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Floridians should vote for Amendment 2, even if they don't need or want medical marijuana.

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Compare Florida governor candidates' positions on Medical Marijuana. You will be surprised. Passing Amendment 2 does not guarantee that Floridians will get it, if the wrong governor is elected.

Compare the candidate's positions on medical marijuana, and then decide for the candidate who makes sense to you.

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Republican governor Rick Scott's website says nothing about medical marijuana--or, amazingly, about his position on any other issue. Scott has stated that he is against medical marijuana. He just signed the "Charlotte's Web" bill, authorizing low-THC marijuana for certain diseases, if you can find a doctor who paid $5,000 for state certification to prescribe it. And if it is grown by one of the few plant nurseries in Florida who have been in business for 30 years, can grow 400,000 plants, and will post a $5 million bond with the state. That's "Republican medical marijuana" from the Florida legislature: trying to look like they care about people but protecting big business.

Democrat Charlie Crist supports medical marijuana, but as for recreational marijuana, "not at this time". As former Republican attorney general "Chain Gang Charlie", and later Republican governor, Crist enforced the toughest anti-marijuana laws in the U.S. and plenty of people paid the price. We are still paying the price in higher social costs for that. Now as a Democrat he supports medical marijuana because his biggest contributor (and employer) attorney John Morgan backed the ballot initiative.

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Democrat Nan Rich's website lists her positions on several issues, but not a word about marijuana.

Libertarian Adrian Wyllie says marijuana should be legalized, and medical marijuana is "a natural choice for pain relief." But he does not mention what he would do about legalizing weed or implementing medical marijuana.

Economist and independent candidate Farid Khavari supports medical marijuana and full legalization as well. He is the only candidate who points out the crucial role of the governor in implementing medical marijuana according to the terms of Amendment 2. The Amendment says that the Department of Health (which reports to the governor) is to make the rules and get medical marijuana out there in 6 months--or after 9 months of not doing it, any person in Florida can sue the state--so if a governor decides to drag his feet, it could take years for the people to get what they want. The Amendment also says the legislature can jump in, and we've seen what Republican medical marijuana rules look like. Khavari promises to veto any legislation that interferes with medical marijuana or any attempt to allow big business into marijuana in Florida. He pledges to force the Dept. of Health to put out sensible rules and have medical marijuana in Florida within 6 months, with sensible regulations but without ridiculous requirements for doctors or patients.

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Anti-marijuana forces are starting a propaganda blitz to protect the interests of prison companies, police and sheriff's unions, the alcohol and pharmaceutical cartels--and of course the illegal drug cartels, too. Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson gave $2.5 million to scare people into voting against Amendment 2. Don't drink the lemonade without asking who's selling it! Please vote for Amendment 2, even if you don't need or want medical marijuana. It's supported by over 80% of Florida voters but in this state it takes only 23% of Florida's voters (Scott won with 23.3%) to win an election because so many people don't vote.

Scott and Crist are spending over $100 million to tell voters how bad each other of them is. If even 10% of what they say is true, neither of them should be governor. Would you trust either of them to implement medical marijuana?


 

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Farid A. Khavari, Ph.D., is a noted economist and independent candidate for Florida governor in 2014. He is the author of 10 books including Environomics: the Economics of Environmentally Safe Prosperity (1993) and Toward a Zero Cost Economy (more...)
 

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