Pubdate: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
Source: Florida Today (Melbourne, FL)
Copyright: 2013 Florida Today
Author: John Ryan


The drug cartel collects millions of American dollars from bringing 
marijuana to the United States. Millions that could be spent in our 
state to help pay our teachers and fund education instead of 
deepening the pockets of the drug cartel.

Not to mention the amount of tax dollars we spend to house people who 
have been convicted of marijuana charges and the cost of prosecuting 
these people. In Florida, more people are incarcerated for 
marijuana-related charges than DUI, murder and robbery combined.

Keeping marijuana illegal is not keeping anyone from using it. So why 
don't we make it legal to use as a medicine? Why won't our officials 
put it on the ballot for Florida residents to vote on? Nineteen other 
states have made marijuana legal as a medicine and have received 
great profits from it.

People need to stand for what they believe and contact their state senators.

Florida Senate Bill 1250 is dead in the water. It never even got a 
chance to be reviewed by the health policy committee.

Marijuana may not be a form of medication some people would choose to 
use, but isn't that what America is about, the right to choose?

A law firm is planning to help get the medical marijuana issue on the 
ballot next year, but we can't just wait for it to happen. People for 
medical marijuana need to voice their opinions, or Florida will stay the same.

John Ryan

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