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Monday, 10 February 2014 18:44

Response to Florida Sheriffs Association Resolution Opposing the Legalization of the Use, Possession, Cultivation, Delivery and Sale of Marijuana.

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Florida Sheriff's Association released their position on marijuana last month. Here is my response:

Florida Sheriff's Association,

I take exception to the questionable information asserted in the Florida Sheriffs Association Resolution. I believe that allowing marijuana, especially for medicine, in Florida will increase public safety, improve the lives of patients, remove barriers to needed research and save taxpayer money.

Marijuana meets none of the standards required to be a Schedule I drug. Its placement there is a purely political error that should not stop Florida and its citizens from receiving the benefit of a substance that so many doctors and patients agree is nontoxic, non-addictive, therapeutic and able to be safely administered by a physician.

There is a growing body of study that shows cannabis kills many types of cancer, including one posted to the NIH December 24 on CBD Extract and colon cancer. Rejecting smoked marijuana as medicine is not the same as saying that the whole plant is useless as a medicine or that other delivery methods should be equivocated with smoking marijuana.

There is no reason that marijuana should be controlled any more stringently than alcohol. Its potential use as a food supplement, topical supplement and personal enjoyment make its prohibition untenable, regardless of its official status as a medicine. People know what to use it for, and it is safe to use experimentally under a doctor’s care. The FDA exists to protect people from impure, harmful or useless substances. Marijuana is none of those things.

THC is a non-toxic substance that can be therapeutically beneficial and does not need to make any health claims to be successful in the market. No claims, no FDA, right? High THC strain marijuana is good for people who benefit from high THC because less of the plant needs to be consumed. This is especially preferential when smoking.

Substance abuse is a serious problem, and by focusing on marijuana, where "dependence" applies to just about any regular user, you are diminishing the real harms brought to a community by harder drugs and alcohol. Cannabis is a safer alternative to hard drugs, and its use has been known in many cases to reduce or end the need for heavy narcotics, even in "legitimate" chronic pain patients, making it an exit drug from had addiction

Medical marijuana normalizes the use of marijuana, making it much less interesting to rebellious teens.While correlational studies are helpful in beginning to understand the dynamics of a situation, but they do not distinguish what causes what. Marijuana use does not cause hard drug use. The fallacy becomes crystal clear considering that most criminals drank milk and had fluoride in their water at an early age. The argument is invalid on its face. Millions of people use marijuana, and most of them never have a problem and never go on to hard drugs. The Gateway theory has been debunked.

Legalizing marijuana even just for medicine makes our communities safer by controlling distribution points. It improves the lives of patients by giving them assurances of a pure supply, a safer alternative to pain medication, and a nausea medication that is unmatched in the pharmacopeia in both safety and effectiveness. It opens the door to needed research in Florida. Cannabis shows tremendous promise with the treatment of TBI, epilepsy and even many forms of cancer -- without toxic side effects.

Marijuana is not a threat to public safety, and any officer worth his or her salt should be reprimanded for saying so, especially as it relates to index crime, especially domestic violence. If you like correlational studies, you can also look at the one showing safer highways and fewer suicides in states that have passed medical marijuana legislation. Marijuana has been blamed for so many personal failures, it has become an excuse for bad behavior, which is unacceptable. People need to be accountable to their own actions and their damage to others.

Speculation over what will happen when marijuana is legal is just that. Marijuana is not addictive, though it can be habit-forming. The health risks associated with it tend to be extremely exaggerated or false when subjected to scrutiny. People who use marijuana tend to be healthy and make less impact on the healthcare system at large. They can stop using marijuana without physical withdrawal. Freeing beds used by people currently forced into treatment for marijuana would mean that we could focus on the real problems of hard drug and alcohol addiction.

I invite the Florida Sheriff's Association to commission a more thorough, unbiased study of all the facts surrounding the current body of knowledge on marijuana. I believe The Association will likely find this resolution to be based on old information, much of which is propaganda used to fill a gap that once existed in the knowledge of the marijuana plant. That gap has now been filled by research done by over 20 states that preceded Florida in this endeavor. I urge the Association to reverse its position on this issue..

Sincerely,

 

David McKinney

Executive Board
Florida Cannabis Action Network

P.S. On the off chance that there might be budgetary concerns not mentioned in the resolution, the economic engine created by the industry should be more than sufficient to account for the loss in revenue caused by the inability to seize the assets of marijuana users.

 
 
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