After all these years, medical marijuana is finally on the ballot here in Florida. Amendment 2 needs 60% of the votes to pass. If it does, Florida will join the other 23 states ( and Washington, D.C. ) that have legalized medical marijuana. Those states are mostly in the west and north east. Florida is important because it is one of the only states in the South that’s Constitution allows for voter referendums.
Way back in the late 90’s, when I was Associate Director of CAMM, Coalition Advocating Medical Marijuana, I did a statewide campaign with federal patient Elvy Musikka and Kevin Aplin from CAN, Cannabis Action Network. That’s was with the help of a grant from MPP, Marijuana Policy Project.
That grassroots campaign helped pave the way for PUFFM, People United for Medical Marijuana and United for Care. SSDP, Students for a Sensible Drug Policy played a big role too mobilizing students across the state to gather signatures. Many lifetimes and acronyms later here we are poised to stand up to the federal government and defend the rights of medical marijuana patients in the state.
p.s. Happy Halloween!
editor’s note: even though more people voted yes than no, amendment #2 still didn’t pass…
because it needed 60% of the votes but only got 57.6%!?
Welcome to Flori-duh!
Finally, a reader comments: ” I’ve been reading your blog ( even though it’s mostly pictures you obviously cut and paste from the internet ) and all I can say is ” Shut the FUCK UP Hippie! ” You and your tree hugging whining liberals don’t get it. Global Warning, oh excuse me, I mean Climate Change is a bunch of horse shit. There’s no hole in the ozone layer. There must be a hole in your head from all the drugs you been taking if you think that. I watch Fox News so I know the facts! “
” Democrats have tried to destroy this great nation time and time again. Everyone knows Obama is an illegal alien and a devout Muslim who is going to enact Sharia Law before he leaves office and I wouldn’t be surprised if he personally signed on to introduce EBOLA to this country. “
” Anything that’s wrong with the world can be traced back to one thing, Obama. And quit your whining about people eating the poor little animals. If GOD didn’t intend for us to eat meat he wouldn’t have created the cheese burger now would he? It’s people like you that go on and on about how we have to think about preserving our natural resources for our children’s children’s children that can’t even remember all the words to that song by Crosby, Stills and Nash or maybe it was by the Moody Blues, but I digress. The world is just fine the way it is. We don’t need trees when we have money, lot’s and lot’s of money. You can always buy another tree. As far as you being a “Survivor” please you are nothing but a parasite who has squandered all the privileges you have been given and need to get a real job and a haircut. “
Well it’s been many an episode since ” the Tribe ” voted me off the island but I’m back and still standing, at least with the help of a cane ( Go Canes! ) and a patch on my eye. 9 months of double vision courtesy a driver that sped through the light and flipped over my car to get one car length ahead. I’m playing at a little tiki bar up on the beach this weekend with me new crew. My last one was a band of cut throats who mutinied and shanghaied my ship.
Damn if all my favorite watering holes didn’t go belly up when I was out of commission. Now they’re building a massive Margaritaville resort just down the beach. I guess I better start learning some Jimmy Buffet songs, ” Pirate Looks at 49 ” and all of that. So whoever you are out there in cyberspace, thanks for reading. If you keep reading, I’ll keep writing. Space Hippie loves you maan.