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Sunday, 30 June 2002 00:00

Cannabis In The Florida Legislature

The original laws in Florida against cannabis were based upon the 1933 Laws of Florida, Chapter 16087, §1(14) when Narcotic Drugs were defined to include “coca leaves, opium, cannabis and every substance neither chemically nor physically distinguishable from them.” The punishment for offenses related to those situations did not make a distinction based on the quantity involved, but did specify that for the first offense a fine of $5,000, 5 years in prison, or both, could be imposed. No laws concerning marijuana or cannabis were…
Did you see all the cannabis-related businesses already registered with the State of Florida in anticipation of a legal statewide cannabis market? Given it is the proposed Low-THC / High-CBD legislation coming to fruition, businesses built on an assumption Florida’s model will look like a dried flower cannabis shop are risking their investment. For example, classes being held throughout the state are spreading the notion that cannabis, as we have previously seen in other states, will be coming to Florida. Florida CAN is advising the…
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 18:29

How Does HB 843/SB 1030 Affect You?

Around the country, lawmakers are considering passing bills that allow for medical use of cannabis strains that have a specified percentage of two cannabinoids, THC and CBD. The plant itself has nearly 500 known active chemicals. Everyone is talking about the low THC, high CBD version of cannabis. So what is the all the hype about? The most well-known strain of high CBD, low THC cannabis is grown under the trade name, Charlotte’s Web. Florida lawmakers heard testimony on January 9, 2014 about the amazing…
Florida is not alone in considering bills allowing low THC, high CBD marijuana to be grown and processed. Lawmakers in Georgia, Utah, Kentucky and Alabama are also considering ways to ensure a non-euphoric strain of cannabis, known as “Charlotte’s Web” gets to their constituents. The people responsible for Charlotte’s Web – the Stanley Family of Colorado – have gained national notoriety for creating Realm Oil. Realm Oil, a thick substance extracted from the Charlotte’s Web strain is showing great promise for people with certain seizure…
Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:20

A rose by any other name…

David Jones is joining me this week in Tallahassee. After a Valentine’s weekend of non-negotiable family time, we are back up for the final week of pre-session committee hearings. This morning found David and I both up before the sun. Today, we need to combat the damage done last Wednesday by Calvina Faye and Save Our Society (from drugs). We were content to support House Bill 843 (HB843)- as a great hemp bill. Removing low THC strains of cannabis from the Controlled Substance Act would…
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 10:20


I am baffled by the reaction of some people to our work here in Tallahassee. We are being accused of undermining efforts to elect Charlie Crist by attempting to pass a good bill right now that give patients access in 2014. If someone you love is, God-forbid, diagnosed with a terminal, untreatable, or permanent disease or condition, do you want the option to use cannabis? If the diagnosis is January 2015, are you content to wait another year before you have legal, safe access to…
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…
Monday, 03 February 2014 19:24

Counterpoint to Save Our Society from Drugs

Save Our Society from Drugs is running the show for the Reefer Madness dinosaurs. Calvina Fay and her staff are busy at work, scurrying to find the remaining scraps of Drug War platitudes that still fly and juicing them up with some old school lies, damn lies and statistics (or at least a statistical fallacy). You can compare my response to the original form letter.  You can click-n-send the corrected version I made or edit it yourself. Either way our elected officials can benefit knowing…
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 23:58

Paperwork, paperwork

No matter what job you do, it seems paperwork is just part of the package. Working the Florida legislature is relationships and paperwork, than more paperwork. Each day lawmakers are in Tallahassee is ripe with opportunities but taking advantage of the opportunities isn’t blind luck. Assuring we are meeting the right people is part political science, part standing in the right hall and part pre-planning. Each day, we pre-plan the members of the Florida House and Senate we want to see. Tomorrow, a patient named…
Thursday, 09 January 2014 20:53

Walk a Mile in my Shoes

Do you remember the saying, “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes?” Every time I stay a few days with Cathy Jordan, I am reminded of that saying. Most people don’t know that the best doctors in Ohio declared me permanently partially disabled. That was after I began using cannabis. Prior to the use of cannabis, I was just permanently disabled. People don’t look at me and think “patient.” My experience is so similar to the millions of other stories…
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