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In the News: Is Medical Marijuana Coming to Florida?

When used for medical purposes, Marijuana can be a great way to make certain illnesses easier to go through. Trial attorney John Morgan is the face of the United for Care Campaign and has expressed his desire in helping patients get the care they deserve. He has stated “Marijuana greatly enhanced my father’s life while battling cancer, and it’s time for Florida residents in similar situations to be afforded safe access to this medication. The South is literally stuck in the dark ages compared to the rest of country when it comes to advancing common sense marijuana policy, and considering that 80 percent of Americans are now in favor of its medicinal application, this is an ideal opportunity for Florida to be a leader in the region on this issue.”

There were also some polls taken by Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, and those outcomes were that Florida voters support 82 – 16 percent allowing adults to legally use marijuana for medical use if it is prescribed by a doctor. Support is overwhelming among every group surveyed, ranging from 70 – 26 percent among Republicans to 90 – 10 percent among voters 18 to 29 years old. “If the folks who want to legalize medical marijuana in Florida can get their proposal on the ballot, they are overwhelmingly favored to prevail next November,” Brown said.

There are so many great benefits to the use of medical marijuana. There is evidence that shows that marijuana can help relieve certain types of pain, nausea and other symptoms caused by illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, multiples sclerosis and others. Marijuana can even be used to help with the harsh side effects for the drugs used to treat these illnesses. Marijuana is very safe and also a lot less toxic than many of the things that doctors prescribe people every day. In my opinion, I think it would be great for Florida to offer medical marijuana.

Just as I quoted above, Florida really is living in the dark ages compared to the rest of the United States when it comes to the medical marijuana policies. I’ve read many different opinions that we should legalize and regulate marijuana like alcohol. I think that it would be best to just have medical marijuana available to those people in need of it. It definitely is a step in the right direction for Florida to allow us to have medical marijuana.

What about people abusing the medical marijuana prescriptions? You have to be realistic that no matter what the prescription or drug is that there is always going to be people abusing it, it is pretty much impossible to avoid that. In regards to marijuana being a gateway drug, scientists have always had their doubts about this and think that people who are inclined to use drugs are more likely to use marijuana and other drugs; marijuana usually comes first because it is the most accessible. I think that the pros that medical marijuana would bring to Florida would far outweigh the cons. I think it would be quite brilliant if medical marijuana came to Florida! If you or a loved one are struggling with substance abuse or addiction, please call toll free 1-800-951-6135.


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