Pubdate: Thu, 30 Oct 2014
Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune (FL)
Copyright: 2014 Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Author: Thomas D. Logie


A large personal injury law firm is pushing to legalize 
non-prescription marijuana under the guise of "medical marijuana." 
But genuine "Charlotte's Web" medical marijuana is now legal. The 
real need has been met.

Marijuana's THC is stored and gradually released from human tissue 
for six weeks after initially being inhaled, causing laziness and an 
intermittent haze that interferes with coordination, reasoning and 
short-term memory. That in turn interferes with learning.

Police know the damage of marijuana far too well. Legalizing it would 
sink morale and add to law enforcement burdens. Widespread marijuana 
usage beyond the rare cases of genuine medical necessity is a 
disaster. Highways are hazardous enough now. There is no reason to 
add the danger of more stoned drivers.

The Democratic candidate for governor was recently a member of the 
very same law firm that is now pushing Amendment 2. He now favors 
marijuana legalization. The marijuana lobby hopes to seize at one 
stroke the governorship and the Florida Constitution in apparent 
disregard for the terrible damage more widespread marijuana usage would cause.

Both prongs of this well-funded effort should be rejected. Vote No on 
Amendment 2 and for Rick Scott, who supported "Charlotte's Web" but 
opposes Amendment 2.

Thomas D. Logie

North Port
- ---
MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom