Florida Surgeon General’s Office Maintains Anti-Cannabis Stance

Recently I signed an online petition to contact the Florida Surgeon General’s office regarding Medical Cannabis and changing the ludicrous Schedule I status.

The text of the letter and the response follows, but first I simply would like to say that cannabis (aka marijuana) is nature made, non-lethal and carries far less problems than alcohol when abused. I’ve never seen anyone get violent on pot. (except maybe concerning a bag of Oreos, I’ve seen someone with a bad case of the munchies tear that sh!t up). When it comes to pot, you shouldn’t give it to minors (except in the case at the link below), you shouldn’t drive under the influence. The fact that some people will abuse it (who frankly will abuse anything including cleaning products and model airplane glues) shouldn’t belie the fact that cannabis has the ability to help those with medical conditions where other methodologies provide little result.

The war on drugs is a very expensive failure and abuse is better dealt with through education and treatment rather than incarceration and interdiction. (and it’s far cheaper)The problem facing those who either wish to use cannabis medically (and there are many documented ailments that are alleviated through the ingestion of cannabinoids) is that an industry has been developed keeping cannabis illegal.

So here is the form letter sent to the Florida Attorney General.

Dear Surgeon General Armstrong,  

I am a Florida resident concerned with the welfare of the many patients in Florida. Our Attorney General, Pam Bondi, was recently petitioned to remove cannabis from Schedule 1 of Florida’s Controlled Substances Act. I trust she will come to you for information and that you are fully informed on the endocannabinoid system and how it homeostatically regulates the other body systems (cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, excretory, immune, nervous, musculoskeletal, and reproductive).

The overwhelming available studies in the National Institute of Health online library should be enough to convince anyone of the importance of returning cannabis to the American Pharmacopeia. Cannabis has been a part of medicine for over 5,000 years. Unfortunately, Congress acted out of misinformed hysteria and enacted laws against the plant in 1937, against the advice of the American Medical Association of the time. Ironically, US Patent 6630507, “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants,” issued October 2003, was assigned to the US Department of Health and Human Services.   Cannabis is a safe medicine for so many people, offering relief of symptoms they can not receive from the traditional medicines used today. For many patients across the country it has made a huge impact improving the quality of life over conventional treatments. Cannabis is being found to cure cancer for many with early detection, and has been a support for those when all else has failed. Eighteen states and Washington DC now have medicinal use of cannabis. That fact clearly shows cannabis does not belong listed on Schedule 1 which requires a threshold of not being accepted for medical use in the United States.

Changing the Florida Schedule of cannabis would allow patients’ current doctors to prescribe or recommend cannabis to those patients it would benefit. This would avoid the “clinic” type of programs that often end up with problems, and have led to what some perceive as chaos in some other states.

The need for the medicine is great. I hope you will help guide Florida in setting up a medicinal use of cannabis program that will set a standard for the nation.  

Sincerely,  

My Name

My Address

Tampa, Florida

So in response the FSG’s office simply maintains the stance (no matter how wrong) and throws in a reminder that while you have written your name and address is available to the public. (I assume that the hint is law enforcement and employers)

Thank you for your email to State Surgeon General Armstrong regarding medical marijuana. The United States Controlled Substance Act lists marijuana as a Schedule I controlled substance, and further states that marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in the United States, lacks accepted safety for use under medical supervision, and has a high potential for abuse. In addition, federal law criminalizes possession of marijuana in any instance.

Possession of marijuana is a crime under federal law.   I appreciate you sharing your concerns about this issue.   Please note: Florida has a very broad public records law. Most written communications to or from state officials regarding state business are public records available to the public and media upon request. Your e-mail communications may therefore be subject to public disclosure.

So in other words, contrary to what we constantly carp about, we don’t actually believe in states rights. We don’t believe in empirical evidence. We will continue to maintain a stance that even the GOP leaning AMA disagrees with.

Florida. We don’t just have backwards voting rules…

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