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Marijuana Amendment 2

Florida medical marijuana: back on the ballot and too close to call

By Michael Pollick Thursday, Jan 28, 2016 2:44 PM

A Florida medical marijuana amendment will be on the ballot again this year, in what is shaping up as another close vote.

"I believe it passes, if the election would be today," said Florida pollster Doug Kaplan, managing partner of Gravis Marketing. "However, it will be very, very close. It is going get anywhere from 59 percent to 62 percent."

The marijuana advocacy group United for Care, backed by Orlando plaintiff's attorney John Morgan, confirmed during a Thursday press conference that the group has collected nearly 700,000 valid petition signatures in time for a Jan. 31 deadline.

"We are talking for the most part about illnesses and injuries who are fighting for their lives," Morgan told reporters on Thursday. "This is not, 'Let's go have fun.'"

In October, 87 percent of registered voters queried by Quinnipiac University said they would support the ability of adults to use medical marijuana if it is prescribed by doctors. Only 12 percent opposed, and only 1 percent were undecided. But as Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown told the Orlando Sentinel, early polls in 2014 found high levels of support for medical marijuana as well, but that did not translate into willingness to approve a constitutional amendment.

"The strong support among Floridians for legalizing medical marijuana may not be enough. In 2014, voters expressed overwhelming support for legalization, but at the ballot box they failed to meet the 60 percent threshold required by the State Constitution," Brown said.

The fine-tuned 2016 version of the amendment makes it more clear that felons will not be allowed to become care-givers and that children cannot obtain a marijuana prescription on their own, and that that the measure is meant to help only those with debilitating medical conditions -- alleged loopholes pointed out by the opposition in voluminous television commercials through the summer and fall of 2014

To be placed on the ballot, a constitutional amendment requires the signatures of 683,149 registered Florida voters as well as signatures representing 8 percent of the 2012 electorate in at least half of Florida's 27 congressional districts.

The Division of Elections was reporting Thursday that 692,981 total signatures and 14 congressional districts had qualified.

In addition to the signature requirement, the Florida Supreme Court must opine on the constitutionality of the amendment language, which they did unanimously in a December opinion, United For Care stated.

"This is a tremendous victory for patients and doctors in our state," said United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara in a prepared statement. "Amendment 2 will pass this fall and less than a year from today Florida will join 23 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing physicians to recommend marijuana to individuals with debilitating conditions. Every day, doctors prescribe dangerous, addictive, and potentially deadly narcotics to their patients but can't even suggest the use of marijuana, which has never killed a person in thousands of years of human civilization. Very soon, Florida doctors will finally have that option."

As the amendment issue heated up in 2014, the Florida legislature passed a highly restrictive CBD-only law in 2014, which allows for oral consumption of a marijuana extract that leaves out almost all of the ingredient associated with getting high. It is still possible that this 2014 law will be extended by legislators to include full-strength marijuana for terminally ill patients.

However, medical marijuana supporters are pushing hard to see a broader whole-plant medical marijuana program become law this year.

This time around, qualifying conditions would include PTSD, making the legalization measure of value to a large cohort of individuals including veterans of foreign wars.

Here is the exact language voters will consider on the medical conditions to be covered in Florida:

"Debilitating Medical Condition" means cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient."

* Here you can read or download the entire 2016 Florida medical marijuana petition. *

Currently 23 states and the District of Columbia have passed full medical marijuana laws.

Another 17 states have passed CBD-only medical cannabis laws.

Topics: Amendment 2, florida cannabis, Florida medical marijuana

Florida lawyer wants Hillary to loosen up on pot

By Online Staff Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:35 PM

Florida attorney and medical marijuana backer John Morgan

In Florida this week, Democratic presidential candidate candidate is expected to get a lecture on the virtues of marijuana by Orlando plaintiff's attorney John Morgan, reports The Daily Beast.

Morgan's sizable bank account and extraordinary candor have made him one of the Sunshine State's most powerful politicos -- and one of its most formidable. Democratic candidates line up to kiss his ring, and Democratic presidents swing by his house when they're in town.

And, unlike gaffe-shy political candidates, Morgan seems to have zero qualms when it comes to speaking his mind.

So Clinton might get an earful.

Hillary is incredibly wishy-washy on one of Morgan's biggest issues: medical marijuana legalization.

Morgan invested substantial money in a 2014 effort to amend the state constitution to allow it, and that push came just short of passing. Morgan says a similar effort will be on the ballot in 2016.

Clinton's stance on medical marijuana is about as obtuse as Morgan's is clear. The former secretary of state has indicated that she's comfortable with the Obama administration's hands-off stance to Washington state and Colorado's legalization of marijuana, but she's also telegraphed some Reaganesque views on the drug war.

"I think the feds should be attuned to the way marijuana is still used as a gateway drug and how the drug cartels from Latin America use marijuana to get footholds in states," she told KPCC radio last July.

Tyler Henson, president of the Colorado Cannabis Chamber of Commerce, said that comment concerns advocates of legal weed.

"I do worry about some of her previous statements that she's made, particularly that it's a gateway drug," he told The Daily Beast. "It makes me feel like she doesn't see the value and the benefits of it."

And Ben Pollara, who worked with Morgan to push for looser marijuana laws in Florida, said her use of the term is a little fuddy-duddy.

"I think that phrase is certainly anachronistic and something that's been refuted over the years," he said. "It's a phrase that you really don't hear that much these days from anybody but the hardcore anti-drug folks."

Morgan told me that he hopes to push Clinton on her stance when she comes by his house.

"I would hope that she's on my side of that issue, but I do not know that answer," he said. "I'm going to find out, though."

"I hope that along this journey that I will help her evolve in her thinking," he added.

Topics: Florida marijuana, presidential election

Marijuana Amendment 2

Medical pot foes take victory lap in Sarasota

By Online Staff Tuesday, Jan 13, 2015 11:11 PM


Opponents of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida took a victory lap on Tuesday during a law enforcement-related summit at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota hotel.

Amid several panel discussions regarding laws and enforcement, a group led by State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, convened to consider "Amendment 2: Why medical marijuana failed in Florida and what does it portend for the future?"

"I thought more people would see this as what it was -- an expansion of recreational use," said Baxley, who was one of only seven state representatives who voted against allowing the use of noneuphoric medical marijuana extract to be used to treat epileptic children and others.

A proposed state constitutional amendment, Amendment 2, would have allowed medical marijuana to treat conditions such as cancer and glaucoma. But it was narrowly defeated by voters in early November, when the measure failed by a slim margin to garner a necessary 60 percent support.

The Justice Summit panel on the defeat of Amendment 2 comes just days after backers of the amendment have regrouped and announced plans to bring forward another amendment in 2016, a presidential election year.

At the same time, United for Care and Orlando attorney John Morgan said last week they hope to convince state lawmakers to enact bills into law that would render a constitutional amendment unnecessary.

But at Tuesday's panel discussion at the Justice Summit, opponents of the amendment were in abundance.

They included Calvina Fay, head of St. Petersburg-based Drug Free America; Steve Casey, executive director of the Florida Sheriffs Association; Seminole County Sheriff Donald Eslinger; Tre Evers, an Orlando political consultant who crafted the "Vote No on 2" campaign; and Nanette Schimpf, whose communications firm assisted the Florida sheriffs' group in creating a "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" coalition and website.

Evers said he was not at all surprised that initial poll results from Quinnippiac University showed nearly 90 percent of Floridians supported medical marijuana.

That poll, he said, asked voters whether they would approve a measure allowing their doctors to prescribe marijuana. Evers noted the amendment called not for prescriptions, but recommendations.

Panelists also said their anti-legalization campaign was aided by groups who might favor use of marijuana but who are against the format of a constitutional amendment.

Panelists like Baxley also showed opposition to non-euphoric medical marijuana extract, also known as Charlotte's Web.

"It may also be the rifle shot that begins an avalanche," he said during hearings on the issue. "I do not have the stomach to pull that trigger."

Though the bill passed, nearly a year later the state Department of Health has been unable to implement the "Florida Compassionate Care Act of 2014" because of wrangling over regulations the agency wrote.

As a result, nurseries and related businesses that had hoped to apply to become one of the five regional monopolies to produce the extract have so far been unable to even apply.

When proponents launched their new medical marijuana proposal last week, Morgan made it clear backers hope to force the legislature into action.

"Practically, they may think that through," Morgan said of lawmakers. "We have a pretty reasonable group of leadership."

But if the legislature does act, Casey and others believe it may not be in the form of a new bill.

New language for a 2016 amendment

By Michael Pollick Friday, Jan 9, 2015 11:25 PM

Orlando attorney John Morgan and the medical marijuana advocacy group he started have revamped language for a constitutional amendment they hope to have on the ballot in November 2016.

United for Care said Friday it has tweaked the wording of its 2014 proposal, which was narrowly defeated by Floridians in an early-November referendum vote. The amendment would have allowed the sale and use of medical marijuana for a variety of conditions, including cancer and glaucoma.

Orlando attorney John Morgan speaks out in favor of medicinal marijuana Amendment 2 at University of South Florida in Tampa. Morgan says his focus on the youth vote may have been misplaced.

(Photo/Michael Pollick)

"I spent a lot of time and money trying to get young people out to vote," Morgan said of his 2014 campaign. "But where we really got hurt were with voters 65 and older.

"What I think I need to do better this time is talk to older voters."

Opponents of the measure used TV ads to convey claims that even minor medical conditions like headaches might lead to physician recommendations for marijuana, and that minors would have easy access to cannabis.

Vote No on 2 also suggested that convicted felons would be allowed to supply pot by acting as caregivers.

Fifty-eight percent of Florida voters in the November election cast ballots in favor of medical pot, just short of the 60 percent required for passage of a constitutional amendment in the state.

Twenty-three states plus the District of Columbia now allow medical marijuana, including a number of states that generate winter visitors to Florida: Illinois, Michigan, New York and Maryland.

Morgan and proponents say now that traditionally higher turnouts in presidential election years provide an opportunity to capture additional votes. Presidential elections also tend to draw in a wider spectrum of voters, including younger and poorer voters.

In the interim, United for Care hopes to put pressure on the Florida Legislature, and convince lawmakers to enact medical marijuana measures of their own.

That would supplant the need for a constitutional amendment, which requires nearly 700,000 signatures of registered voters in the state before it can appear on the ballot.

"We want them to see we are truly serious about going back on the ballot, and actually do something during the session," United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara said Friday.

"Our goal is not to win or lose elections," Pollara added. "Our goal is to pass medical marijuana laws. If we can do that in the 2015 legislative session, then we will not be back on the ballot, because we will have achieved our primary goal."

The Florida secretary of state has approved the group's new petition, meaning United for Care is clear to get about 70,000 signatures needed by early March.

That would require the state's attorney general, Pam Bondi, to forward the petition to the Florida Supreme Court, which verifies that the language qualifies as a potential amendment. United for Care would then need the balance of the 700,000 signatures.

Pollara predicts that process will be much easier and less expensive for 2016. The 2014 campaign cost United for Care about $4.5 million to get the issue onto the ballot. This time, he said, it can probably be done for half that amount.

Political analysts generally agreed that marijuana proposals often do better in presidential election years.

"Presidential years typically do bring out a higher turnout among marginal voting groups," said Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida.

"We could include in that younger voters, minority voters, poor voters, and less educated voters. In a presidential year, a lot more money is spend on advertising and mobilizing voters, so some of these groups who are not as active in politics get motivated to at least turn out.

"I think its chances of passage are pretty good, if they learn their lessons from the first time around, which it sounds like maybe they have."

Marijuana start-ups such as Lakewood Ranch-based AltMed LLC greeted the news of the renewed marijuana effort with applause but not surprise.

"Florida voters have made it clear that this is something they want," said AltMed president and CEO David Wright. "I mean, 58 percent voted in favor. So this is not an issue that can be ignored."

Wright characterized the 2014 outcome as a delay rather than an outright defeat. The company's interim goal, Wright said, has been "to make the organization even stronger and bring value to more patients."

He added he is optimistic that pro-marijuana groups can fashion a proposal lawmakers and even opponents can endorse.

"The key here, in AltMed's view, is to do everything we can to bring this medicine to the patients who need it as quickly as we can and not leave anyone out."

New United for Care wording protects physicians from liability or legal sanctions provided their recommendation is made "with reasonable care to a person diagnosed with a debilitating medical condition."

Newly crafted language also now lists 10 debilitating conditions that could be treated with medical marijuana, including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, and epilepsy. The others are cancer, glaucoma, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and HIV/AIDS.

As before, the amendment calls for creation of medical marijuana treatment centers, to include state-licensed growers, processors, and retailers, all to be overseen by the Florida Department of Health. The new amendment would not allow patients to grow their own marijuana.

"We don't believe it changes how the amendment functions," Pollara said. "But hopefully it will change the perception of those who thought it was too broad."

Marijuana Amendment 2

Morgan retrenches in marijuana fight

By Lloyd Dunkelberger Saturday, Dec 6, 2014 7:27 PM

Marijuana Amendment 2

Group plans push for medical marijuana amendment in presidential election year

By The News Service of Florida Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 10:44 PM

Legalization of medical marijuana in Florida went up in smoke this month, but proponents of Amendment 2 haven't given up.

"We are going to pass a medical marijuana law in Florida by the end of 2016," pledged Ben Pollara, head of the committee that tried to get voters to approve the proposed constitutional amendment Nov. 4.

The medical marijuana initiative was heavily bankrolled by Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who spent more than $2 million of his own money to get the item onto the November ballot.

But Morgan and the United for Care group backing the amendment were outspent in the run-up to the November election by a political committee funded in large part by Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Adelson spent $5.5 million to help fund a media blitz aimed at defeating the measure, also opposed by Florida sheriffs and police chiefs.

In an e-mail to supporters Tuesday evening, United for Care -- tied to a political committee officially known as "People United for Medical Marijuana," or "PUFFM" -- Pollara wrote that he and his group aren't backing down from the fight to make medical marijuana legal.

"Let's be clear: the ONLY reason medical marijuana didn't pass in November is because one of the richest men in the world funded over $5 million dollars worth of false and misleading advertising on TV, radio and the Internet, and we simply did not have enough resources to counter the lies with facts in enough time. Despite being outspent on advertising 3 to 1, we still wound up with one of the highest percentages of support for medical marijuana ever seen in the country," Pollara wrote.

Pollara noted that Amendment 2 received 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent approval required for constitutional amendments to pass in Florida.

"This total -- half a million more than Gov. Rick Scott and almost 900k more than voted 'no' -- is clear proof that the people of Florida want a medical marijuana law," he wrote.

Pollara said his group will pursue a two-pronged approach to make medical pot legit, either by getting lawmakers to approve it or by putting another constitutional amendment on the ballot in 2016.

Pollara wrote he is "skeptical" that the Legislature will expand on a measure approved this year that legalized cannabis low in euphoria-inducing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, and high in cannabadiol, or CBD, for patients with severe muscle spasms or cancer.

The pot purportedly doesn't get users high but is believed to alleviate life-threatening seizures in children with rare forms of epilepsy.

The GOP-dominated Legislature approved the measure, signed into law by Scott, in part to thwart Amendment 2, which Scott and Republican legislative leaders opposed.

That leaves the constitutional route, a possibility that gives the GOP in Florida the willies because putting a pro-pot item on the presidential ballot in 2016 could draw out younger, more left-leaning voters.

That's just the avenue that Pollara and his allies are planning, however.

The 2016 presidential election will increase voter turnout, "and arguably, a stronger and more engaged electorate than were interested in the governor's race," Pollara wrote.

"We believe this broader swath of the public will be way more likely to pass medical marijuana, despite what we expect will be a new round of well-funded lies coming out of the other side," he wrote.

Topics: Florida marijuana, Florida medical marijuana, United for Care

Marijuana Amendment 2

Florida medical marijuana supporters will try again on 2016 ballot

By Online Staff Thursday, Nov 27, 2014 12:01 AM

The group that put medical marijuana on the Florida ballot this year -- and fell just short of passing it -- intends to launch a new constitutional amendment campaign shortly, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

"We are swiftly mobilizing a new petition push to get medical marijuana" on the next general election ballot, United for Care director Ben Pollara told supporters this week in a fundraising announcement.

A constitutional amendment would not be necessary if the Legislature approves medical marijuana by statute, but "we cannot rely on that," Pollara said. "We are going to pass a medical marijuana law in Florida by the end of 2016."

Amendment 2 -- this year's version -- gained 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the required 60 percent. It would have allowed patients with debilitating illnesses to possess pot with a doctor's recommendation.

Pollara said in an interview that United for Care's lawyer is tweaking Amendment 2's ballot language to bolster areas that opponents attacked.

One section will say explicitly that minors cannot get pot without their parents' consent.

Another section will specify that the amendment does not change existing laws about negligence by patients and doctors.

The adjective "debilitating" will be stressed more when describing qualifying conditions.

Marijuana Amendment 2

Florida: Only certainty for low-THC cannabis is delay

By Online Staff Monday, Nov 24, 2014 12:56 PM

Next year, patients across Florida suffering from extreme seizures and a handful of other symptoms should be able to get their hands on low-THC marijuana, but exactly when next year is unclear, reports Nick Evans of WFSU News.

An administrative court scrapped much of the proposed distribution framework earlier this month. That leaves stakeholders with hope for a better system, and certainty of a longer wait.

Low-THC marijuana extracts have shown promise in helping epilepsy patients whose seizures don't respond to traditional drugs.

Ft. Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz sponsored the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, a bill allowing epilepsy patients use low-THC marijuana extracts to treat their seizures. The bill passed with broad bipartisan support.

But developing a system for cultivating, processing, and distributing the marijuana hasn't gone quite so well. The Legislature charged the Department of Health with constructing the framework, and from the outset its proposals have been met with stiff resistance. Last week a judge threw out many of the Department's proposed rules. Speaking at a House organizational session, Gaetz acknowledged this setback.

"I think the Judge's ruling eviscerates the January 1 deadline to get cannabis license out," Gaetz says. "That's disappointing, but I'd rather measure twice and cut once."

But Florida Medical Cannabis Association lobbyist Ron Watson says the ruling leaves a lot of uncertainty.

"So where we find ourselves now is what happens next?" Watson says. "Does the Department appeal? Does the Department try to change the rules under the direction that the judge has given, and/or will the Legislature get involved now that Amendment Two didn't pass, but it got close to 58 percent?"

Amendment Two, which would have instituted a much broader medical marijuana policy, came very close to passing in the last election. And many, including some lawmakers, have spoken about the possibility of the Legislature taking action to expand beyond low-THC marijuana. But Gaetz isn't rushing to make any changes.

"I think that there is some hope that we can allow the reforms that we passed last year to sink in so that we have an opportunity to analyze the elements that will work and maybe some that need to be tweaked," Gaetz says.

Department officials won't comment on when they'll decide between rewriting the rules or appealing the ruling.

Topics: Florida marijuana, marijuana reform, non-euphoric marijuana

Marijuana Amendment 2

Medical marijuana may resurface in Tallahassee

By Online Staff Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014 7:35 AM

Medical marijuana may return to the political spotlight, as Florida legislators reconvene this week in Tallahassee with some suggesting a bill to legalize pot for medical purposes. reports Dave Elias, political reporter at ABC=7 in Fort Myers.

A majority of Florida voters supported it on the November ballot -- but that wasn't enough to amend the state's constitution.

State Representative Dane Eagle (R.-Cape Coral) said that he and other lawmakers are obligated to consider legalizing medical marijuana.

Eagle said the issue cannot be overlooked since more than half of Florida voters supported it on the ballot.

In November 57.6 percent of voters supported making medical marijuana legal. It needed 60 percent to amend the state's constitution.

Rep. Eagle suggests lawmakers should consider a bill that would close loopholes and prevent the issue from reappearing on the 2016 ballot.

"The writing on the wall tells at least me, and I'm sure a number of my colleagues, that if this is left unaddressed it's going to come up in 2016 on the ballot," Eagle said.

Some lawmakers like State Representative Matt Caldwell (R.-North Fort Myers) are hopeful that Orlando attorney John Morgan == who financed the signature-gathering process that put medical marijuana onto the November ballot -- will join them instead by drafting legislation that would legalize it.

"I'd love to see John come and talk to us about what he's looking to achieve rather than spend a large sum of money and get to the constitution. Let's work on it through the legislature," said Caldwell.

Topics: Florida marijuana, Florida medical marijuana

Marijuana Amendment 2

Law judge rules Florida must rewrite non-euphoric cannabis regs

By Michael Pollick Saturday, Nov 15, 2014 3:27 PM

A Florida administrative law judge Friday scrapped key provisions proposed by state health regulators as a framework for the legislature's non-euphoric cannabis plan.

The rules were hurriedly developed by the Florida Department of Health during the summer after the legislature enacted a law enabling the use of an extract for use by select group of patients, primarily epileptics. Its official name is The Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014.

The law and the extract have been widely referred to as Charlotte's Web because of the wide publicity received by one specific non-euphoric marijuana hybrid in televised documentaries by CNN and its chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

A number of details in the Health Department rules were challenged by the state's largest nursery operation, Costa Farms of Miami/Dade County, and by three other similar civil lawsuits.

The Department of Health proposed rules said that if two or more applicants were qualified for one of the five regional monopolies, the state would simply hold a lottery to pick the winner.

Administrative Law Judge W. David Watkins sided with Costa Farms in that regard in his 71=page long ruling.

Watkins ruled that the lottery process was arbitrary and vague, and that it "fails to establish adequate standards for agency decisions and vests unbridled discretion in the agency."

"Assuring the dependable delivery of consistently high-quality, low-THC medicine is too important to be left to chance. Rather than minimally qualified applicants, citizens of the State of Florida, including sick and vulnerable children, deserve approval of the most qualified growers, processors and dispensers of low-THC cannabis," Watkins wrote.

Now that the broader medical marijuana Amendment 2 has failed to reach the required 60 percent vote, would-be medical marijuana companies in the state including Lakewood Ranch-based AltMed LLC have more riding on creation of rules for the non-euphoric marijuana rules.

Because of the litigation, would-be applicants have not yet had a chance to apply for one of the regional franchises. The application process, which originally looked like it would happen in September, now seems unlikely to occur before early 2015. The agency will have rewrite its rules, then resubmit them for public hearings.

The Southwest Florida territory for non-euphoric cannabis extract runs from Hillsborough County down through Sarasota and Manatee counties all the way to the Everglades.

You can read or download the Ruling against Florida Department of Health here.

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"Drug Free" "legalizing" "legalization" "legalized" "legalize" "legalization of marijuana" "legalizing medical marijuana" "Legalization of medical marijuana" "legalize marijuana" "legalization marijuana poll marijuana" "legalization Oregon marijuana" "legalization Washington D.C. marijuana" "marijuana legalization" "marijuana edibles marijuana legalization" "marijuana Ohio marijuana Oregon legalization" "marijuana washington d.c. legalization" "anti-legalization" "support among Floridians for legalizing" "support for legalization" legalization36Total Prohibition or Access (propaganda theme 7)
 dissent attacked

dissent attacked 90%
[news] [concept]

"advocacy group" "advocacy" "pro-pot" "pro-marijuana" "advocates"7Pot Crusaders or Freedom Crusaders? (2013)
Right to petition
propaganda_theme8 : dissent opposed

propaganda theme8 90%
[news] [concept]

dissent attacked Dissent Attacked (propaganda theme 8)
From Martin Luther King to Anonymous, governments target dissenters not just "bad guys" (2014)
 moral imperative
[news] [concept]
"we cannot" "we will not"2Majestic plural
Moral imperative
Categorical imperative
 drug of abuse

illegal drugs
[news] [concept]

cannabis narcotic various illegal drugs  
 drugs 95%
[news] [concept]
various drugs  
 drug ngo
[news] [concept]
prohibitionist ngo  
 drug law
[news] [concept]
"marijuana laws" "marijuana law" "cannabis laws"7History of United States drug pr...
 drug reformer 97%
[news] [concept]
"Sanjay Gupta"1 
 reform referenda 80%
[news] [concept]
"marijuana initiative" fl amendment 2 2014 or measure 91 20141 
 Amendment 2 (Florida)

fl amendment 2 2014 80%
[news] [concept]

"Amendment 2" Right to...
 Measure 91 (Oregon)

or measure 91 2014 80%
[news] [concept]

"Measure 91" Legalized...
[news] [concept]
"Sheldon Adelson" "Adelson" "Calvina Fay" "Fay"5Prohibition
Cognitive liberty
Lobbyists Getting Rich Off Drug War (2012)
Calvina Fay halts interview, 8/2013
 oft-mentioned government prohibitionist

govt prohib other 90%
[news] [concept]

"police chiefs" "Pam Bondi"2A Drug War Carol, page 18
prohibition_agency : various drug prohibition and propaganda agencies and police; tax-supported entities dependent on continuing prohibitiongovernment drug warrior

prohibition agency 75%
[news] [concept]

"police" "law enforcement-related" drug dog4Drug Enforcement Administration
The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
 drug detecting canine

drug dog 75%
[news] [concept]

"police dogs"1Sniffer dogs get it wrong four out of five times (2011)
Clever Hans
 prohibitionist ngo
[news] [concept]
"Drug Free America" "Sheriffs Association"3The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal
Vested Interests of Prohibition: The Police
Police Are the Prohibitionist Lobby
this is what a police state looks like
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
A Center for Statistics Abuse? - Pharmaceutical Corporation Lobby
Guess Who's Profiting From Pot Prohibition? (2014)
[news] [concept]
"legalize marijuana" "marijuana legalization" "legalize pot" "legalization of marijuana" "legalizing medical marijuana" "legalization" "legalized" "legalize"
[news] [concept]
"anti-drug" "Drug Free"
An Address By Senator Pierre Claude Nolin
ACLU Brief: Against Drug Prohibition
The Secret Of World-wide Drug Prohibition (PDF)
History of Alcohol Prohibition
Milton Friedman: Prohibition and Drugs
 psychoactive plant

[news] [concept]

[news] [concept]
medical_cannabis : cannabis for medical usemedical cannabis
[news] [concept]
"medical cannabis" "Medical Marijuana" "Medical pot" "medical use of marijuana" "medicinal marijuana" "marijuana to treat" "patients. However, medical marijuana" "patients to grow their own marijuana" "patients use low-THC marijuana" "marijuana for terminally ill patients" "Medical Marijuana Marijuana" "Medical Marijuana Medical Marijuana" "medical marijuana, United for Care Marijuana" "medical marijuana Tags California marijuana" "medical marijuana Maine marijuana marijuana" "medical marijuana Michigan marijuana" "medical marijuana Missouri marijuana" "Marijuana Amendment 2 Archives - Medical" "Marijuana Amendment 2 Florida medical" "Marijuana Amendment 2 Medical" "marijuana, Florida medical" "marijuana Marijuana Amendment 2 Medical" "marijuana Florida medical" "marijuana Illinois marijuana Illinois medical" "marijuana Massachusetts marijuana medical" "marijuana minnesota marijuana Minnesota medical" "Charlotte's Web"
Cannabis Treats Anxiety, Depression And Activates Pathways That Regulate Emotional Behavior (2014)
The Flower (video cartoon)
[news] [concept]
"narcotics"1Managing Pain
cannabis : cannabis (marijuana) product or usecannabis
[news] [concept]
"Marijuana" "cannabis" "pot" "THC" "tetrahydrocannabinol" "CBD" "CBD-only" "weed" medical cannabis cannabis industry cannabis cuisine177Cannabis: Religious and Spiritual Uses
Cannabis-Driving Studies Cannabis Link DB
Schaffer Library: Marijuana
U.S. Prisons Thriving on Jim Crow Marijuana Arrests (2013)
 cannabis cuisine 95%
[news] [concept]
"marijuana edibles"
 cannabis industry 85%
[news] [concept]
"Marijuana business"1https://www.newcannabisventures....
 various drugs 95%
[news] [concept]
"drug" "drugs"8 
 various illegal drugs
[news] [concept]
"gateway drug" "drug war"
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
 youth 80%
[news] [concept]
propaganda theme5
[news] [concept]
 aggrandizing government

[news] [concept]

"officially" "officials" "official"3Statism: the Most Dangerous Religion (2014 video)
What is Statism?
Conservapedia: Statism
Wikipedia: Statolatry
Bought Priesthood
Worship of the U. S. Government (2011)
Bureaucratic Thrust
Tyranny of Experts
The Threat of Authority (2012)
The Media As Enablers of Government Lies
The Statist Mindset (Jacob Hornberger, 2011)
Thinking Critically about Experts and Authority
'Scientific' evidence for FDA-approved drugs isn't so scientific, it turns out (2014)
The Intellectual Gravy Train (2015)

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    aggrandizement concept - terms of aggrandizement (of government)
    school concept
    youth concept
    various_illegal_drugs concept - general terms for illegal drugs
    various_drugs concept - general terms for drugs
    cannabis_industry concept - cannabis industry - (emerging) marijuana, cannabis industries; marijuana businesses; stock market marijuana plays; pot venture capital
    cannabis_cuisine concept - cannabis edibles
    cannabis concept - cannabis (marijuana) product or use
    narcotic concept - a drug that dulls senses, relieves pain, induces sleep
    medical_cannabis concept - cannabis for medical use
    intoxicant concept
    plants concept - Plants listed in this section are those which have been used by humans for their mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    prohibition concept - drug prohibition terms
    legalization concept - drug decrim. or legalisaton
    prohibitionist_ngo concept - prohibition non-governmental organization which engages in deceitful practices
    drug_dog concept - canine used to detect illegal drugs
    prohibition_agency concept - various drug prohibition and propaganda agencies and police; tax-supported entities dependent on continuing prohibition
    govt_prohib_other concept - prohibitionist who gets (or has gotten in the past) a government paycheck or money to bolster prohibition, but mentioned in many non-drug-related articles, too
    prohibitionist concept - infamous prohibitionist
    or_measure_91_2014 concept - Oregon Legalized Marijuana Initiative, Measure 91 (2014)
    fl_amendment_2_2014 concept - Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014)
    reform_referenda concept
    drug_reformer concept - often-mentioned anti-prohibitionist reformer
    drug_law concept
    drug_ngo concept
    drugs concept
    illegal_drugs concept - drugs of abuse, so-called
    moral_imperative concept
    propaganda_theme8 concept
    dissent_attacked concept - drug war propaganda theme: dissent attacked
    propaganda_theme7 concept - drug war propaganda theme: total prohibiton or access
    propaganda_theme6 concept - drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; war
    propaganda_theme5 concept - drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugs
    propaganda_theme4 concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gateway
    gateway concept - drug war propaganda theme: gateway
    use_is_abuse concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse
    propaganda_theme3 concept - drug war propaganda theme: survival of society
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    propaganda_theme1 concept - drug war propaganda theme: hated groups
    explicit_propaganda concept - an explicit drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, system, or program
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition