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Gaetz, Weatherford and Bondi blast medical marijuana amendment in formal court briefs

Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz filed a brief to the Supreme Court Friday afternoon opposing a proposed medical marijuana constitutional amendment on Friday afternoon, stating it’s “misleading and inaccurate rhetoric.”

Their objections largely mirror arguments by Attorney General Pam Bondi, who also filed her brief against the amendment late Friday afternoon. She said the proposal “hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless ‘other conditions’ specified by any physician.”

Ben Pollara, People United for Medical Marijuana’s campaign manager, said arguments by Bondi and the legislative leaders are “a misrepresentation of our amendment” and said accusations that the amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient states “way off base.”

People United has collected more than 200,000 petitions (121,592 have been validated) to get the amendment on the ballot in 2014 -- the group will need at least 683,149 signatures by Feb. 1 -- if the Florida Supreme Court doesn’t shoot it down first.

The Court is slated to hear oral arguments on the ballot initiative Dec. 5.

“This ‘60s era reefer madness hysteria has to stop,” said Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, who has proposed medical marijuana legislation for three years. “It’s a drug that should be regulated like any other drug. It should to be up to the physician what’s best for their patient.”



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ed jenkins

Thank goodness that Bondi is protecting us from these drug dealers trying to push their harmful narcotics on our innocent young children, actions like this demonstrate why she is our state's most popular politician. The other two fellows are also serving their citizens well by keeping these dangerous drugs out of our state as the citizens want. This Pollara scumbag however needs to be prosecuted on drug charges for his attempts to damage our state with his drugs and this Clemens scum needs to be removed from office for the damage he would due to it and the family friendly nature of our state.

William J.

Well Mr. Ed I would agree if Bondi and those others did not booze it up at their big fundraisers. I would agree if we did not have bars located next to our highways and people frequent those establishments and then drive home. I would agree if millions of people did not light up daily a regulated taxed drug causing cancer that kills thousands each year. Legalizing this natural product will eliminate it from the hands of those who sell hard drugs.

So I guess there is only word that describes those people above hypocrites.

Truth Hurts

The first comment posted here is utter nonsense. Close minded, sadistic, and self- righteous hypocrites abound. I hope Florida will wake up and stop locking people up for a substance that's safer than alcohol. Ed Simmons is probably some old geezer whose life is nearly over anyway. I'm toking for you Ed..

Mary Jane

Ed Jenkins, you are one stupid person.


Its time for are veterans hear in the great state of Florida to have access a to the treatment they need and deserve.

P. Lehrmann

Come on. The Jenkins comment (above) is obviously meant as satire. Pam Bonding"the most popular politician" in Florida? That alone should be the tip-off that this is a fine example of a Swiftian "Modest Proposal". I especially liked the nuanced irony of Jenkin's comment about the potential demise of Florida as family friendly. Obviously a comment on the sad funding the Legislature tosses to our childrens' schools and teachers.
So I say, Way to Go, Mr. Jenkins. Your support of medical marijuana is commendable, and your writing is elegant.


Look, pure and simple medical marijuana works. The problem is; it's not controlled by the companies that control our politicians.

Jeff Jennewein

doc ed jenkins am a marine vet tri-county Florida resident born and raised who was on Vicodin and and some sleeping pills that worsened my nerve damage proscribe to me for my service connected injuries. till I got my CA medical marijuana card. The weed helps me plain and simple better than pills. I would love to move back home but people like you keep me in Cali.
the people of America are sick of smooth talking ramblers like you. doc ed Jenkins if you are even a real doctor(his doctorate is probably in art history) your poking a sleeping giant and this giant is done debating. To everyone else research and use the scientific method to see who is the real evil.

Carl Johnson

We need a vote and let the people decide then I rest my case. ...

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