Understanding the Benefits of Medical Marijuana in Florida
The video above is an advertisement paid for by People United for Medical Marijuana, a Florida-based political action committee (PAC) seeking to legalize medical marijuana. It makes a number of important points that voters should keep in mind when they head to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of the Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, or Amendment 2:
- Medicinal Marijuana Eases Pain and Suffering -- Consensus has been growing in the medical community that cannabis is helpful in treating certain medical conditions.
- Strict Doctor Supervision -- While opponents have painted physicians as becoming glorified drug dealers, Amendment 2 would allow doctors in Florida to prescribe medicinal marijuana for only the medical conditions in which the treatment would be most beneficial.
- Only for Debilitating Conditions and Diseases -- Amendment 2 would allow for medical use of marijuana only by individuals with debilitating medical conditions, which are defined as "cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient."
- The Other States Respect Doctor-Patient Relationship -- According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 25 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico now allow for comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs.
This is the second time Floridians will be voting on a medical marijuana initiative. In 2014, 57.62 percent of voters supported the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, but that totally failed to meet the 60 percent supermajority necessary for an amendment to pass.
Tallahassee Marijuana Defense Lawyer
While cannabis has been painted in a largely unfavorable light for several decades in the United States, more people are beginning to realize that marijuana has some very favorable medicinal qualities. People who seek to use cannabis to alleviate pain or symptoms of serious medical conditions should not be classified as criminals.
If you or your loved one was arrested in Leon County for alleged possession of marijuana that was needed for a medical condition, do not hesitate to seek legal representation. You will want to immediately contact a Tallahassee medical marijuana attorney who can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options.
Attorney Don Pumphrey Jr. is a former prosecutor, former law enforcement officer, and a successful and experienced criminal defense attorney.