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