Edwards Appeals To Speaker On Medicinal Pot
State Representative Katie Edwards (D- Broward) today said she politely told Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford that the only way to prevent medicinal marijuana from being on the 2014 Florida ballot was for the legislature to enact some medicinal marijuana measures now to make cannabis available for some people when prescribed by a doctor specifically for a required list of diseases.
“The State can stop the suffering and ease the pain of dying for hundreds of thousands of sick people,” said Katie Edwards. “This isn’t about recreational abuse. This is about a carefully regulated process to prescribe marijuana for sick people who would benefit.”
Edwards noted that last year Washington State and Colorado both legalized the sale, regulation and taxation of marijuana “like alcohol.” “This is not the kind of legalization you saw in those states,” Edwards said. “This is more limited to true medicinal relief for people whose only other alternatives are the pill mills.”
Edwards said she was confident that a coalition of pro-marijuana groups and supportive public office holders would succeed in getting a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot if the state declined to act. Recently, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan announced that he would chair a bi-partisan effort to put the question on the ballot if the legislature takes no action.