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PRESS RELEASE: FLORIDA FOR CARE RELEASES PRINCIPLES TO IMPLEMENT AMENDMENT 2

Guided by host of experts, including law enforcement, Florida for Care releases Medical Marijuana Safety and Regulation Principles in Advance of the Draft Publishing.

This November, Floridians will decide an issue of critical importance to Floridians suffering from chronic, debilitating, and often excruciatingly painful conditions: whether to allow medical marijuana.

With the polls continuing to show the passage of Amendment 2 is widely supported by a majority of Floridians, Florida for Care has released its policy principles used to craft its recommended medical marijuana framework. The framework will ensure that when the people speak, a strong, well-regulated medical marijuana system will be ready for implementation under Amendment 2.

The principles were developed by the Florida for Care Blue Ribbon Commission, a commission composed of legal experts, patient advocates, health experts, business leaders, and government representatives, including law enforcement. Their goal is to create the “Gold Standard” of medical marijuana regulations for Florida. The Commission will hold four (4) public meetings to ensure the Legislature is provided a detailed and careful plan to make medical marijuana available to Floridians in need.

“When Amendment 2 passes, it will be helpful for the Legislature to get a head start with implementing legislation,” said Jon Mills, a former Florida Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Commission.

“We brought people with different points of view and identified major principles, visions and policies to be implemented,” Mills continued “I’ve served on numerous commissions during my 40 years of public service, and this group has been sincere, committed, and hard working.” Former Republican Majority Leader, state Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla, who serves as vice chair of the Commission and is publicly opposed to the passage of Amendment 2, said: “Chair Jon Mills and I have led this commission to craft the premier medical marijuana legislation in the country. It’s a conservative bill that protects communities, and gives patient’s access to their medicine. When implemented, the legislation will be highly functional, efficient and will protect our State from the hazards that could emerge without expert preparation, appropriate safeguards and highly regulated for use only by appropriate patients.”

Florida for Care will continue to 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 the State’s 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.

Read: FLORIDA FOR CARE BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION’S PROPOSED PRINCIPLES FOR IMPLEMENTING AMENDMENT 2

 

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  • commented 2014-12-02 14:51:09 -0500
    I would like to verify that we will be seeking a provision to allow patients to grow a small number of plants?

    Ingestion of Cannabis using methods other than smoking (I.E. raw juicing, making tinctures or oils, etc) generally require several ounces of plant material.

    Many patients do not have the financial ability to pay upwards of $300 an ounce for something they could get for as little as a few dollars worth of seeds, some sunshine and water.

    Please do not overlook this provision when drafting either the next bill or any legislative proposals.

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