Support for the Legalization of Medical Marijuana in Florida Growing
There is movement in Florida which could potentially put the question of medical marijuana in the hands of the voters.
State Senator Larcenia Bullard, a Democrat from Miami, recently filed a bill that would put on the 2012 ballot the question of whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the state.
Observers say that it is something that hundreds of people who attend a festival in Melbourne could possibly agree to. The event was the Cannabis Freedom Festival held at Wickham Park close to Brevard Community College.
Jodi James, the Florida Cannabis Network executive director, says that responsible adults and their physicians should be able to determine whether or not to use medical marijuana.
James said, “We should take tax it, we should control it. If someone is growing it, it should be there responsibility alone. We believe by regulating it and controlling it we are going to be keeping it out of the hands of children as opposed to an unregulated market.”
James also observed that making medical marijuana legal in the state would transform it into a valuable cash crop. “This is a multi-billion dollar worldwide industry that Florida farmers have no access to it,” said James.
However, a lot of people believe that marijuana is a dangerous gateway drug and they want it to remain illegal.
An amendment is created by the Bullard’s bill, which will then allow people with debilitating medical condition to be able to use medical pot as a form of treatment upon the doctor’s advice. The measure would also allow medical marijuana dispensaries and farms to operate in Florida.
The bill has to be approved by both the Florida House and Senate before it is placed on the ballot.