau of Economic and Business Research and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida, involved 781 respondents, all registered to vote in Florida. It had a margin of error of +/- 3.2 percentage points. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.

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  • Cristina

    Vote NO on Amendment 2, it is so broadly written and it almost exactly like the disastrous, abuse ridden law in California. Only Amend. 2 is worse since it makes a permanent change to our constitution and it gives pot dealers immunity so you cannot sue them. Only someone as corrupt as John Morgan could have come up with that one. This animation shows why to vote No on 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF31iSVLYLM

  • Jones Fiji

    I have a severe type of autism called PDD-NOS, pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified, which borders on that of atypical autism and yet also has characteristics of aspberger’s syndrome. I’m also a savant, that means despite my difficulties day-to-day, academically, and socially, there’s a special talent mis-aligned from the rest of it. Even though I’m better off than most with my condition, still I haven’t ever had a girlfriend, graduated from college, nor fit in with any peer groups because the way my brain interprets information is extremely different than other people without this condition.
    My entire life has been very ‘lonely’ to put it into perspective, however this is the natural course of everything and loneliness isn’t the right word for it, although really I’m 25-years-old and retain dependency with my parents and without their financial support I wouldn’t be capable of taking care of myself; Working a job isn’t just about doing what’s entailed, it’s also about communicating the job with others during projects and making the atmosphere an enjoyable experience that helps to relieve stress, building relationships and prospering in the process. That’s something that I’m envious for people without autism can do this naturally without any trouble, developing such proficiency from early childhood that their lives are so enjoyable and they’re imparting the same enjoyment to others as well. Very saddening, I realized that’s very different to my own life and development early on right from kindergarten, elementary, middle, highschool, without any peers to relate to eachother and share experiences and day to day activities, my life has been very uniform and repetitive.. Parties are something I dread as the innumerable differences of people is an impossibility, as I attempt to display normalcy it becomes rather obvious that I have a disability.
    I have tried to self-medicate with alcohol to lower my inhibition but that just makes it even more challenging and me withdrawn, alcohol and drugs don’t help, and there’s no medication on the market that can treat or cure autism. Doctors do medicate the condition in severe cases when self-harm, self-mutilation, or anger leading to unprovoked violence, do occur, however that doesn’t really treat the actual condition only the symptoms it’s showing, and even then in some unfortunate cases the combination of sometimes 5 or 10 different medications will produce such side effects ranging from weight gain to psychosis, as the medication are designed to other conditions such as bipolar or schizophrenia that’re showing similar behavior but completely different than autism. This often happens during childhood, and personally I have had bad experiences from doctors prescribing various medication such as lexapro in high school that made me obnoxiously daring, loud, and prone to getting into fights, I presume due to the medication taking an effect that wasn’t intended for my condition.

    It wasn’t until my 18th birthday in 11th grade, my older brother was on vacation returning home from college, I tried cannabis for the first time, I didn’t even know what it was. It was very strange. Everything sounded unusual, I was very mellowed and talkative. I felt that I wanted to interact with people, and when I did socializing was suddenly very enjoyable, examples that just phased through me before suddenly made real sense, and my anxiety lessened to the extent I became really outgoing..

    I don’t know if autism would be considered debilitating under Amendment 2, but I know medical marijuana has significant value for the treatment of certain conditions that’re unresponsive to pharmaceuticals.

    Long story short: Medical marijuana counteracts the symptoms of autism, when traditional pharmaceuticals have not.

    I feel that with medical marijuana I could lead a normal life…

  • Patrick

    Christina is a well known liar and prohibitionist. The so-called abuse in California is another prohibitionist lie because the California board of medicine has received zero complaints about the medical marijuana program there in the last 5 years. So who is she trying to fool? The voters in Florida of course. These well funded prohibitionist are funded by big pharma, and they don’t want the competition from a non-toxic plant that grows for free in your back yard. It takes money to produce youtube videos, follow that money to the pharma industry that kills 350,000 Americans annually. Remember marijuana has killed 0.

  • David Borkowicz

    Probably just another 1950s “happy days” fool for which this amendment would benefit the most. In10 years or less when the federal marijuana ban is lifted the younger generation will make mockery of your ideals.

  • HempStaff

    This is the same people that predicted Romney by 6% right? A poll of 781 people is not a scientific poll – its not even 1% of 1% of voters! VOTE YES on #2! Don’t let them discourage you – that is their only chance of winning, to get people not to vote…