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Are Florida legislators ready to open the door to medical marijuana?

The Hyman FamilyThere isn’t a day that goes by that Danielle and Seth Hyman don’t live in fear that one of the epileptic seizures that course through their daughter dozens of times daily could be the one that kills her.

“At any given time, my little angel could be taken to heaven,’’ said Seth Hyman of Weston. His eight-year-old daughter Rebecca suffers from a rare genetic disorder that results in hearing loss, visual impairment, frequent daily seizures and requires her to be fed through a feeding tube to supplement her nutrition.

For years, the couple tried powerful medications to control the frequent, often silent, seizures but the toxins weakened their daughter’s organs and produced little improvement. Now, the Hymans are among a growing number of Florida families holding out hope that they can persuade lawmakers to legalize a strain of marijuana that has been shown to control seizures in children.

The strain is high in cannabidiol (CBD), the ingredient that controls seizures, but is low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that creates a high. It can be administered without smoking — ingested in oil form or vaporized in a feeding tube. But, like all marijuana in Florida, it is illegal to possess, distribute and sell — unless lawmakers make an exception.

After years of rejecting proposals to allow marijuana to be sold for medical purposes, Florida’s Republican-led Legislature has agreed to hear a bill to allow medical distribution of the specialty strain, known as Charlotte’s Web. The House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will hold a workshop Thursday to hear from parents, growers in Colorado, and medical professionals about Charlotte’s Web. Story here.

Photo: Walter Michot, Miami Herald


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/04/3852689/parents-of-children-with-epilepsy.html#storylink=cpy

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Jud

It shouldn't matter if they are ready. The citizens are ready and this is supposed to be government through consent of the people.

Our shill politicians aren't getting my votes any longer.

ed jenkins

As we have seen the citizens of Florida are tired of the many efforts of drug abusers to get access to illegal drugs and drug dealers to attempt to addict our innocent children to these dangerous illegal drugs. False stories about how hallucinogenic drugs help heal the sick do not have any effect on the citizens as they have already made up their minds that these dangerous narcotics are illegal so this hometown paper should refrain from printing any more stories on this offensive topic or it will continue to lose its readership from this city which values good morals and family values.

knowa


When consider the La Guardia Committee and Nixon's own commissioned Shaffer report both with scientific evidence that Nixon refused and trashed in his vendetta against the counter culture CNN
On August 14, 1970, the Assistant Secretary of Health, Dr. Roger O. Egeberg wrote a letter recommending the plant, marijuana, be classified as a schedule 1 substance, and it has remained that way for nearly 45 years. My research started with a careful reading of that decades old letter. What I found was unsettling. Egeberg had carefully chosen his words:
"Since there is still a considerable void in our knowledge of the plant and effects of the active drug contained in it, our recommendation is that marijuana be retained within schedule 1 at least until the completion of certain studies now underway to resolve the issue."
Not because of sound science, but because of its absence, marijuana was classified as a schedule 1 substance. Again, the year was 1970. Egeberg mentions studies that are underway, but many were never completed. As my investigation continued, however, I realized Egeberg did in fact have important research already available to him, some of it from more than 25 years earlier.

Randall McMurphy

Where do you get your drugs, ed? I mean, based on some of the spewings you post here, you MUST be on something.

Steve

Yes Ed, you are one of the ignorant people that know nothing about Marijuana, I don't smoke it or use it, but I do know that it has great medicinal value to a lot of sick people.
You don't have hallucination's with it, you can't overdose on it and it less addictive than alcohol or tobacco, you need to educate yourself my friend!!

knowa

There has never ever been any scientific justification for prohibition other than Hysteria lies and corruption study its disgraceful history.

ed jenkins

The citizens disgust with drug dealers and drug abuser trying to push this dangerous drug on our state has been known for a while yet this hometown paper published another story on this disturbing topic. One concerned citizen sent me an article discussing this study in Colorado of the dangers of these drugs to our innocent young summarized by the excerpt below:

The proportion of ingestion visits in patients younger than 12 years (age range, 8 months to 12 years)that were related to marijuana exposure increased after September 30, 2009, from 0 of 790 (0%; 95% CI, 0%-0.6%) to 14 of 588 (2.4%; 95% CI, 1.4%-4.0%) (P < .001). Nine patients had lethargy, 1 had ataxia, and 1 had respiratory insufficiency. Eight patients were admitted, 2 to the intensive care unit. Eight of the 14 cases involved medical marijuana, and 7 of these exposures were from food products.

Nicholas Cruise

A great man once said "The only way that cannabis can kill a lab rat is if you drop a 1-pound brick on its head!" If you sincerely think marijuana is dangerous you might want to look into Monsanto and how they are poisoning our planet. If you do not support marijuana then DON'T SMOKE IT. I recommend to smoke 6 grams of LA Confidential and reconsider. CHECK YA SELF BEFORE YA WRECK YA SELF

Lee Glaser

Whoever this Ed Jenkins guy is, he obviously knows nothing about marijuana. It always amazes me that a supposedly "intelligent" adult can know so little about about something he claims to be an expert about.

Stop lying Ed. Marijuana legalization is now supported by a majority of the country and that support is growing week by week. Open up your eyes and recognize that the drug war you so love is headed down the tubes..... and quickly. You lost.

Max

Get back at the politically corrupt prohibition. Buy Legal Medical Marijuana Stocks from the Stock Market and get rich from the new Green Rush!

Margo Murdock

I was reading the news today about the signatures being collected for the Medical Marijuana policy to be put on the ballot and after reading different views on Marijuana I decided that I would let my voice be heard. One could have never told me that one day I would be sitting writing as an advocate for Medical Marijuana as I do not use and never have any intentions of using. However, my husband is a 100% Disabled Veteran who suffers from chronic pain, PTSD, stomach disorder, and medication side effects. I have watched my husband try every different prescription drug available and I have seen first-hand the damage these drugs do to his life. I have seen him on medication that literally causes him not to be aware of his surroundings where he would just sit, stare, and even at times drool on himself thanks to the prescribed medication. Over the years his memory has been affected by the prescriptions, he has been hospitalized from the side effects of the medications, and his life has been tormented. His children and I do what we can to help and if I need to take care of something one of the children come over to be with him so he is not alone.
If a person wants to yell addiction, perhaps looking at the prescription drugs that many veterans or those afflicted with chronic pain are prescribed, look at the side effects, the damage that is done to the brain and body from this perfectly legal prescription. Then after taking the medication let this person drive, I know I would not want to be on the road with someone taking prescription medication, but of course I am on a daily basis, how many people are not on a prescription in today’s society, just as I am on the road with those who have had a drink or two and think that he or she is okay to drive. Every person has a different upbringing and a different view, rather this is of alcohol, cigarettes, prescriptions, or Marijuana. I am not saying that Marijuana may not ever cause anyone problems, I am saying that it is a viable resource for people who suffer and that society is limiting individuals opportunities either because the person is close minded, ignorant of the subject, misinformed, or have just been lucky enough in life to never know anyone who could really benefit from the relief that Marijuana can bring to a person in need.
I personally have seen my husband use the prescription drugs and use the Marijuana. When he would use the Marijuana, which I objected in every way until I saw the results with my own eyes, the difference in quality of life was amazing. My husband went from a person who sat in front of a television, who was not able to play with his children, or retain memories of the ones he loved, to a man who was no longer comatosed due to prescription medication, to a man who was calm, laughed, and able to interact with his children. Marijuana even helps calm his anxiety and anger spurred by the PTSD. Marijuana is not a miracle and it is not a cure all, and yes I am sure that it can be abused, the same as anything else we get our hands on can be abused. Something as simple as a candy bar can be abused isn’t this why they say so many Americans are overweight, because we use food in excess. So if we look at food in the same terms as Marijuana, we are killing ourselves with food because we use more than what is needed. We are now in a world where excess is king and telling the consumer what, when, and how is taking over basic freedoms. When it comes right down to the science, are there side effects from Marijuana use, yes of course, are they worse than alcohol abuse, cigarettes, prescriptions, or even food abuse, in the end no, so why are consumers allowed to partake in the before mentioned, because years ago someone said no and of course we followed.
Through the years we have lost friends who were also Disabled Veterans from accidental overdose of the prescribed medication and from side effects of the medications needed to function daily that were prescribed by the VA. The VA does everything possible to help the Veterans in need, but in the end their hands are tied and they are limited to what they can prescribe. Methadone, Morphine, Hydrocodone, this is to name just a few of the wonderful drugs that have been prescribed to my husband. I do not want to be a widow because my husband served his country, was injured, and has to live what little life he has on a medication that causes him addiction, severe side-effects, poor quality of life, and in the end causes damage to his body which results in death at a young age.
Before you make a firm decision where you stand on the Marijuana debate I ask you one thing. Think of someone you love and think about that person being in constant pain, then take the time to read some side effects of a prescription and then look up the side effects of Marijuana. Now which would you want your loved one ingesting into his or her system? It is really a simple question, it’s a simple matter of quality of life, educate yourself, learn the difference. Anything can be abused, but used properly Marijuana can make a difference in a loved one’s life; the choice is up to the voting public. No one is asking for Marijuana to be street legal, sold in stores across the state, all that is being asked is that it be made legal so those who really need it can have it prescribed so that he or she can live a life full of memories and the ability to function without constant pain. Who are we to take away this opportunity?

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