Medical Marijuana and Cannabis News
Florida voters failed to get enough "yes" votes for medical cannabis yesterday by about two percentage points. Voters approved the bill overwhelmingly, with 58 percent for the measure and only 42 percent against it. But a 60 percent approval rating was needed to pass Amendment 2.
Amendment 2 supporters were disheartened but promised to run the measure again in the future.
The last we'd heard from Renee Petro, the Florida pot advocate whose story was highlighted in the Dallas Observer recent feature on medical marijuana refugees, the pint-sized parent was still fighting to obtain cannabis for her son, Branden, a FIRES sufferer. Branden's debilitating seizures were spiraling out of control, and like the other parents in our story, Renee found herself caught between conflicting state laws and ideologies on medical marijuana. Traditional treatments weren't working for Branden, and in Florida -- much like Texas -- when it came to matters of medical marijuana, her hands were tied.
Rene Petro and fellow CannaMoms in California.
Well, not anymore. After about three weeks on a cannabis protocol, Branden is now quite likely to test positive for THC -- legally. More from Angelic Leicht at the Dallas Observer.
Iowa lawmakers seem rather slow to respond to outside stimulus. In 2010, the state Board of Pharmacy said lawmakers should consider allowing Iowans to access legal medical marijuana. The suggestion was completely ignored at the time, but the Board says they need to consider it now.
So once again, the Board of Pharmacy is going to take up the issue and will hold a hearing November 17 to get public input.
We've told you already today about the close race in Florida to legalize medical marijuana, but there's at least three other major marijuana votes today to keep an eye on.
Florida voters today will decide whether or not to legalize limited amounts of marijuana for medical use. While the measure initially polled well, it's approval has fallen in recent weeks and supporters say they need every last vote they can muster -- notably that of the state's large senior population.
Robert Platshorn, legendary smuggler and marijuana legalization proponent.
With such a possible historical swing in the offing, we decided to touch base with one of Florida's biggest proponents of marijuana reform, a guy who's truly given his life to the cause: Robert Platshorn. But even Bobby Tuna himself is iffy on the amendment's chances.
"At this point, I think it's 51 percent we will, and 49 percent we won't pass amendment two," Platshorn told New Times Monday afternoon. "I'm concerned because of the way the polls have yo-yoed up and down. And the fact that the no campaign was able to run what was virtually a Reefer Madness campaign."
Too lazy to get off the couch to pick up your pot? Soon, you'll be able to order your weed with the tap of a finger.
The app Nestdrop, which already delivers alcohol on demand, is expanding to marijuana with a soft launch in L.A. at the end of October. Co-founder Michael Pycher says the app will offer delivery, within the hour, for valid patients in a broad area between Downtown, Manhattan Beach and Encino/Tarzana.
Buddha Tahoe OG.
A somewhat surprising number of Florida's biggest and most influential newspapers have come out against medical marijuana. The Orlando Sentinel, the Tampa Bay Times, and the Florida Times-Union are just a few. None of those editorials actually bashes the idea of medical marijuana. They're cool with it, in theory. They just think that it should be an issue decided on by the Florida Legislature and that the amendment is too vague and will cause some sort of abuse. What kind of abuse? No one knows -- the editorials are being very vague about it.
This of course ignores two key points:
1. There is no way the Florida Legislature in its current Republican-controlled form will legalize medical marijuana (and this amendment failing will give it more reasons not to do so).
2. Floridians already smoke tons and tons and tons of marijuana.
Sitting cross-legged on the floor in her apartment outside of Houston, Faith's mother looks over at the toddler repeatedly as she talks. There are no physical indicators that signal the start of a seizure, but Faith's mother can tell one is on its way. Everything about raising Faith involves watching and waiting, and today is no different.
Suddenly, Faith's mom jumps up, her words stalling mid-sentence, and makes her way to the mat where the chocolate-haired child is lying. She plops down next to her daughter, gives her moon face and chubby-cherub limbs a once-over, and places a hand across her tiny chest, feeling for any sign of what's to come. It's an unnerving ritual, the watching and waiting, but Faith's mom can feel what is happening in her own bones. She knows that Faith is about to seize.
The Houston Press took a look at medical marijuana refugees from Texas, and it's a compelling read.
As we enter the final stretch for elections, news had been quite somber for the passage of medical marijuana. After a year of strong initial polling that indicated Amendment 2 would be pushed through by voters, recent weeks have shown that the initiative was in danger of falling short and failing to pass. One pollster even said medical marijuana in Florida "is done."
But a new poll conducted in the past week by public opinion research firm Anzalone Liszt Grove -- called one of the most reliable pollsters by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver -- shows that Amendment 2 is still very much alive and, according to this data, will pass come November 4.
Did marijuana contribute to -- and perhaps even cause -- the death of Michael Brown, whose shooting by a police officer caused weeks of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri? That's the implication of a blog post by Dr. Christian Thurstone, an addiction specialist who's also a major player in Project SAM, a national organization fighting to prevent greater access to cannabis.
Project SAM has already distanced itself from Thurstone's post after initially hyping it, following a Twitter spat with marijuana reformers. Meanwhile, Thurstone's position echoes previous suggestions by Christine Tatum, his wife and co-blogger, that pot may have played a role in the Boston Marathon bombing and the Columbine and Aurora theater shootings. Denver Westword has more.