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Florida For Care Created To Advocate For Implementation Of Amendment 2

PRESS RELEASE: Guided by host of experts, including law enforcement, Florida for Care Seeks to Craft Medical Marijuana Safety and Regulation Proposals in Advance of Election.

This November, Florida will decide an issue of critical – for some, life and death – importance to Floridians suffering from chronic, debilitating, and often excruciatingly painful conditions: whether to legalize medical marijuana.

With polls showing its passage widely supported by a majority of Floridians, Florida for Care - a new and innovative advocacy group - announced today that it has begun the meticulous preparations to ensure that when the people speak, a strong, well-regulated medical marijuana system will be ready for implementation under Amendment 2.

To guide its mission, Florida for Care has organized a “Blue Ribbon Commission”, composed of legal experts, patient advocates, health experts, business leaders, and government representatives, including law enforcement, to provide research, expert opinions, and feedback on a wide range of medical marijuana issues. Its purpose is to help formulate a medical marijuana “Gold Standard” for Florida.

"This commission will provide a detailed and careful plan to make medical marijuana available to Floridians in need,” said Jon Mills, a former Florida Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Commission. “The citizens in over 20 states have this option for care. If the voters support this option, we want to provide a thorough analysis of the best policies to make compassionate care available to our families and fellow citizens."

Former state Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who serves as vice chair of the Commission and is publically opposed to the passage of Amendment 2, noted: “The purpose is not to reinvent the wheel, it’s to ensure that our wheel is highly functional, efficient and protected from the hazards that could emerge without expert preparation, appropriate safeguards and highly regulated for use only by the people, who are defined by a physician as really needing it.” 

The Blue Ribbon Commission will also serve as a resource for policy makers and their staff as they seek to develop and support medical marijuana policies. Its recommendations will be the basis for legislation Florida for Care intends to help spearhead, setting the standard for what a state medical marijuana system should look like and how it can function most effectively.  

Florida for Care’s three principal tenets central to its mission are: safe, affordable patient access; a tightly controlled state regulatory structure; and a robust, free-market commercial enterprise.

For interview requests with Chair Mills, Vice Chair Diaz de la Portilla and other Commission members, please contact Kari Hicks at kari@floridaforcare.org.

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  • commented 2014-07-11 17:02:32 -0400
    The last paragraph really threw me for a loop. How can you have all 3 of those components? The last, a robust free market commercial enterprise is almost laughable if not a slap in the face to those that are sick, disabled and barely getting by on very limited income. Everything I am seeing so far is all about either an overly paranoid state worried about ‘control’ and the folks that are going to make a lot of money. Because the people this was supposed to help to begin with will not be allowed to grow a couple of plants on their own, thus controlling what promises to be very over priced medicine not covered by insurance, there is little mystery as to who will benefit here. I can’t begin to express my disappointment and concern for those that really need this medicine.

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