Medical marijuana amendment fails; conservation passes

November 4, 2014 | TAMPA TRIBUNE With overwhelming support at the beginning of the campaign season dwindling to fatal levels, the push for medical marijuana in Florida came up short on Tuesday. The majority of statewide voters approved Amendment 2 but it failed to reach the 60 percent threshold required to amend in the state Constitution. In the two other …

Fla. doctors give opposing opinion on medical marijuana

October 30, 2014 | WPBF-TV ABC TREASURE COAST Two doctors, both of whom have run private practices in Florida for decades, see the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida from different perspectives. Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos wrote the resolution brought to the Florida Medical Association against the amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Haridopolos said she is opposed to the …

Koontz: Vote ‘no’ on Amendment 2

October 30, 2014 | HERNANDO TODAY How will the passage of Amendment 2 to the Constitution on medical marijuana affect our youth? There has been an effort for 30 years or more to legalize pot from groups like NORML (“National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws”). They never go away or stop their efforts. This push for medical marijuana here and …

Viewpoint: Amendment 2 lacks safeguards

October 30, 2014 | PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL As a practicing physician, I have serious concerns about Amendment 2. Primarily, I am worried that patient care and outcomes will be damaged if Amendment 2 is allowed to pass because, no matter where you stand on the issue of medical marijuana, it’s clear this amendment does not have the appropriate safeguards for …

Michael W. Forsthoefel: Not for this doctor’s patients

October 28, 2014 | TALLAHASSEE DEMOCRAT A popular notion is that marijuana is a harmless pleasure, access to which should not be regulated or considered illegal. Actually, marijuana is currently an illicit drug of which 12 percent of people over the age of 12 have a high rate of use. As a practicing physician specializing in internal medicine, and as …

No: Too risky for state businesses

October 23, 2014 | ORLANDO SENTINEL In ecent months, many Americans, myself included, have become educated on the medicinal benefits that cannabis may provide to patients who have some terrible illnesses. Earlier this year, the Florida Legislature passed the Charlotte’s Web law that allows medicinal cannabis for Floridians battling illnesses such as epilepsy, Lou Gehrig’s disease and various types of …

Commentary: Scientific data doesn’t back legalizing medical marijuana

October 23, 2014 | PALM BEACH POST Amendment 2, termed “Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions” on the November ballot, represents a classic case of creating medicine by public opinion, not by science and research. And, I can assure you that in spite of the anecdotal stories claiming the amazing benefits of “medical marijuana” for everything from epilepsy and …

Vote ‘No’ on legalizing medical marijuana

October 22, 2014 | APALACHICOLA  & CARRABELLE TIMES The famous Philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The question for Florida voters in November is whether Floridians want to be condemned to the historic effects that legalized marijuana has had on the health, education, and safety of citizens in Colorado. No one …

Viewpoint: So you think you want to legalize marijuana?

October 19, 2014 | PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL When I was younger, I probably would have supported legalizing marijuana as well, but due to some personal trials and tribulations that I went through, Amendment 2 is something that I absolutely cannot support. And, hopefully by telling my story, I can show you, and everyone else in Florida, why this amendment is …

Sheriff Gee: Why parents should be alarmed about Amendment 2

October 19, 2014 | TAMPA TRIBUNE By now we’ve all heard the arguments for and against the legalization of “medical” marijuana under Amendment 2. The amount of inaccurate and confusing information about the legalization of “medical” marijuana can overwhelm parents. Some of the information we hear about cannabis is conflicting, making it hard to understand the ways it may affect …