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FLORIDA Medical Marijuana bill!
Posted 07 April 2011 - 06:30 PM
Posted 07 April 2011 - 09:02 PM
I was just wondering if anyone can guesstimate a time frame on this, because i notice its been in the criminal subdivision since march 14 and I am really curious of how something like this works. Heres the link again to the gov page,
HJR 1407 - Medical Use of Cannabis
Well, if it gets out of subcommittee and is approved then it will appear on the ballot NEXT November (everyone remember to vote!). If it passes in November of 2012 then most likely the new laws will take effect January 1st 2013.
Since this is different than other laws there may be a longer period for it to come into effect (like January 1st 2014). But I really doubt it.
Just remember to vote, and get your friends, family, and anyone else you can on board and spread the word about legalization. Donate to organizations like NORML because you can be sure there is going to be a lot of money against decriminalization. This won't matter because we have the truth on our side, but it's up to all my fellow Floridians to get the word out!
Posted 08 April 2011 - 11:42 AM
So what are the odds it gets out of the subcommittee? Who decides weather it gets approved for the ballot or not, and finally does it have to have an either pass or fail in the subcommitee or can it just sit there and die sortof?
It depends on who is in the subcommittee, what kind of politics are being played, etc... As far as Florida and most states go there is a pretty good majority that wishes to see medical cannabis access. The chances on this seeing a vote aren't great I'm afraid. It can sit there and die off, but I doubt that will happen in state-level politics. More than likely it's going to be passed or failed, that way the politicians can wear their decision on the issue like a badge of honor for voters back in their districts.
Trust me when I say this, politicians don't care at all about medical cannabis, all they care about is getting reelected. None of those cowards would risk losing in the next election over any issue, no matter how strongly they felt about it.
Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:47 PM
Anyone know when the committee deadline(s) for moving this bill are?
I have googled something to share with you...
There are over 1.7 million seriously ill people in Florida. They have the right to safe, affordable, and effective medication. The goal of this committee is to get medical marijuana legal in the state of Florida. We are working to get our legislators to change the laws. One way to do this is the ballot initiative process.
We are collecting signatures on a petition that supports a constitutional amendment giving patients the right to grow, obtain, purchase and possess medical marijuana under a doctor's supervision. We need valid signatures from 676,811 registered voters and millions of dollars in donations. The deadline for the 2012 election ballot is February 1, 2012.
We are purely a grassroots effort, we run only on your donations, do not have a paid staff and everyone is a volunteer. We utilize the internet for networking an extensive group of supporters. We are on facebook, myspace, meetup, and twitter. We are developing a network of patients, businesses, doctors, and lawyers who will support us.
Volunteers and event booths will be placed at public events to educate, collect signatures, and accept donations. Promotional techniques will include multi-media advertising, printed literature, public event placement, direct marketing and personal networking.
The initiative is designed to:
Provide relief for terminally and seriously ill patients.
Give patients a safe venue to obtain their medicine.
Allow patients to grow a limited supply.
Create a registry to help law enforcement distinguish law abiding citizens.
Decrease state health care costs with an inexpensive medication that provides lasting results.
Lower the crime rate, saving the state millions in prison costs.
Create thousands of new jobs and boost our economy.
Provide a new tax revenue for the state - an estimated $200 million per year.
Maintain restrictions for non-medicinal use.
Posted 11 April 2011 - 03:49 PM
well that is for the 2012 ballot, im really curious about the deadlines for the bill thats in right now for mmj. But thanks for the info.
I think the deadline will be published soon...
we can wait few more days buddy? if i know i will share... +rep the one for like the info
Posted 26 April 2011 - 06:34 PM
Posted 11 May 2011 - 01:32 AM
I'm writing you regarding House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1407, which seeks to authorize the legislature to establish regulations regarding the physician-supervised use of marijuana, and to mandate an affirmative defense from criminal prosecution to select patients. If passed, the HJR 1407 would place the issue on the 2012 ballot, where voters would decide ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on the proposal.
According to a recent statewide poll, 57 percent of Floridians support allowing authorized patients legal access to marijuana as a medicine.
The use of marijuana as medicine is a public health issue; it should not be part of the war on drugs. According to a national survey of U.S. physicians conducted for the American Society of Addiction Medicine, nearly half of all doctors with opinions support legalizing cannabis as a medicine. Some 80 state and national health care organizations, including the American Nurses Association, American Public Health Association and The New England Journal of Medicine, support immediate, legal patient access to medical cannabis.
Recently, the largest association of doctors of internal medicine and the second largest medical association in the country, the American College of Physicians, released a policy paper in support of medical cannabis, stating, "The ACP strongly urges protection from criminal or civil penalties for patients who use medical marijuana as permitted under state laws."
Fifteen states - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington and the District of Columbia have enacted laws protecting medical marijuana patients from state prosecution. These laws are operating primarily as lawmakers intended and have not led to widespread abuses among adolescents or adult recreational users.
The goal of HJR 1407 is not to sanction the use of marijuana by the general population. Rather it is to provide a legal defense for qualified patients. I hope you consider my opinion regarding HJR 1407.
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