Pass Legislation For The Medical Use of Cannabis: Pass HJR 353/SJR 1028
  • Petitioned Mike Haridopolos

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Mike Haridopolos
Criminal Justice Subcommittee
Representative Eric Eisnaugle
Florida Governor
Florida State Senate
Florida State House

Pass Legislation For The Medical Use of Cannabis: Pass HJR 353/SJR 1028

    1. Daniel Petty
    2. Petition by

      Daniel Petty

      Coral Springs, FL

With 81% of Americans supporting allowing medical marijuana, it is time Florida stops jailing its most vulnerable citizens for possessing and using a relatively harmless substance recommended to them by their physicians.

Although Florida courts, public opinion, and 16 other states (and D.C.) reflect a trend that recognizes the legitimate use of medical marijuana, Florida patients remain exposed to the state's harsh possession laws. Every single medical marijuana patient in Florida continues to live in fear because Florida's penalties for possessing small amounts of marijuana are among the nations toughest.

Florida has a total state debt of approximately $139,156,956,000, when calculated by adding the total of outstanding official debt, pension and other post-employment benefits (OPEB) liabilities, Unemployment Trust Fund loans, and the budget gap. So why not legalize the medical use of cannabis in order to generate revenue to help pay off Florida's debt. With California generating $50-100 million in sales tax annually, Florida, a state half the size be capable of generating $25-$50 million in sales tax?

Legalizing medical marijuana will also help clean up Florida's prisons, which currently are overflowing. First off, drug abuse is a medical problem, not a problem for our judicial system. Our government is wasting necessary resources and clogging our courts and prisons up with non-violent drug offenders instead of devoting said resources to tracking down the violent criminals who pose the real threat. We must make this change before Florida's prisons are converted to for-profit private prisons. These are our Brothers, Sisters, Sons, Daughters, Fathers, Mothers, Grandparents and friends that are being imprisoned and/or fined for possession of marijuana. We cannot allow such harsh penalties for such a harmless drug leave our loved ones vulnerable to becoming a profitable market for private prisons.

For the clinical applications of cannabis, please follow the link  http://norml.org/pdf_files/NORML_Clinical_Applications_for_Cannabis_and_Cannabinoids.pdf

In summary, with public opinion, Florida’s need for revenue to pay off it’s massive debt, the over-crowding of Florida prisons, and the clinical applications of cannabis, being only the highlighted arguments for the many reasons for legalizing cannabis. Representative Ron Paul summarizes the argument up best:

"Regardless of where one stands on the broader drug war, we should all be able to agree on the subject of medical marijuana. Here, the use of an otherwise prohibited substance has been found to relieve unbearable suffering in countless patients. How can we fail to support liberty and individual responsibility in such a clear-cut case? What harm does it do to anyone else to allow fellow human beings in pain to find the relief they need? What kind of 'compassionate conservatism' is this?"

The only question left to ask is, why has Florida not passed this legislation already.

The proposal, HJR 353/SJR 1028, would have to first pass through both the House and the Senate in Florida. If this happens, a ballot question will be put before the people of Florida to add a medical marijuana provision to the state constitution. The ballot question would need to get 60% support in order to become law.

 

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    1. An Email I received from our friend Kathy Day

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Dear Friend in the Effort,

      Let's get the legislation passed this session -
      I want to let you know about 3 important items for getting the legislation passed -

      Petition to Governor Rick Scott -

      http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6938

      Letter to Committee Leadership -

      http://takeaction.realreformact.com/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=6917

      If you haven't heard, I also want to tell you about a new website http://www.FlDecides.org - the website to watch for sign and send letters throughout the legislative session. Keep your eye on this one.

      Sincerely,
      Kathy Day
      Petition creator
      Together we can make medicinal use a reality in Florida

    2. This petition is not just about a couple of signatures

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      It is for the sole effort of providing pressure on our elected officials to allow this provision to be added on the ballet for the citizens of Florida can vote for themselves if they are ready for the legalization of medical marijuana.

      So any coinciding effort that helps increase pressure on our representatives must be considered an ally and therefore has our full cooperation to see our main goal realized. To get the question of legalizing medicinal cannabis on the ballot for Floridians to vote on.

      So please check up on petition updates and sign other petitions mentioned that will help us move our purpose forward.

      The first one I posted is a mailing campaign, the other that is posted on the 4th of January is a petition to circumvent the subcommittees that sit on the legislation until it dies and instead brings the legislation straight to the floor for a floor debate and hopefully following, a debate.

      You can help by maintaining pressure on our officials by any means possible.

    3. FWD: Florida Medicinal Use of Cannabis Discharge Petition

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Florida Medicinal Use of Cannabis Discharge Petition

      Hi,

      Joint Resolutions for Medicinal Use of Cannabis (SJR 1028 and HJR 353) have not been placed on the agenda for any of its committees It has been referred to.

      It has been referred to the following (sub)committees in the Florida House of Representatives Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Health & Human Services Committee, Judiciary Committee. In the Florida Senate it has been referred to Health Regulation, Judiciary, Budget, Rules Committees.

      A discharge petition would permit a floor debate bypassing the committees allowing the the Resolutions to be heard, debated, and voted on.

      That's why I signed a petition to The Florida State House and The Florida State Senate, which says:

      "We the citizens of Florida call upon the members of the Florida House and Florida Senate to sign a discharge petition to permit a floor debate on the Joint Resolutions for Medicinal Use of Cannabis (SJR 1028 and HJR 353)."

      Will you sign

    4. 25 Signatures Reached!

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you to everyone who signed the petition and a special thanks to those of you who have spread the word and asked others to sign the petition.

      Let's keep up the hard work and make 50 signatures by the end of next week!

    5. Reached 25 signatures
    6. It Turns Out That Smoking Marijuana May Actually Make You A Safer Driver

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      An amazing study authored by professors D. Mark Anderson (University of Montana) and Daniel Rees (University of Colorado) shows that traffic deaths have been reduced in states where medical marijuana is legalized.
      According to their findings, the use of medical marijuana has caused traffic related fatalities to fall by nearly nine percent in states that have legalized medical marijuana (via The Truth About Cars).
      The study notes that this is equal to the effect raising the drinking age to 21 had on reducing traffic fatalities.
      One key factor is the reduction in alcohol consumption. The study finds that there is a direct correlation between the use of marijuana and a reduction in beer sales, especially in the younger folks aged 20-29.

      To read more, follow the link posted.

    7. 10 SIGNATURES REACHED!

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Lets keep spreading the word!

      Attached is a guide to help promote the petition.

      Lets make 50 our next goal!

    8. Reached 10 signatures
    9. Also be sure to visit People United for Medical Marijuana - Florida

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Be sure to download, print, sign, and mail their petition as well. We need to petition from every angle possible.

      Florida's Ballot Initiative:
      Number of verified signatures: 29,922 as of 10/29/2011
      Valid signatures needed: 676,811 by 2/1/2012

    10. More information on HJR 353

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      A Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment may appear on the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. More specifically, the proposed amendment would allow patients to use marijuana if prescribed by a doctor but would not allow smoking in public places. Additionally, it would not require insurance companies to cover it and employers wouldn't be required to allow employees to smoke pot on the job.
      According to reports, it is estimated that the measure would generate $5 million to $12 million a year in tax revenue. (I believe it could generate $25-50 million in tax revenue alone)
      The bill is sponsored by Rep. Jeff Clemens.
      If the bill is referred to the ballot, it would require 60 percent voter approval for adoption.

    11. HJR 1407 may be dead but HJR 353 has risen

      Daniel Petty
      Petition Organizer

      Let's help Rep. Jeff Clemens get this bill passed!

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