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Senate advances bill to provide for dispensaries for limited strains of marijuana

While the Florida House of Representatives moves to decriminalize a non-euphoric strain of marijuana, the Senate advanced an alternative approach on Monday — create up to four highly regulated dispensaries to distribute the strain for medical purposes.

It is an approach that states that have legalized medical marijuana are increasingly turning to, after gaps in those laws led to legal confusion and needless prosecution.

Florida legislative leaders say they are not prepared to legalize marijuana for a broader range of maladies than the non-euphoric strain intended to benefit children with intractable epilepsy.

But if the Senate proposal passes, the framework could serve as the vehicle for the Legislature and regulators to control the development of the medical marijuana industry if voters approve, as expected, the constitutional amendment in November. 

“This isn’t being approached as setting up a a regulatory framework if the constitutional amendment were to pass,’’ said Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, one of the Senate sponsors of the bill. “But it would be naïve to say what we’re doing does not set a precedent.’’

A February poll of voters in Republican Senate districts by the Republican Party of Florida found that 78 percent favor legalizing “the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases” while only 18 percent oppose it.

The Senate Criminal Justice Committee voted 5-1 in favor of CS SB 1030, which will allow patients to use low-THC marijuana — containing no more than .5 percent of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and at least 15 percent of cannabidiol (CBD). Story here. 

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Kathy Legislative Coordinator

Florida's legislators need to pass legislation for all the medicine for all the patients. The Cathy Jordan medical cannabis Act is the best legislation ever written for medical use and ignoring it does no one justice, especially the 1.6 plus Million patient the Florida State Health Official determined have ailment that are known to benefit from cannabis.

I watched the House Appropriations meeting. As Representative Rouson was telling the story about asking his son what he would do if offered cannabis, I was at first pleased, the boy knows the truth. As he spoke further I wondered why a parent would want the government to continue a lie. What does that teach the children? We should be taking the responsible steps accepting the science of medical value, and by legalizing cannabis for medicine, we are teaching that mistakes are made and owning up to it with the truth is the best, not continuing to lie when the truth is out.

Kathy Legislative Coordinator

Since smoking is a major concern let me start there. The absolute best purpose for smoking cannabis is as an expectorant. For those who are allergic to guaifenesin, the expectorant used in most cough and cold medications, it can be a life saver. It can be the difference between suffocating on ones own mucus and coughing it out and opening the breathing airways. It can prevent pneumonia by allowing the mucus to be coughed out.

The other main reasons for smoking are almost instant relief and titration. If one is vomiting, eating is not always possible. Waiting 40 minutes to an hour or longer for something eaten to work doesn’t usually work when vomiting is involved because what was eaten usually gets thrown up, so a few puffs to stop the vomiting can be the best solution for the patient at the time.

For many patients a small amount is all they need. Parkinson’s patients report it takes 1 - 4 puffs generally to stop the tremors. By smoking it provides the relief almost instantly. They can titrate, use what they need, 1 puff at a time. You can’t do that so easily when eating something that takes 40 minutes to over an hour to work. Why should an elderly Parkinson’s patient or anyone with ailment that cause tremors or spasms, or vomiting have to wait for relief when it could be instantly?

Consuming cannabis by eating food infused with cannabis extracts such as cannabis butter or oil is a very safe way to medicate. It bypasses the hypothalamus, a plus for many patients, for others it helps but does not provide as complete of a relief. Patients learn what works best for them and their own endocanninoid system.

Topical use if effective for such a wide variety of issues, as discussed anti-biotic, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, but also for pain, inflammation, gout, skin care, even skin cancer. There are 2 main different types of cannabis oil, one is for cooking, baking and food the other, is often called RSO or Rick Simpson Oil named so after the man who rediscovered it and has been educating the world about it. RSO is made different and kills cancer in several ways. While even the cooking/baking oil can be helpful for pain it take the RSO oil topically to kill skin cancer. For an internal cancer one needs to consume the RSO to kill the cancer, smoking it won’t work, you need a far higher dose than smoking can provide. Some anti cannabis voice are complaining that doctors are prescibing cannabis for "jock Itch" as if people as smoking it for that when in fact Cannabis for “jock Itch” is actually no laughing matter. Cannabis is an awesome anti-fungal, anti-biotic, anti-parasitic and antiviral. I found “NoFungUsAmongUs CannaSpray”, the directions read : Apply topically for Athlete’s foot, jock itch, fingernail or toenail fungus, candida rash, ringworm, eczema, psoriasis, herpes and even oral infections. Spray on and allow to dry. While cannabis is being used for jock itch it isn’t smoked for it but rather used topically.

The following effects of cannabis is how it kills cancer Anti-Proliferative - prevents cells from reproducing, Anti-Angiogenic - prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow, Anti-Metastatic - prevents cancer from spreading to other organs, Apoptotic - induces cell to seek it’s own death. But don’t take my word for it. - The video on youtube at the following link will explain
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DttdDOqQMuY

Ed Jenkins

The citizens are outraged that these horrible political leaders are even discussing the use of dangerous illegal drugs in our state in any manner other than eliminating them and the use of them. It is greatly disappointing that these political leaders appear willing to aid drug dealers in their attempts to addict our innocent children with their dangerous illegal drugs and aid addicts in destroying their lives.

Ed's Doctor

Time for your pills Ed.

Bill Thompson

The citizens are amazed at the GOP's agenda in Tallahassee of legalizing medical marijuana, giving in-state tuition breaks to illegal aliens and expanding casino gambling in our family friendly state. The GOP is so desperate to hold on to power that the legislative leaders and the scumbag Scott will support anything if it means that they will get more votes.

Redundant

Marijuana now crosses party lines. Let people out of hospitals, prisons, and jails. Take the load off the taxpayers. Quit ruining young peoples lives. Take money out of the pockets of the cartels and street gangs and put it in the public coffers. Common sense must become common at some point.

BossIlluminati

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

Senator Kimberly Yee of Arizona (republican) is denying a marijuana research bill for vetarans, she should be jailed

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….my turn, I gave you 20 years, watch and learn

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

Fire

Florida lawmakers hurry up and do everything possible to legalize Bill 1030 the.05 THC 15% CBD marijuana ahead of the voters this November. This weak marijuana is for the children. Voters need to pay attention to what is going on and this November vote these lawmakers out of office. SB 1562 or HB 1039 should be so lucky this November, you won't see these bills on the ballot this November. What we the People don't need are lawmakers that don't listen to what the people want because these lawmakers are so much smarter and wiser than the regular citizens. Guess these lawmakers don't know the meaning of public servant is. Haven't we learned anything from the last 5 years? Guess not.

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