Group Pushes Medical Marijuana in Florida

October 17, 2005

Troy Kinsey, WCJB TV 20 News

The head of the national group advocating state regulation of marijuana use for medical reasons visited Gainesville on Tuesday as part of a college tour central to the group's strategy.


Marijuana Policy Project Executive Director Rob Kampia spoke to a gathering of University of Florida students, making special note of the Supreme Court's recent ruling upholding the right of federal authorities to arrest users of medicinal marijuana in the ten states that allow it.


"Our strategy is the same, and that is that we are going to continue to change more and more state laws and make medical marijuana legal until finally we have a critical mass of states that are going to push the federal government to change federal law," Kampia said.


The group has begun seizing on Florida as a possible battleground in upcoming elections, noting that a recent poll showed 63 percent of Floridians favoring the principle of medical marijuana.


"Interestingly, Florida is the only large state where medical marijuana is not legal and not even being debated in the state house," Kampia said.

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