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††Governor Candidate Nan Rich Supports MMJ

Posted by CN Staff on November 02, 2013 at 15:56:06 PT
By Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel†
Source: Sun-Sentinel†

Florida -- Nan Rich of Weston, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said Friday she supports a proposed ballot initiative that would legalize the use of medical marijuana in Florida. ďIíve seen the research, Iíve studied the issue, and Iíve met with patients who clearly benefit and desperately need medically prescribed cannabis,Ē Rich said in a statement.She said Florida should join the 19 states and District of Columbia, which already allow medical marijuana to be dispensed on a doctorís order. ďThatís why Iím signing the petition to get this important measure on the ballot in 2014 and Iím calling on all of my friends and supporters to do the same. There is simply no reason patients should suffer when an effective, safe, and organic remedy is readily available.Ē
Thereís much more than medicine to the marijuana question.The initiative is getting much of its support from John Morgan, the lawyer associated with former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is expected to announce Monday heís a candidate for the Democratic nomination to regain his old job, which he held from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican.Political analysts see the ballot question on medical marijuana as a way to attract young people and liberal voters to the polls in 2014 Ė when either Rich or Crist would be on the ballot. Midterm elections, between presidential contests, generally see a major falloff in young and Democratic-leaning voters, so something that encourages them to get to the polls could help the Democratic candidate against Republican Gov. Rick Scott.Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican facing her own re-election race next year, and the top Republicans in the Florida Legislature, are trying to block the referendum question from the November 2014 ballot.Rich, in her statement, said she sees benefits to the medical use of marijuana, which can help people with cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, post traumatic stress disorder, hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS. It has also been shown to significantly reduce the number of seizures in children with severe epilepsy. Its use is supported by the American College of Physicians, American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association.Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel (FL)Author: Anthony Man, Sun SentinelPublished: November 1, 2013Copyright: 2013 South Florida Sun-SentinelURL: http://drugsense.org/url/pxTOCuIBWebsite: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/Contact: http://drugsense.org/url/mVLAxQfA CannabisNews Medical Marijuana Archiveshttp://cannabisnews.com/news/list/medical.shtml 

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Comment #22 posted by FoM on November 04, 2013 at 12:49:38 PT
Hope
Facebook for me is a fun place to find old friends or share a common interest and communicate with family and friends. I have a few Rottweiler friends that are Tea Party type people and they are angry people. It's amazing how I can tell who is a Democrat and who is Republican just by their attitude.
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Comment #21 posted by Hope on November 04, 2013 at 11:55:00 PT
Cute pics...
and I ignore everything political posted on facebook. I didn't go there to argue with people. Aaargh. Accusing people, mocking people, just being nasty in general is not my cup of tea. I tried correcting them when their post was obviously a falsehood... but I quit even that. People that act like that don't want to know the truth about whatever they are posting. They just want to be part of the bitching and griping. I think it's destructive. Yet if they have a true political issue, like we do, I wouldn't mind them expressing their views in an understandable way, but all they are really doing is attacking people and following blindly after made up lies and insults and it's all very destructive and ... nasty. Sorry. If they just want to throw insults and derogatory comments around, I don't care to participate in that. That's what we've mostly avoided here. We don't like a lot of the people aligned against us... professional prohibitionists, but we don't waste too much time talking about the person. It's what they are doing. It's what they are really doing. It's their ideas and I intend to say that I believe they are wrong at every reasonable opportunity and I like to be able to explain why. It's not about just insults flying. A verbal or illustrative insult free for all, not unlike a bunch of monkeys throwing poop at each other and that certainly won't help make anything better. We are about changing an unjust law. A law that hurts people. A law that hurts people badly... and can kill and has killed. That's important and our views must be, and usually have been expressed very clearly and concisely, without a bunch of distracting poop throwing going on. We are about getting a message across to anyone willing to read our words. We are not about who can dream up the nastiest insults to fling about. We're serious. The political crap most people throw around, especially on facebook isn't about anything but being the biggest ass they can be. That's not that hard to do. Obviously. It takes a little more effort to practice actually communicating hard facts about a subject.
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 14:50:05 PT
Canis420 
My nephew isn't happy with your current Governor either.
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Comment #19 posted by Canis420 on November 03, 2013 at 08:36:47 PT:
Florida
Rick Scott is the current governor here. Scott is the one who wants to drug test welfare recipients. I was not really pleased with Crist when he was gov mostly because of the way he responded to my letter...that said he seems like a breath of fresh air compared to this Scott idiot
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 06:40:09 PT
Hope
Both of my sisters are Republicans. I just won't talk politics with them at all. I watch people get all upset about the Democrats on Facebook and news articles but I never comment. Why waste positive energy on anything that doesn't make something better?I spend my time working with pictures and having a little fun on the computer.Two fun pictures.http://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx290/MarthaGier/zigplasma_zpsa1efc3a7.jpghttp://i764.photobucket.com/albums/xx290/MarthaGier/cat_zps148fd1a1.jpg
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Comment #17 posted by Hope on November 03, 2013 at 06:28:53 PT
I get down on the political parties...
but I'm not going to let it bother my independence.Most of my family and friends are Republicans and I get down on some of their political views, for sure. There are some outspoken Democrats among them, too. I'm the lone flaming Independent in my life. I'm pretty quiet, politically, most of the time. I don't argue with them. But a few times my "Flaming" erupts on them. They don't argue with me, either. They just wait wide eyed, and quietly, for the flames to subside. Being very still.:0)
 Politically, he's been irritating me more than usual lately, and I've felt like referring to my husband, again, as "The Republican". Aaargh. Many Republicans are pushing back against our push for a better way... but we will defeat their foolish obstinance. I believe that with all my heart. I may be wrong... but I don't think so.I do realize that that many Republicans and a few Democrats stand firmly against our views. But they have feet of clay and they can't resist a change for the better forever.I don't remember enough about Crist without doing some research... and some people are going to be mighty unhappy with me in a few hours if I don't start "Researching" our Sunday lunch. I have a house full of Republicans to feed!Love you guys. 
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Comment #16 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 06:16:41 PT
Hope
I will always remember Crist walking into the Democratic National Convention with a big smile on his face. He seemed overwhelmed with support and kindness. That made me smile.
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Comment #15 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 06:10:37 PT
Hope
I don't know if he was but he is a Democrat now and works with Morgan.
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 06:09:24 PT
Hope
I don't fear them as much as I hope to keep them from running the country. My nephew saw how much more was done for his city under Crist. The current Governor hasn't even signed on to the expanded Medicaid option. I am happy that our Republican Governor bucked the Republicans in Ohio and did it for the people.
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Comment #13 posted by Hope on November 03, 2013 at 06:09:14 PT
Crist
That is hard to write without putting the h in.I don't know that he was a bad governor. I was just joking that he wasn't "That good"... a reference to calling him "Christ". But I'm thinking he was the guy behind the drug testing for welfare, wasn't he?
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Comment #12 posted by Hope on November 03, 2013 at 06:05:15 PT
Lol!
You changed it! Not fair! Now it looks like I'm a crazy person!Lol!
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 06:04:54 PT
Hope
I fixed it. Thanks! My nephew really liked him. Why was he a bad governor?
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on November 03, 2013 at 06:03:55 PT
Do not fear the Republicans!
And no "Poof"ing, FoM! They are just people and in this matter, for sure, they are wrong. We are just people, too, but in this matter, truth and justice are, for sure, with us. We will overcome those hellbent on persecuting others over the use of cannabis. 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on November 03, 2013 at 05:52:36 PT

It's Crist!
He wasn't that good a governor!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on November 03, 2013 at 04:38:10 PT

Florida Politics
My nephew lives in Gulfport and he is a Democrat. He has met Crist a number of years ago and said he is a likeable guy. The current Governor he doesn't like. I can't remember his name though.
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Comment #7 posted by Canis420 on November 02, 2013 at 23:54:10 PT:

Florida Politics
These days Republicans scare me as well.  GCW Not sure about your jumping ship analogy as Crist is currently employed by Morgan's law firm. Crist has a lot of supporters down here, especially after the Rick Scott debacle. I am curious though, since he is so close to the issue as a Morgan lawyer, if he has "evolved" on the cannabis issue. A few years ago, when Crist was Gov, I sent him a letter, which I vetted here on cnews, regarding the harsh laws in our state. I received a letter in response from the Fl Office of Drug Control Policy spouting the same shit as the ONDCP. If he supports reform he will beat JB and has a good chance even if he does not imho
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Comment #6 posted by Vincent on November 02, 2013 at 21:22:52 PT:

Democrats and Republicans
When it comes to the War on the American People --oops! I meant to say, the War on, ah, "Drugs" -- the Democrats may be jellyfish, but the Republicans can be disgusting! All their talk about "less government, more freedom" is a bunch of baloney. They really don't understand that they lost the "Culture War" -- they lost it in 1969 -- so they keep on trying to become more and more vicious, hoping to turn back the clock, like they almost did in the 1980s.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on November 02, 2013 at 18:53:13 PT

The GCW
I am afraid of Republicans. They really scare me. I don't know what they see when they think of what our country should be. I know they are hostile towards the middle and lower class but those are the people that make up the majority of people that live in the United States. Sometimes I think they wish we would all just go poof and disappear.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on November 02, 2013 at 17:49:44 PT

CO: OPED:
Mixing booze and pot is a real threat, but government shouldn't overhype ithttp://www.denverpost.com/opinion/ci_24429645/mixing-booze-and-pot-is-real-threat-but
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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on November 02, 2013 at 17:47:12 PT

FoM,
I come away from it sometimes, thinking the Democrats are screwy but regarding Republicans I come away thinking they present a real danger to society.
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on November 02, 2013 at 17:40:09 PT

The GCW
I know they do. I watch MSNBC and they interview a lot of politicians. MSNBC is a left leaning news channel like Fox is a right leaning news channel. Sometimes I turn on Fox and tell myself to watch it with an open mind but I never can figure out what point they are trying to make about anything other then disliking the Democrats and anything they think is important. Democrats seem to use sensible reasoning more often then not but Republicans seem to be all about capitalism and money and they think to heck with the majority of society. 
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Comment #1 posted by The GCW on November 02, 2013 at 17:11:22 PT

Are politicians starting to get it?
Look at this, the Dem's see that taking a stand for cannabis will attract voters. I'd bet if the Dem's support cannabis and the Repub's don't, America will see a clear illustration that cannabis is an issue which makes or breaks politicians.And  
Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican facing her own re-election race (trying to block the referendum question from the November 2014 ballot), could and should come out a loser.And it sounds like, John Morgan (who supports cannabis) has jumped from a sinking ship!,,, "the lawyer associated with former Gov. Charlie Crist, who is expected to announce Monday heís a candidate for the Democratic nomination to regain his old job, which he held from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican."With so many retired old people in Florida, facing health issues and health care cost issues, it would seem they will easily get the required 60% of the vote to RE-legalize medical use of cannabis.The Democrats must have more compassion, scruples and sense of direction. 
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