In a televised debate over Florida’s medical marijuana Amendment 2, opponent Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said “This is about smokeable marijuana for recreational use because people want to sit around Saturday night with the strobe lights going and ‘Cheech and Chong’ playing and smoke their pot.” “It’s a medical issue and it’s an issue of compassion,” countered attorney John Morgan, who is spearheading the push to pass Amendment 2 and often cites the experiences of his brother and father as inspiring his passion for the cause. Polls have shown support for medical marijuana in Florida so far falls short of the 60 percent needed for a constitutional amendment. Morgan said if it doesn’t pass this time, he would “probably” try again, suspecting that the measure would do better in a presidential election year.
Dr. Ron Schwerzler, who caused an uproar at a Tuesday night debate on marijuana legalization when he claimed that five Colorado children died after consuming the drug, on Wednesday retracted his statement and acknowledged he was wrong. “I really need to retract that statement because I can’t back it up,” said Schwerzler, the medical director at Serenity Lane addictions treatment center in Eugene. Schwerzler appeared on a panel debating the legalization initiative, Measure 91, at Portland State University that will be broadcast at 9 a.m. Sunday on KATU(2). When the discussion turned to the issue of how legalization has worked in Colorado, Schwerzler said “Let’s concentrate on those edibles. There have been five infant children deaths in Colorado that have picked up those drugs.” Several people in the audience began rebutting Schwerzler, yelling, “not true” and “what source.” After Schwerzler retracted his claim, Peter Zuckerman, a spokesman for the Yes on 91 campaign, called it “yet another example of how opponents of marijuana reform have for 70 years been using misinformation and scare tactics” to keep the drug illegal.
Residents in the neatly groomed enclave of Laguna Woods, where the median age in 2010 was 77, say medical marijuana has become a necessity for many trying to manage pain. They smoke it, eat it, dab lotion mixed with cannabis on sore joints and summon sleep with a pot-spiked candy bar. Although many of the believers in Laguna Woods Village have used marijuana off and on for much of their lives, 85-year-old Pat McClintock had never considered it — until her back pain set in. McClintock obtained a medical marijuana recommendation from a doctor in March and joined Painter’s collective. Now she exercises every morning, goes to the hot tub in the evening and squirts drops of marijuana oil into her mouth every night.
A Dickinson, Michigan, man faces a possible prison sentence after his 6-year-old daughter showed up to school reeking of marijuana, records show. Randall Raymond Fieck Jr., on Thursday, Oct. 23, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Marquette to manufacturing 50 or more marijuana plants. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. Fieck came to the attention of authorities Jan. 29 after his daughter showed up for kindergarten at Woodland Elementary School in Kingsford “with a strong odor of marijuana on her clothing,” Kingsford Public Safety Sgt. Joseph Menghini said in a criminal complaint. The principal said the girl told her teacher that her father “was growing marijuana plants in the basement of their residence and that she was not supposed to tell anyone,” the sergeant wrote.
Parents from across the country, including a group of moms from Florida, are traveling to the Bay Area to give their sick children what they can’t get at home: medical marijuana. “We are here for safe, consistent access to medication for our children,” said Renee Petro. It’s medication they can’t get at home. Because what they want to give their kids, is marijuana. These kids, either with forms of epilepsy or brain tumors, have tried all the pharmaceuticals doctors have recommended. Some have helped. But pot helps more than most. And in Florida, you can’t legally buy it. They’re living in a gray area of the law. Coming to California to obtain a medicinal marijuana card when they aren’t living in the state is likely illegal. They don’t care. They’ll do whatever it takes. And they’ve come to learn what they can about the drug, and this is the place to do that.