Compassion, Reason over Florida’s Marijuana-Prohibition Status Quo
October 31, 2014 | Mike Liszewski
The following is a segment from an opinion piece published by the PanAm Post. The complete version can be found here.
This election day, voters in Florida will have the chance to improve the health and well-being of their fellow Floridians by approving Amendment 2, a comprehensive medical-marijuana law. If it passes, Florida will become the 24th state in the country to adopt legal protections and create safe access to medical marijuana for patients with a physician’s recommendation.
If it fails, Florida’s patient population will continue to face a difficult dilemma: obey the law and not have access to medicine that works safely and effectively, or face the consequences of obtaining their medicine from an unregulated black market. Patients who could benefit from using medical marijuana under the recommendation of a physician should not be forced to make this decision.
One of the most notable components of Amendment 2 is that it puts physicians, not politicians, in charge of determining who should have safe and legal access to medical-marijuana therapy. There are over 50 medical conditions among the laws in the 23 states with medical marijuana programs, ranging from common conditions like cancer and Crohn’s Disease, to rare conditions such as fibrous dysplasia and causalgia.
View the complete version can be found here.