Florida Rep Proposes Legalizing Medical Marijuana

Could Florida be the next state to legalize medical marijuana?

That’s the hope of state Representative Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth, Florida Democrat who has introduced a proposed amendment to the state constitution.

Speaking to the press on Thursday, Clemens said that there was no good reason to have people using synthetic drugs like oxycodone and methadone while a natural, safer drug – cannabis – is banned.

If his proposal is accepted, it would be put on the state ballot in November, 2012, where 60 percent of voters would have to approve it, but chances are high that it will never make it that far. Why? Because first Clemens needs three fifiths of the Florida House and Senate to approve it, and both are controlled by Republicans.

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11 Responses to Florida Rep Proposes Legalizing Medical Marijuana

  1. Bud Selektor says:

    Let’s hope that Florida’s House and Senate can realize the tax revenue, at least, and get this on the state ballot!

  2. Eric says:

    Unfortunately, in Republican-controlled states, the chances of legalizing medical marijuana – or any type of pot – are slim. The pharmaceutical companies have a firm hold on the medical industry and by teaming with Republicans they have found ways to keep legal medical marijuana to a minimum.

  3. Nix says:

    I really hope for Florida that they can at least get this on the ballot and start bringing more attention to the issue. It’s true that cannabis is a safer pain medication than other pharmaceutical drugs that are expensive and highly addictive. But with the Republican majority in Florida it’s more than likely gonna get shot down, but I wish them luck and hope that they can start to make waves for change!

  4. Marijuanamama says:

    It still amazes me that when drugs like methadone, oxycontin, and oxycodone are talked about people can not get together in their views that cannabis would definitely be a better alternative measure. If you have ever taken any of these “legal” drugs you know that the effects from them are really some serious stuff. Yet the government continues to discuss keeping them legal and it turns into such a debate for legalization of marijuana.
    I will always be flabbergasted that anyone even has to think about it. Cannabis is being proven more everyday that it has legitimate medical benefits to so many different medical patients. Yet the so-called intelligent members of society still have to decide if it should be legal.
    When will they just get past the fact that it is weed and realize there are wonderful things about it. I really hope that Florida is able to place this issue on the ballot for the people to decide. It needs to be a matter of what is right and wrong as far as medical issues go, I get really tired of the Republican, Democratic crap. Why can’t we just be Americans who care about our country’s medical problems?

  5. This is exactly why I hate politics. It gets in the way. Medical Marijuana could be a great resource for the state, but people and their personal opinions are standing in the way of progress. Best of Luck Florida.

  6. Ha-Y-N Boi In CO says:

    Do i hear another state legalizing marijuana? I HOPE I DO! i agree with Clemens 100%, all these chemicals get addicting, marijuana doesn’t…some of these chemicals you can overdose on, can’t overdose on marijuana…the facts all point to legalizing MMJ as a safer medicine.

  7. HolyKush says:

    This would be a good thing for the people of FL. They should have safe access to medical marijuana. This will give the police more time to focus on the cocaine trade and gangs.

  8. panred says:

    In my opinion, medi/mari will go nowhere in Florida for the following reasons–the Republican majority, combined with the huge prescription drug issues Florida has to deal with, and the average age of Florida residents. Florida is in a mess because of their lack of prescription drug database. Pain clinics are able to dispense drugs, which are not tracked like they are in other states, and these drugs end up creating a huge black market. There is no way Florida will throw marijuana into this mix.

  9. Medicator says:

    It will be really interesting to see what happens regarding medical marijuna in Florida. I agree there are many reasons why it may not ever get to the voters, but if it can pass in ARIZONA, it can pass anywhere!

  10. lindzzz says:

    We can only hope that regardless of the fact that most of Florida’s House and Senate Members are Republicans, they can see beyond political party lines and into the interest of the people. I hope that the people who are supposed to represent the citizens of Florida take the time to consider what a better quality of life that medical cannabis can give to people. There are so many positives to medical cannabis and so little negatives, and the more states that legalize it, the more our federal government will have to consider it a wish of the majority. The people who are for medical cannabis cannot stand by idly and be crushed by the will of a few old-fashioned thinkers. I hope that the House of Representatives and the Senate fully considers the benefits of cannabis as a medical resource.

  11. Chief says:

    Great, a lawmaker who knows what he’s talking about. But I also agree that this will be a challenge for the cause because of the majority of Republicans. But for some reason I can totally see them compromising just enough for this thing to go through.