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Medical Marijuana Initiative

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times

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Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment that would legalize possession and sale of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients would need a doctor's certification that they have a debilitating illness or condition. Polls indicate broad support, but Amendment 2 must pass by 60 percent or more to succe …

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  1. Ex-Florida Supreme Court justices against amendment for medical marijuana

    Health

    TALLAHASSEE — A group fighting Amendment 2 has won the backing of seven former state Supreme Court justices to oppose the effort to legalize medical marijuana. But the spokesman for a group working to secure the measure's passage downplayed the development, saying the current court is what matters.

  2. Times poll: Many voters still unsure about medical marijuana amendment

    State Roundup

    Though early polling showed overwhelming support for medical marijuana in Florida, a new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll indicates that many likely voters are still unsure about a constitutional amendment that would allow it.

    Medical Marijuana [iStockphoto.com]
  3. John Morgan, caught on video, gives pot opponents an opening

    State Roundup

    John Morgan, the trial lawyer leading and funding the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, should hope that the folks on the other side don't turn a recent video clip of Morgan into a TV ad. Morgan, appearing to have a cocktail in hand and sounding like it too, led a rally in the Lakeland area Friday. The …

    John Morgan, leading the effort to legalize medical marijuana, had choice words for young supporters in Lakeland.
  4. MS patient talks about relief she finds with marijuana (w/video)

    Health

    SEMINOLE — Peggy Alcorn, a 68-year-old retiree, exercises every day in her swimming pool. • She hangs onto the edge for an hour — bouncing, swaying, kicking and singing to a mix of 1980s hits streaming from her computer. Every 15 minutes or so, she picks up a pipe and takes a few puffs of pot. • …

    Peggy Alcorn, 68, suffers from multiple sclerosis and smokes marijuana in her pool between songs as part of her daily dance workout. She says dancing in the pool for about an hour and smoking a small amount of pot is enough to make her able to move without pain for the day.
  5. Potential health risk of medical marijuana: It's complicated

    Elections

    Humans have cultivated marijuana for thousands of years — using fiber for cloth, oil for food, smoke for ceremonies and chemicals for medicine.

    Jim Buresch, 45, who is HIV positive, poses with a year’s worth of bottles (the darker ones on the left) that contained marijuana he bought from an unofficial, unlicensed dispensary when he lived in Seattle. The other bottles are a year’s worth of medication he takes for symptoms now.
  6. Why they smoke: Medical marijuana and Floridians who use it

    Elections

    Floridians will decide Nov. 4 whether to add medical marijuana to the state Constitution, testing if a cultural change fostered in the liberal West and Northeast can penetrate the South.

    Toby (right) waits while his owner Jim Buresch, 45, who is HIV positive, smokes marijuana to help with joint pain before taking their daily morning walk. Buresch says the drugs he takes to fight HIV disease made him vomit and eliminated any interest in eating. Pot minimized nausea, restored appetite, helped with joint discomfort and helped his frame of mind. "I wasn't as depressed. I wasn't as traumatized. I wasn't just sitting around waiting to die,'' he said.
JOHN PENDYGRAFT  |  Times

  7. John Morgan, Grady Judd debate Florida's medical marijuana amendment

    State Roundup

    LAKELAND — Two of the loudest voices in the campaign over Amendment 2 went head-to-head during a debate in Lakeland on Thursday night.

    Orlando lawyer John Morgan, left, and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd are on opposite sides of the medical marijuana debate in Florida. [Times files]