Drug Free Florida Makes Dubious Claims About Amendment Two
Posted on January 04, 2014 by Jeffrey FeilerFlorida Constitutional Amendment Two, which provides for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida, is currently slated to be on the ballot this November. In anticipation of the amendment passing, Drug Free Florida, an organization chaired by Carlton Turner has released a video filled with dubious claims that urge Florida voters to deny seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana.
Carlton Turner can be remembered for his work with the "Just Say No" campaign that started under Ronald Reagan. His views on medical marijuana are at the very least, anachronistic. You may have remembered Turner stating in 1986 that "Marijuana leads to homosexuality, the breakdown of the immune system, and ultimately, AIDS." These views are reflected in the video Drug Free Florida released to oppose Amendment Two.
United For Care, the group that collected the necessary signatures to place Amendment Two on the ballot recently released a statement pointing out Drug Free Florida's dubious claims about medical marijuana. Some of the most dubious claims are that anyone who want pot will get it, that teens will be able to legally purchase pot without their parents' consent, that felons and drug dealers would be able to qualify as caregivers, and that the amendment will lead to a pill mill scenario.
The amendment, as stated, plainly puts to rest each of Mr. Turner's claims. First, the plain language of the amendment states that medical marijuana would only be available to patients with debilitating diseases. Second, except for a few extraordinary circumstances, doctors would not be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to children, and they would need their parents' consent before doing so. Third, convicted felons are disqualified from being patient caregivers. Finally, there is a rigorous application process with the Florida Department of Health that would make a "pill mill" scenario highly unlikely.
Drug Free Florida's claims about the medical marijuana industry in Florida are just as unfounded and outdated as its chair's claims that marijuana leads to homosexuality, the breakdown of the immune system, and AIDS.
Fortunately, most Florida voters have approached the medical marijuana issue intelligently, and are not susceptible to the fear inspiring scare tactics that those who oppose the amendment employ. In fact, the most recent poll by Quinnipiac University shows that 88 percent of registered voters in Florida support medical marijuana. This is 28 percent higher than the 60 percent vote needed to pass a constitutional amendment in Florida.
Jeffrey Feiler is a well-known Miami Criminal Lawyer who has been successfully defending the rights of clients for over 30 years with a reputation for getting impressive results.