Time for Florida To OK Medical Pot?
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Time for Florida To OK Medical Pot?
Posted by CN Staff on October 28, 2010 at 05:48:04 PT
By Chris Umpierre 
Source: News-Press
Florida -- Marijuana is the only drug that Ginny Amaral believes can ease her constant bone and soft tissue pain. The 47-year-old Cape Coral resident has rheumatoid arthritis, a long-term disease that inflames her joints and tissues and limits movement.“I can’t take pain medications anymore because (their side effects) do damage to my body,” Amaral said. “I know my pain could be eased with cannabis, but I can’t use it because (users) are treated like criminals here in Florida.”
Amaral hopes the growing national medical marijuana movement — 14 states have legalized medical marijuana in the last 14 years and four have cannabis issues on their Tuesday ballots — will influence the Sunshine State to change its medical marijuana stance.Amaral is part of an Orlando-based political action committee collecting signatures to put the legalization of medical marijuana on Florida’s 2012 ballot.If approved, the amendment would give Floridians the right to grow, purchase, possess and obtain marijuana for medical treatment. Orlando’s People United for Medical Marijuana has until Feb. 1, 2012, to collect 676,811 signatures.Lee County’s medical marijuana supporters will keep a close eye on California on Tuesday, when Golden State residents will vote on legalizing pot for recreational use. Snipped   Complete Article: News-Press (Fort Myers, FL)Author: Chris UmpierrePublished: October 28, 2010Copyright: 2010 The News-PressContact: mailbag news-press.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #3 posted by Florida on October 29, 2010 at 10:34:47 PT
Patients are require to take urine test in Florida
I don't see no reason what so ever to mandatory unrine test for patients. However, due to the presure put in Doctors they are enforcing unrine test in patients if they want to follow up with their treatments and to get their medications. I don't see no logical reason behind it nevertheless if you are totally disable. Them all you hear is that about cut off in medical treatments but we can waste at least $40.00 in something that is not really needed. Moreover; perhaps the only drug that will show is cannabis becasuse all other drugs will be out of a person system in about three days. So I guess that is what they are locking fore. How stupid. Yes I agree Florida treats sick people like criminals. 
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on October 28, 2010 at 18:04:32 PT
Had Enough
You are very welcome. 
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Comment #1 posted by Had Enough on October 28, 2010 at 17:59:44 PT
PUFMM…Finally gets mentioned.
Thanks for posting this article.Just about any article that comes out says, that there is a group circulating petitions around the state… but rarely do the mention the group by its name.Kinda like a form of a media blackout…The organizers say they have collected and turned in more than 70,000-signed petitions. That is enough for the ballot review process.But the Division of Elections has only reported 24,455. The only answer there is…the Supervisor of Elections Offices in each district is slow to update the website…Hhmmm.???Between the slow reporting of the validated petitions and the almost media blackout…some are starting to smell a rat…Well now…The powers that be can’t let the ‘We The People’ know how well the movement is picking up steam…now can they…***Drug Free America Foundation Presents Florida Drug Czar with a Moxie Award for His Dedication to Drug PreventionImmediate Release St. Petersburg, FL (06/09/10) – On Wednesday, June 9th 2010 at the 9th Annual Conference on Addictive Disorders in Ft. Myers, Florida, Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, presented the prestigious Moxie Award to the Florida Drug Czar, Director Bruce Grant, for his steadfast efforts in drug prevention.
 Bruce Grant was appointed Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control in 2009 by Governor Charlie Crist. He formerly served as the Assistant Secretary for the Department of Corrections. As Director of the Florida Office of Drug Control, he is best known for his efforts to curtail Florida’s prescription drug abuse epidemic and also for speaking out in Florida against any potential medical marijuana initiatives.************ Valid Petition Signatures(Signatures less than 4 years old)************People United for Medical Marijuana – Florida (PUFMM)************Initiative Petitions - Process and Procedures for Florida
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