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No Medical Weed, Says Florida Medical Board (FMA)

  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    The Florida Medical Association, a statewide lobbying group for doctors, has announced that it “strongly” opposes the medical marijuana referendum going to voters in November.

    In a statement released Monday, the group said it unanimously voted to oppose the measure at its annual conference in July. The resolution of opposition said marijuana should be “subject to the same standards” as other prescription drugs and be brought to market through the Food and Drug Administration’s process of testing and trials, not a political vote. The group also rejected smoking as a way of taking a medication because it posed its own health hazards. The FMA also said vague language in the ballot amendment “would allow healthcare providers with absolutely no training in the ordering of controlled substances, to order medical marijuana.”

    The FMA statement went on to say, “As an association that represents more than 20,000 physicians, we have come together to reject an amendment that does not have the proper regulations in place, approves an unsafe method of drug delivery and puts a substance that has drug abuse potential in the hands of Floridians, if approved in November. FMA also rejects a process whereby initiatives to approve medicines are decided by methods other than careful science-based review.”

    In a response released Monday evening, United for Care, the political organization advocating for medical marijuana, said conclusions about a lack of training for health care providers were “premature” when the Florida Department of Health would be tasked with writing up regulations to address training and qualifications after the measure passed.

    United for Care’s statement said: “The Association's stance apparently does not take into account the many scientific studies, as well as copious anecdotal evidence, pointing to the efficacy of medical marijuana in alleviating symptoms from a wide range of debilitating diseases and conditions. “In our view, opposing the reasonable availability of this powerful therapeutic tool to the severely ill as outlined by Amendment 2 does not constitute the type of compassionate care that Floridians expect from their physicians.’’

    Gainesville.com/August 5, 2014

    http://www.gainesville.com/article/20140805/ARTICLES/140809814/0/search?p=2&tc=pg

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    Note To Keep In Mind: The Florida Amendment II Legislation for legalizing medical marijuana use in the state is being voted on November 4, 2014. The latest poll conducted this past week by the Huffington Post shows those in favor of legalization ahead with 88-90% of the vote, regardless of voters' education levels, financial status, religious or political affiliations.

    Adding the organizations and the individuals in favor of a responsible medical marijuana policy consisting of
    International and National Organizations​


    • AIDS Action Council
    • AIDS Treatment News
    • American Academy of Family Physicians
    • American Medical Student Association
    • American Nurses Association
    • American Osteopathic Association
    • American Preventive Medical Association
    • American Public Health Association
    • American Society of Addiction Medicine
    • Arthritis Research Campaign (United Kingdom)
    • Australian Medical Association (New South Wales) Limited
    • Australian National Task Force on Cannabis
    • Belgian Ministry of Health
    • British House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology
    • British House of Lords Select Committee On Science and Technology (Second Report)
    • British Medical Association
    • Canadian AIDS Society
    • Canadian Special Senate Committee on Illegal Drugs
    • Dr. Dean Edell (surgeon and nationally syndicated radio host)
    • French Ministry of Health
    • Health Canada
    • Kaiser Permanente
    • Lymphoma Foundation of America
    • The Montel Williams MS Foundation
    • Multiple Sclerosis Society (Canada)
    • The Multiple Sclerosis Society (United Kingdom)
    • National Academy of Sciences Institute Of Medicine (IOM)
    • National Association for Public Health Policy
    • National Nurses Society on Addictions
    • Netherlands Ministry of Health
    • New England Journal of Medicine
    • New South Wales (Australia) Parliamentary Working Party on the Use of Cannabis for Medical Purposes
    • Dr. Andrew Weil (nationally recognized professor of internal medicine and founder of the National Integrative Medicine Council)

    About Author

    Beenthere2Hippie
    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

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