Disputes Over Medical Marijuana in the State's Capitol

TALLAHASSEE-- State officials continue to ramp up efforts to grow and distribute Charlotte's Web which is a non high producing form of marijuana.

The hope is it will provide relief for some medical conditions.

A coalition of anti drug advocates is upping the volume on their anti marijuana message.

In Reefer Madness, a 1930's movie aimed at the problems of marijuana, the drug is depicted as a killer.

Now, the Don't Let Florida Go To Pot coalition says many of the fears of yesteryear are a reality where medical marijuana has been legalized.

Rachel O'Bryan of Smart Colorado says the path to legalization in Colorado could be duplicated in Florida under Amendment 2.

"It will allow the use of marijuana for any medical condition, it will allow teenagers to obtain it, it will allow for the development of marijuana foods including candies that will appeal to kids."

Sheriff's supported the Charlotte's Web legalization earlier this year after initially opposing it. But they are opposed to full blown medical marijuana.

"More dispensaries than Starbucks. DOH, their own numbers estimate 789 dispensaries or treatment centers within Florida," Sheriff Don Enslinger said.

But the Department of Health, the same people who will regulate Charlotte's Web, which sheriffs supported, will also be responsible for saying who and how people would get medical marijuana.

Florida's amendment would allow edible pot and the anti pot advocates are quick to point out the one case in Denver where someone ate far too much marijuana.

"His product, you know, was a cookie, with six servings of marijuana in it in one cookie," O'Bryan said.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have some form of legalized medical marijuana.

Six of every ten voters would have to vote yes for medical marijuana to become law in Florida.

In the ten states where marijuana has been voted upon by the public, five of the ten had approval margins above 60 percent.

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