Editorial: Vote no on pot Amendment 2

October 18, 2014 | ORLANDO SENTINEL The stories are heart wrenching. There’s the heroic lifeguard who dove into disaster trying to rescue a swimmer. Now, brief respites from relentless pain and ruthless spasms come only through pot-infused edibles. Then there’s the 60-ish wheelchair-user who grows her own cannabis to combat the indelicate drooling, face-numbing, and other withering dysfunction of deadly …

COLUMN: Five reasons to vote no on Amendment 2

October 18, 2014 | NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS I want to make clear that I am not against the legalization of medical marijuana, but I am against the legalization of medical marijuana under the guise of this amendment. The amendment, in its present form, was introduced by People United for Medical Marijuana as an initiative and is opposed by the …

Our view on the proposed constitutional amendments

October 17, 2014 | FLORIDA TIMES-UNION Constitutional amendments should be rare. They should be saved for issues that the regular political process is unable or unwilling to handle.  That is the reason that 60 percent is needed for amending the Florida Constitution. Direct democracy ought to be the exception in this republic. In this general election, voters will get a …

Guest opinion: Against: Amendment 2 approval would have serious consequences

October 17, 2014 | CAPE CORAL DAILY BREEZE It is my belief that the legalization of marijuana is a bad decision for our citizens and I stand in opposition to Amendment 2 (Medical Marijuana). Consequences of Amendment 2, should it become a part of the Florida Constitution: Amendment 2 is vague, and is based on the premise that the State …

Going Up in Smoke: Amendment 2 Headed to Defeat

October 17, 2014 | SUNSHINE STATE NEWS With only a couple of weeks left in this campaign season, Amendment 2 continues a precipitous slide to what looks like a resounding defeat. If this happens, Florida will be the first state to turn back the national wave of medical marijuana. Part of this may be attributed to the Legislature’s approval of …

JUST SAY NO or YES………MARIJUANA???

October 16, 2014 | WESTSIDE GAZETTE On Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014 and before, voters will be casting their vote Yes or NO on Amendment 2 which legalizes medical marijuana. Of course no one wants to see family or friends suffer. But is this a “SMOKE SCREEN?” No pun intended! Is Amendment 2 much too broad? Will this Amendment open the …

Editorial: ‘NO’ to Amendment 2

October 16, 2014 | PENSACOLA NEWS JOURNAL Regular readers of this opinion page know that we are not wholly opposed to a state expansion of medical marijuana. Throughout Florida’s 2014 legislative session, we advocated passage of the Charlotte’s Web bill that legalized a specific strain of medical marijuana that drastically reduces seizures in children with severe epilepsy. The bill was …

Brad King: Do not let the ‘Colorado Calamity’ spread to Florida

October 16, 2014 | TAMPA TRIBUNE George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The question for Florida voters 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 has yet fairly informed Florida voters …

Benton, Pigman: Don’t let Florida go to pot

October 16, 2014 | HIGHLANDS TODAY If voters approve Amendment 2 in November, it will allow people to receive prescriptions for marijuana, almost at will. That’s the opinion of State Rep. Cary Pigman and Sheriff Susan Benton. Former State Sen. Paul Dockery disagrees. Highlands County’s chief law enforcement officer and Pigman, who is also an emergency medicine doctor, spoke Tuesday …

Say no to Amendment 2

October 15, 2014 | SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE The summary of Amendment 2 (Medical Marijuana) is misleading. If you read the entire amendment you will learn the following: (1) Possession of marijuana is still a federal crime. (2) There is no age restriction on who may be issued a marijuana “certificate.” (3) Doctors issuing medical certificates and state workers issuing medical marijuana …