Floridians to vote on legalizing medical marijuana – 7Online WSVN-TV

MIAMI (WSVN) — Amendment 2 is one of the most debated issues on the ballot in Florida this November and would make medical marijuana legal for certain patients.

It is called the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, and to some, it’s a life-saving medical treatment.

Patty Copmeau: “I also have a personal interest in medical marijuana since my sister did die of breast cancer. There’s a lot of times when she wasn’t able to eat, keep any food down, and it really affected her health and well-being.”

To others, it’s a gateway to illicit drug use.

Rachel O’Bryan: “What you will find is that this will open the door for Florida teenagers to get their hands on marijuana without parental notification, parental consent.”

The proposed amendment to Florida’s Constitution would allow a doctor to certify that a patient with a “debilitating medical condition … would benefit from the use of medical marijuana.”

Ailments such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, HIV, and AIDS are among the diseases listed in the amendment.

The amendment also said doctors could certify marijuana use for other conditions where the physician believes the potential benefits would outweigh the health risks for a patient.

Once their conditions have been certified, patients would be allowed to possess and use marijuana.

Supporters say medical marijuana would not just benefit patients. Based on sales in other states, they say, Florida will bring in a lot of money.

The Florida Department of Revenue estimates anywhere between $138 million to $5.6 billion worth of medical marijuana could be sold in the state, and that would generate tax revenue in the range of $8.3 million to $338 million.

However, others from states where marijuana is already legal for medical use say the cost is too high.

Rachel O’Bryan: “Since December of 2012, we’ve had a 46 percent increase in the number of …read more