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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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Florida Amendment 2 – Does It Matter?

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On November 4, Florida voters will have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to their state constitution, Amendment 2, to establish a medical marijuana program in that state. The official title reads: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions and the official ballot reads: 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.

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we will discuss Amendment 2 with a panel of experts. But, we would like to get your views. Tell us what you think about Amendment 2. We may read your email or (perhaps) ask you to join us on the air. We know you have opinions on Amendment 2. Send them to: info (at) lifeelsewhere (dot) co

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Life Elsewhere Podcast Featuring Allen Salkin & Heather Greene Available Now!

“Top Notch Radio Host! I enjoyed the interview — rare that I’m asked questions which cause me to have to think so much!” Tweeted Allen Salkin after appearing on the latest edition of Life Elsewhere.

Hear Norman B’s in-depth interview with Allen Salkin, author of From Scratch: The Uncensored History of the Food NetworkAllen reveals the behind-the-scenes history and dishes the dirt on the egos and feuds of the people who made a fledgling upstart into a Cable TV empire. He tells fascinating stories about the network’s most polarizing figures, Guy Fieri, Bobby Flay, Anthony Bourdain, Robert Irvine and of course, Paula Deen. “This is a must-read book!” Says Norman B “Listen to the interview and you’ll understand why.”

Another book Norman B recommends is Whisk(e)y Distilled: A Populist Guide to the Water of Life, written by his second guest, Heather Greenea Spirits Sommelier. Heather‘s book is full of facts and details, witty observations, beautiful photographs and intriguing illustrations. She enthusiastically shares her wealth of knowledge  about a subject that’s rife with misinformation, myths and half-truths.

The program would not be complete without the latest Hit That Never Was, this week featuring a very rare Northern Soul favorite with an unusual history. Recorded in 1969, but for over three decades it lay in the archives of record producer and musician Dave Hamilton, one of the unsung heroes of the Detroit soul scene. A box of tape-reels marked simply ”The Possible Little Ann Album” were discovered by two British soul enthusiasts at Hamilton’s home in 1988. Deep Shadows was recorded by Little Ann, who sadly died in 2003, but she did get to hear her efforts get some acclaim, mostly from the British Northern Soul scene.

Next week we’ll have a live studio discussion on Florida Amendment 2Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions, an initiative that will appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Florida. If enacted this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of medical cannabis to treat certain medical conditions when recommended by a physician. If you have an opinion on either side of this Amendment 2, we would like to hear from you, send your email comments or questions to Norman B (at) Life Elsewhere (dot) co (thats C O).

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Accepting Cannabis Podcast Available Now!

Mary Jane 3The Life Elsewhere debate on Accepting Cannabis is available for download now. Fervent anti-legalization proponent Teresa Miller, founder of ReThinkPot.org goes up against pre-eminent litigation attorney and pro-legalization advocate, Ted Corless. The debate triggered many emails and calls to the studio. You too can join in with your opinions, take a listen to the Podcast and let us know what you think.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features the late, great Muddy Waters with Champagne and Reefer. You too, can hear your Hit That Never Was selection on Life Elsewhere by writing to hitthatneverwas@lifeelsewhere.co

For more information about Cannabis, we recommend Heart of Dankness: Underground Botanists, Outlaw Farmers, and the Race for the Cannabis Cup, by Mark Haskell Smith, a regular contributor to Life Elsewhere.

An Intelligent Debate.

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Times, they certainly are a-changing. It was just a short while ago when The War On Drugs was a wedge issue garnering votes. Many perceptive observers believe a drastic change will occur with the legalization of Cannabis.

Is The War On Drugs being dramatically and rapidly replaced by a movement to Legalize Cannabis? Will the wide-spread acceptance of Cannabis use be a major issue in the 2016 Presidential election? In the next edition of Life Elsewhere we will present both sides of this important topic, which everyone appears to have an opinion on, yet few truly understand the facts. Join us for an intelligent debate with two experts who have opposing views.

Teresa Miller, a community volunteer for over 30 years,  decided to educate herself on the issues regarding legalizing medical marijuana. Based on statistics, studies and findings. Teresa Miller created the website RethinkPot.org, who’s slogan is, “If you don’t think legalizing marijuana will affect you…think again!”

Taking the opposing view is pre-eminent litigation attorney, Ted Corless, who has become an outspoken advocate for the legalization of Cannabis. Mr. Corless created News Munchies, a site offering “Stimulating and spicy commentary in order to find workable solutions to tomorrow’s most tenacious problems”.

Your participation in the program is encouraged. Email your thoughts, opinions and questions to comment@lifeelsewhere.co

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