Tallahassee Democrat: The Florida Sheriffs Association is putting its credibility at risk in a misguided campaign to stop patients from getting safe, legal medicinal marijuana when their doctors recommend it. On behalf of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an organization of law-enforcement officials who once enforced these laws — and as a former Customs special agent — I want you yo know that many of us in law enforcement support providing compassionate care for people suffering with disease.Read more
By Saundra Young, CNN -- States that have legalized marijuana for managing chronic pain have significantly fewer deaths from prescription painkiller overdoses each year, according to a new study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Researchers looked at medical marijuana laws and death certificate data in all 50 states between 1999 and 2010. During that time, just 13 states had medical marijuana laws in place.Read more
THE GAINESVILLE SUN, Bradford County Sheriff Gordon Smith has taken a refreshingly constructive approach to a ballot measure that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.
Unlike some of his fellow sheriffs, who are stoking fears to try to defeat the measure, Smith is engaging proponents in an attempt to address his concerns.
SUN SENTINEL, by Ben Pollara - Anyone arguing that the constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida is inherently flawed because it leaves broad authority to the state Department of Health should look to SB 1030 to see what happens when the department is not given such broad authority to do its job.Read more
DAYTONA BEACH NJ, by Jim Manfre, sheriff of Flagler County - As most readers are probably aware, earlier this year 63 of my fellow Florida sheriffs came out publicly against the medical marijuana amendment on the ballot this November. I was not among them.Read more
By Matthew Peddie, 90.7 WMFE News, Orlando - A commission created to help guide the implementation of medical marijuana law in Florida will meet for the first time this week. Florida for Care says it wants to create a gold standard for medical marijuana in the state.Read more
By Chris Joseph - With the vote on medical marijuana a mere four months away, a group chaired by both those who advocate and those who are opposed to medical weed has formed a Blue Ribbon Commission to provide research, expert opinions, and feedback on a wide range of medical marijuana issues.Read more
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.Read more
By Jason Lanning , Bay News 9 - TALLAHASSEE - Voters won't decide until November on whether to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. But this week, the state rolled out a plan for the marijuana industry - at least on a form of the drug that has already been approved.Read more
Now that medical marijuana is legal in Florida officials now must decide how to regulate it. The process begins Monday in Tallahassee when the Department of Health holds a day-long workshop on implementing SB 1030, which authorizes prescriptions for low-THC cannabis for a specific set of patients.Read more