Carlos Trujillo just says ‘no’ to medical marijuana Amendment 2

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Miami Republican Rep. Carlos Trujillo said Thursday voters should say “no” to Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Trujillo expressed concerns on enforcing the amendment and also warned edible marijuana could pose a danger to Florida children.

“Amendment 2 would be a disaster for Florida,” Trujillo said. “We already know from states like California that this pot candy is extremely deceptive to children and 2,000 pot shops are the last thing Florida needs. Worst of all, though, if Amendment 2 passes we won’t be able to fix it in the Legislature. It will be a permanent change. I urge all Floridians to vote no on Amendment 2!”

Christina Johnson, the spokeswoman for the VOTE NO on 2 campaign, thanked Trujillo for coming out in opposition to the amendment, and called the proposal “nothing more than a scam.”

Amendment 2, backed by People United for Medical Marijuana, has polled favorably with Florida voters since pollsters started tracking the 2016 attempt, with one recent survey showing 77 percent of voters in favor of the proposal.

In 2014, the medical marijuana fell two points short of the required 60 percent total for adoption, despite most major polls showing it would pass in the weeks leading up to the midterm elections.

As of Oct. 7, People United’s total fundraising had about $750,000 in the bank, while Drug Free Florida, the principal committee opposing the amendment, had about $380,000 on hand.

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3 comments

  • ht salisbury

    October 21, 2016 at 8:47 am

    Thousands of Floridians, due to accidents, medical conditions and major surgery have no other choice than to be administered a narcotic painkiller due to Extreme Pain. Unfortunately many will have conditions or residual pain some being permanent. Narcotic Painkillers are extremely addicting. At this time, Floridians have no Alternative. “YES ON 2″ Is the alternative. If anyone .”Thinks it is a scam” they are seriously mistaken and purposely being misled by The.”No ON 2 Opposition. If you are wondering why I picked Pain and not mentioned the other conditions Medical Marijuana has been showing excellent results with, Here is why. Respected Researchers from the University of Georgia using the governments own Numbers. Proved their Hypothesis that Medical Marijuana is being used as one of the most effective alternatives, to prescribed drugs. Narcotics being number one.

    Read below, their research along with others. Even the CDC acknoweleges it, in their 2016 Recommendations.

    CDC new recommendations released 2016 include the statement to Doctors and Pain Management
    ” We recommend not to test for delta 9 THC as there is no proof that it causes adverse side effects when used with any prescription drug. “Clinicians should not dismiss patients from care based on a urine drug test result because this could constitute patient abandonment and could have adverse consequences for patient safety, potentially including the patient obtaining opioids from alternative sources and the clinician missing opportunities to facilitate treatment for substance use disorder.”

    Sadly few Doctors or Pain management clinics are following these guidelines. The Doctors I have talked to did not even know about the New recommendations.
    CDC new recommendations released 2016 include the statement to Doctors and Pain Management
    ” We recommend not to test for delta 9 THC as there is no proof that it causes adverse side effects when used with any prescription drug. “Clinicians should not dismiss patients from care based on a urine drug test result because this could constitute patient abandonment and could have adverse consequences for patient safety, potentially including the patient obtaining opioids from alternative sources and the clinician missing opportunities to facilitate treatment for substance use disorder.”

    Sadly few Doctors or Pain management clinics are following these guidelines. The Doctors I have talked to did not even know about the New recommendations.
    New York Times;2016
    “ U.S. states that have legalized cannabis use for medical purposes have seen a significant decline in the number of prescription drugs issued through the Medicare program, according to a new study by University of Georgia researchers. The study, led by W. David Bradford and published in the journal Health Affairs, examined 87 million prescribed drugs filled by Medicare Part D enrollees from 2010 through 2013. Savings from the lower number of prescriptions were estimated to be $165.2 million in 2013, when 17 states and the District of Columbia had medical marijuana laws implemented. The researchers state that if medicinal marijuana was legal in all 50 states, savings to Medicare would be about $468 million. But they also acknowledge that patients may not benefit from those savings if they pay for medical marijuana out of pocket, noting insurance doesn’t cover it. The study analysis focused on drugs that treat conditions for which medical marijuana could be suggested as an alternative treatment method–such as depression, anxiety, nausea, chronic pain, sleep disorders, glaucoma, spasticity and more. With the exception of glaucoma and spasticity (a muscle control disorder), all other conditions listed correlated with fewer prescriptions in states with legalized medical marijuana. In states where medical marijuana had not been legalized, the same decline was not observed. Overall, glaucoma cases show the least proven benefit from cannabis use, which may correlate with the minimal decline noted in the study. Cannabis use can relieves eye pressure in glaucoma patients by about 25 percent, but the effects only last for about an hour – making the drug not the ideal option for patients. On the opposite side, pain showed the strongest medical evidence recommending marijuana use, according to the researchers, which in turn was the condition that had the greatest effect on prescriptions for painkillers. More than 1,800 fewer daily doses of painkillers were prescribed, on average, per year in states with legal medical marijuana compared to states where it is illegal”.

  • Travis

    October 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    But thousands of gas stations that sell candy, alcohol, tobacco and other unhealthy consumables are A Ok… The hypocrisy.

  • Baked Smart

    October 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    States like Colorado have already implemented measures to prevent children from gaining access to “pot candy.” Marking your edibles with a safety symbol is the solution to safeguarding edibles outside the package.
    Kids as young as two can learn to avoid foods marked with a green cross!
    https://youtu.be/ZNFTDR2DdUg

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