Florida Amendment 2 – Expert Opinions

On the next edition of Life Elsewhere we will discuss Florida Amendment 2 with a panel of experts who all agree Florida voters on November 4 should consider their options very carefully. The official ballot reads: Florida Amendment 2 allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients’ medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana. Supporters of Amendment 2 say the measure will help people with debilitating medical conditions. Opponents, on the other hand, argue the amendment is “de facto legalization” of marijuana.

To help us fully understand what Florida Amendment 2 means, we have assembled a panel of experts to offer their opinions. Joining us will be Cathy Jordan, who has ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease and her husband Bob who has been growing marijuana to ease his wife’s suffering. Pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate Ted Corless will explain the legal ramifications of Amendment 2. Ted is also the host of Newsmunchies and a frequent Life Elsewhere contributor. Greg Gerdeman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology at Eckerd College in Saint Petersburg, Florida, teaches courses in Cell Biology, Human Physiology, Receptor Pharmacology and Neuroscience, will talk about his studies as a neurophysiologist with expertise in the endocannabinoid system and mechanisms of drug reward and addiction. Medical Marijuana Researcher Suzanne Sisley M.D. with a practice in Arizona and known nationwide as the Principal Investigator for the only FDA-approved randomized controlled trial looking at the use of medical marijuana to alleviate treatment-resistant post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), will explain why she supports Amendment 2. Distinguished neurologist at University of Southern Florida and Tampa General Hospital, Juan R. Sanchez-Ramos M.D. Ph.D, will lend his expertise to the discussion. Plus, we’ll hear from Eco Farmer and Expert Horticulturist, Robert Tornello and learn about the realities of growing cannabis.

We urge you not to miss this important program on Florida Amendment 2. Full disclosure, we reached out to a number of opponents to Florida Amendment 2, but not one followed up with a representative willing to join the program, (at the time of this post). If you have an opinion on Amendment 2, we would like to hear from you, send your email to: info (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

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  1. The fact that the opposing side of amendment 2 are not responding only seems to prove one thing. When faced with real facts and the truth they back down. I’m a Veteran and suffer with chronic pain and PTSD. I deserve to use something less toxic than morphine and mental health drugs that host a bunch of side effects.

  2. I agree. This plant has been around for for decades. I am sure it has been used for medicinal purposes by tribes throughout history in Western & Eastern culture. If God let it grow freely on this earth, I believe he gave it to humankind to use. Some people are just to ignorant to believe this is true.

  3. I really enjoyed the program. Found it to be very educational and well presented. I do find fault in that the other side felt it necessary to be absent from the discussion. I know they were invited and their refusal to participate tells a lot about what they are really about. Thank you WMNF FM88.5 for an enlightening program Keep up the great work.

  4. Vote ‘YES’ for Travis
    Travis is in pain every day of his life. It is fast becoming unmanageable despite many and varied options we’ve tried. He is restricted to one Hydrocodone a day due to its effect on his damaged kidneys. Marijuana (not processed by the kidneys) has been proven effective treatment for pain without the side effects of narcotics. Despite what many are saying, the non-euphoric marijuana is not legal for him. The opponents are stating that it will be too easy to obtain, but they fail to mention that the Florida Legislature will set the rules to whom/how much can be sold. Thousands of Floridians can be helped with medical marijuana with fewer side effects than alcohol or narcotics.

  5. I voted yes. I am experiencing the stigma of vocally backing 2. I believe in the right to vote and the freedom to promote 2. If I can help those with debilitating illnesses then it is all worth it. Compassion is coming.

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