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.