Why Florida residents need to vote YES on Amendment 2 this November 4th.

There has been a lot of heat on both sides of the fence for this issue, and both sides have presented their arguments from different perspectives. According to some the key points from the who sponsored “The Devil is in the Details” video, there are too many loopholes that jeopardize community integrity.

They are claiming that “Pot Doctors” will replace the “Pill Mills” and overrun the state.

US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz compares marijuana to other prescription drugs and says that such lax regulations and ease of access could lead to abuse, fraud and accidents. She also says she does not believe it should be made easier for people seeking to abuse drugs to have easier access to them. The flaw? Comparing prescription pain killers, such as the infamous Oxycontin, to medical marijuana is like comparing apples to oranges.

How Medical Marijuana compares to Oxycontin, the main drug abused in “Pill Mills”.

Marijuana and Oxycontin are both drugs, but they are vastly different. Marijuana is not highly addictive, in fact the results of studies conducted by the National Institute for Drug Abuse found only 9% of long term users develop dependency to it. What they are comparing it to, Oxycontin, however, is highly addictive and it does not take long for people abusing or even legitimately using it to develop a strong chemical and psychological dependance to it.

The allegation of it leading to more fraud.

As for fraud, Marijuana legalization is done state by sate because it is still not allowed on a federal basis, thus it cannot be officially prescribed under the same governing regulations for federally legal prescription drugs. So fraud? Unlike the “Pill Mill” epidemic where fraud was rampant, the same sense of it has nothing to do with context of legalized marijuana.

What sort of accidents could it cause?

Accidents? Statistically speaking regarding vehicle accidents, you are more likely to get hit by a person trying to text or who is drunk than someone under the influence of Marijuana. In fact, less than 7% of drivers in serious accidents tested positive for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana that produces a “high”) and that doesn’t exclude possible other drugs or alcohol they may of also had.

And, if she was referring to accidents as in accidental overdoses, it would take 20,000 to 30,000 times more THC than what is in a typical dose of medical marijuana to get near lethal. There are absolutely no documented cases of people dying from an accidental overdose of marijuana. At worst, and overdose could result in something akin to a panic attack or mild mania, but even then a lot would have to smoked in a small period of time to produce that result.

In their video they state how they would invade the community and endanger youth.

If in the Doomsday scenario they portray that marijuana dealing shops began to spring up all over the place, including near schools and shopping centers, what then? First off, they are again assuming that it is society’s place and not the parent’s to teach their kids strong moral values. They make it sound like young kids, below teenage years, would be able to just walk into a place and get a hold of marijuana. Not even in the state of California, which they demonized in the video, has such an issue. Teenagers, perhaps, but this is where it would be the place of the community to uphold itself to their own standards and not punish those who truly benefit from the alternative medicine that is medical marijuana.

What voting yes to amendment 2 means.

Voting yes to amendment 2 means that you are allowing people who suffer from debilitating and painful conditions to get treatment. Not just any treatment, but one that does not carry the nasty addiction levels of traditional pain medicine. There are people who suffer because the alternative to pain is being on medication that has side effects like serious addiction, and no one wants to willingly be addicted to anything. Allowing the amendment to pass means that the community has to be accountable for itself and not let the fears driven by media’s sensationalism make them assume the worst. Aside from the genuine medical purposes and needs it could fulfill, it would also be a source of taxable revenue that could generate money in not just sales but also boost the sales of local food markets as well. In short, better treatment options for those in need, community accountability, and more money for the counties and state is what you are voting YES to.