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Medical marijuana to go to ballot, Florida Supreme Court rules
Tampa Bay Times ^ | 1/27/2014 | Stephen Nohlgreen

Posted on 01/27/2014 6:51:27 PM PST by wonkowasright

Floridians will vote on medical marijuana come November, after a divided Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment meets all legal requirements.

If at least 60 percent of voters agree, Florida could become the first Southern state to legalize use of marijuana for health-related reasons.

(Excerpt) Read more at tampabay.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: florida; legalize; marijuana
The # of signatures for the ballot initiative were already verified. The Florida supreme court has 4:3 upheld the language for the ballot.

Come November Florida will very likely vote to allow marijuana use for at least some citizens and take a step toward ending prohibition.

Maybe we can stop the war on our citizens.

1 posted on 01/27/2014 6:51:27 PM PST by wonkowasright
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To: wonkowasright

It always disgusts me when people will claim to love liberty in one breath and then support the WOD in the next.


2 posted on 01/27/2014 7:01:28 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Couldn’t you use the same argument about the war on prostitution?


3 posted on 01/27/2014 7:06:57 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: wonkowasright

Recent news articles have suggested that this is a ploy by the Florida Democrats to get lots of young pot smokers out to vote for Crist.


4 posted on 01/27/2014 7:19:56 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

And thats just a pile of BS.

Talk about desperation.


5 posted on 01/27/2014 7:21:22 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

What disgusts me is how quickly the taxpayers started picking up the tab for pot in Colorado.

They can buy it with their EBT cards and a new entitlement was born.

Yeah freedom. LOL


6 posted on 01/27/2014 7:21:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Cicero

That’s exactly what this is.


7 posted on 01/27/2014 7:31:02 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (ObamaCare. The "global warming" of healthcare plans.)
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To: icwhatudo
War on Prostitution?

How do we fight them?

Mudwrestle?

8 posted on 01/27/2014 7:31:24 PM PST by who_would_fardels_bear
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To: FlingWingFlyer

And the simultaneous moves in all the other states, like Colorado etc. were just to set the playing field so that the FL voters would get excited and vote for the wrong governor ?

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.


9 posted on 01/27/2014 7:33:52 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: icwhatudo
Couldn’t you use the same argument about the war on prostitution?

What federal War on Prostitution are you speaking of?

10 posted on 01/27/2014 7:34:29 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: wonkowasright

How are they still saying this is “medical” with a straight face? Here in Michigan and other states it’s clear that they’re just an effort to get pot legalized so potheads can smoke their brains out without worrying about getting busted. Every pothead I know went out and got their “medical” marijuana card as soon as they could....


11 posted on 01/27/2014 7:37:15 PM PST by DouglasKC
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To: cripplecreek

Love ya, man, but that was a total bs statement. EBT cards can get cash at ATMs which can but anything but they cannot be used to buy pot directly.


12 posted on 01/27/2014 7:40:24 PM PST by CodeToad (When ignorance rules a person's decision they are resorting to superstition.)
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To: DouglasKC

I agree with you. The medical bit is 100% pure tripe. But it works and sets up for the next step, outright legalization.

The same thing was witnessed during the prohibition years : http://www.history.com/news/drink-some-whiskey-call-in-the-morning-doctors-prohibition

So I agree with you the medicinal stuff is bumpkis but its a good way to get the ball rolling toward full legalization and stop the war on the citizens.


13 posted on 01/27/2014 7:40:37 PM PST by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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To: cripplecreek

Show me a single instance where an EBT card was used to buy pot.


14 posted on 01/27/2014 7:46:34 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: cripplecreek

Snopes says “false” => http://www.snopes.com/politics/satire/potfoodstamps.asp


15 posted on 01/27/2014 7:46:39 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: icwhatudo

Sure. Why not legalize it? It is legal in Nevada and the world didn’t end there.


16 posted on 01/27/2014 7:47:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Ken H

I was not specifying a federal war on prostitution, but I guess this would do:

Title 18 Part I Ch. 117 Sec. 2422 “Whoever knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any Territory or Possession of the United States, to engage in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”

I don’t see how you can rally for drug legalization as a “liberty” issue while at the same time being a against the legalization of prostitution.

That being said, those that favor legalization of drugs and prostitution are, IMHO, more libertarian than conservative.

I’m against both.


17 posted on 01/27/2014 7:55:25 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: wonkowasright

This attempt a legalizing pot is part of a strategy cooked up by wealthy, democrat supporting lawers where Charlie Crist is employed to help get Crist elected Governor again.

Former governor Crist (2007 to 2011) is the orange-skinned turncoat who changed his party from Republican to Democrat after losing a Senate primary battle to Marco Rubio in 2010.

The idea is that having the pot referendum on the ballot will bring young voters to the polls in big numbers on election day, and while there they will likely vote the democrat ticket.

But Crist will no doubt have some tough competition for the democrat nomination unless his lawyer pals can buy off, scare off, or blackmail the other democrats.


18 posted on 01/27/2014 8:16:55 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Sooner or later everyone sits down to a banquet of consequences." - Robert Louis Stevenson)
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To: icwhatudo
I don’t see how you can rally for drug legalization as a “liberty” issue while at the same time being a against the legalization of prostitution.

The 'liberty' issue is the Tenth Amendment. States are entitled under the Tenth Amendment to regulate matters of health and morality. They are the ones that regulate intrastate prostitution under current federal law. That is not true of intrastate mj regulation.

1. In your opinion, should states be the one to regulate local prostitution, even if it means legalization?

2. In your opinion, do CO and WA have legitimate constitutional authority under the Tenth to regulate intrastate mj policies?

19 posted on 01/27/2014 8:17:23 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H
"States are entitled under the Tenth Amendment to regulate matters of health and morality. They are the ones that regulate intrastate prostitution under current federal law."

States are the ones to regulate intrastate prostitution under current federal law?

Link

United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that George McLeod, III, a/k/a “Pimpstick Quezzy,” age 30, of Columbia, pled guilty today in federal court in Columbia, to interstate transportation for the purpose of prostitution, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2421, and aggravated identity theft, a violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1028A. United States District Judge Joseph Anderson of Columbia accepted the plea.

The case was investigated by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Seems federal to me.

As does this where the feds are working with the stateFederal and Local Law Enforcement Crack Down on Prostitution and Human Trafficking in Colorado

20 posted on 01/27/2014 8:37:07 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: icwhatudo
Feds have legitimate authority under the Commerce Clause to regulate interstate crimes, like the case you cited. Let ask again:

1. In your opinion, should states be the one to regulate local prostitution, even if it means legalization?

2. In your opinion, do CO and WA have legitimate constitutional authority under the Tenth to regulate intrastate mj policies?

21 posted on 01/27/2014 8:54:28 PM PST by Ken H (What happens on the internet, stays on the internet.)
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To: Ken H
I don't question the states’ authority to regulate intrastate trade.

I oppose the constitutional referendum process. Most people will vote based on emotions of the moment rather than considered thought.

I prefer the method of the framing generation, in which the people elected delegates by counties to attend conventions to discuss and vote on constitutional matters. The result is a far better informed set of electors.

The democracy movement, started a hundred years ago, has gotten out of hand and has immensely damaged our republic.

22 posted on 01/28/2014 1:59:16 AM PST by Jacquerie (Restore federalism and freedom. Repeal the 17th.)
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To: Ken H

Snopes is a natural source for dopes.


23 posted on 01/28/2014 2:50:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: CodeToad

I know how EBT cards work and even if they get cash to buy pot I am still paying for it.


24 posted on 01/28/2014 2:54:00 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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