Recent Studies Suggest that Floridians are Ready for Legal Medical Marijuana
Posted on April 27, 2016 by Jeffrey FeilerIn this recent Chart of the Week, Quinnipiac polled Florida, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to measure support for Medical Cannabis Legalization. I always take Quinnipiac Polls with a grain of salt as they tend to poll the highest (all puns are intended) when it comes to marijuana. I, of course, wish the high statistics were accurate, as I am an advocate for the legalization of cannabis.
If the article's statistics are accurate, then 65% of voters support medical marijuana in Florida. Since only 60% are needed to change the State Constitution, if voter turnout is good, we are looking at a legalized Florida this year. According to the same poll, 74% of Ohioans polled supported medical marijuana, and 90% of Pennsylvanians were also ready for legal medical cannabis. In Ohio, only majority support is needed, making for a promising November election in the swing state.
The "legalization" movement, the "decriminalization" movement and the "tax and regulate" movements have more momentum now than at any time in recent history. 23 states have medical marijuana laws, including 4 which have recreational marijuana laws. Many places, including Miami, give Police the option of writing a Civil infraction ($100 fine) rather than a criminal arrest for possession of under 20 grams.
It makes no sense that alcohol, tobacco, and even coffee, all of which contain addictive substances, can be justified as "legal" and marijuana is prohibited. Billions of dollars are made each year in the industry of enforcing criminal marijuana laws. Minorities tend to be the victims. Tobacco and alcohol are unquestionably the "gateway" drugs rather than marijuana.
It would make sense that in a "free' country, citizens would have a right to enjoy marijuana in the privacy of their own homes. Obviously, it should be illegal to drive while under the influence. That problem has been largely solved by designated drivers, Uber, and Lyft. Kids these days are far more responsible than those of a generation ago, who would go to bars and "discos" and then drive home.
The Benefits of the Marijuana Industry
The marijuana industry has gone from multi-million to multi-billion and is projected to grow (more puns) exponentially in the next few years. There are an enormous number of people in this country who consume marijuana unlawfully who are looking forward to being able to do so legally. States have benefitted from the taxes on marijuana. In 2009, Colorado was on the verge of closing schools due to a huge budget deficit. By 2010, that problem had been solved.
Marijuana contains many cannabinoids, such as CBD, which have a positive effect on the human body.
The body has an endocannabinoid system. We have CB receptors in the brain, nervous system, respiratory system, and gastric systems. The limited research allowed has revealed that cannabis has proven a positive treatment in patients with seizure disorders and children suffering from Irretraceable Epilepsy. Research is being conducted in many enlightened nations, and many believe that other cures and treatments will be developed.
In November of 2016, medical marijuana will be on the Florida ballot as Amendment 2. It is a presidential election year, and voter turnout is expected to be great. We hope to see medical marijuana pass in Florida this November.
If you're interested in being a part of the medical marijuana industry in Florida, you should contact the Feiler Marijuana Law Firm. We have experience in Colorado, and I, Jeffrey Feiler, am a Board member of United for Care. Contact me at (305) 662-5663 to get prepared for the many changes Florida can expect if medical marijuana gets legalized in November!