Drug Law

Legalized Marijuana Doesn't Belong in Florida

| by Drug Free America

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Although California’s Assembly Bill 390 to tax and regulate pot died in its Health committee last week, at least one Sun Sentinel columnist feels it’s time to tax and legalize pot in the Sunshine state. Kingsley Guy writes, “Florida isn't California, and marijuana legalization and taxation will be more difficult to sell here. But it's time to start pushing hard for it.”

The pro-drug invasion has already begun in Florida. Signatures are currently being gathered to place an initiative on the state ballot that would legalize marijuana under the guise of medicine and allow for pot shops. If passed, Florida could face the same ongoing disastrous issues as California has for quite some time.

Calvina Fay, executive director of Drug Free America Foundation and a Florida resident said, “Taxed pot is not the answer to any state’s economic crisis. Legalizing a toxic weed would surely increase societal costs relating to drug treatment and healthcare which would far outweigh any generated revenue.”

Fay also warns, “As far as medi-pot, Florida residents should be concerned about replicating California’s failures. Studies show that in cities like San Diego where this issue has been closely examined, only 2% of those smoking marijuana under the guise of medicine have serious conditions such as AIDS, glaucoma or cancer. A full 98% are ‘treating’ conditions such as back and neck pain, anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, headaches and other less significant conditions. But even more troubling is that 12% of the users are under 21!”
“Public safety would also be affected by any legislation and/or initiative that seeks to legalize marijuana for any reason. The increase of domestic violence and child abuse associated with substance abuse would be a likely result, not to mention increased drugged driving rates and vehicular fatalities,” concluded Fay.

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