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To: Florida State Congress
.....Medical Marijuana....
We have to raise awareness and get people involved.

1) Florida lawmakers have introduced a joint resolution that seeks to enact legal protections for patients who use cannabis under the advice of their physician.
House Joint Resolution (HJR) 1407 seeks to authorize the legislature to establish regulations regarding the physician-supervised use of marijuana, and to mandate an affirmative defense from criminal prosecution to select patients. If passed, the HJR 1407 would place the issue on the 2012 ballot, where voters would decide yes or no on the proposal.
You can watch archived video of a recent press conference in support of the measure here.
According to a recent statewide poll, 57 percent of Floridians support allowing authorized patients legal access to marijuana as a medicine.
HJR 1407 has been referred to two legislative committees: the Judiciary Committee, Criminal Justice Subcommittee, and the Health and Human Services Committee. Full text of the measure is available here.
Further information is available from NORML of South Florida at: [email protected] Other Florida NORML affiliates may be contacted here.
To contact your House and Senate members in support of HJR 1407, please enter your zip code below.

2) Legalization of marijuana would cut down on crime. Because marijuana is illegal, it is difficult to manufacture, and is expensive, so users often have to turn to crime to sustain their habit. Legalization would drive the price down and alleviate this problem. Currently, much of the crime that goes on is a result of territory disputes between dealers. Legalization of marijuana would hurt organized crime as a whole. If marijuana was legal, the entire infrastructure of organized crime involved in its manufacturing and distribution would lose any reason for existence because marijuana would be legally produced and sold at a much cheaper price by legitimate companies. Police officers and suspected informants often face retribution by gangs and drug dealers. Legalization of marijuana would simply eliminate the need for dealers and put a stop to all this. Legalization would cut down on corruption in the law enforcement, the government. Officials will no longer be tempted into accepting bribes, and pocketing large amounts of drug money.

3) Legalization would free up resources to fight legitimate crimes. It would end prison overcrowding, as many prisoners are sitting in jails for drug-related convictions. It would free up the court system and the police and allow them to concentrate on other crimes. Fighting marijuana-related "crimes" is costing us tax money.

4) Legalizing marijuana would make it safer for users. One of the main reasons why marijuana is unsafe right now is because it isn't regulated, and its quality isn't monitored by anyone. When people buy marijuana, they don't know for sure what they're getting or where it's been. By legalizing, the goverment could safely control the potency of distributed marijuana.

5) The government has no right to interfere with people's personal freedom as it is currently doing. Smoking marijuana only has the potential to hurt the health of the user. An individual should have the right to choose to use it. People are allowed to skydive, and drive cars. There are risks in those and many other activities, but the government isn't regulating them. Sure, smoking marijuana does put others at minimal risk through second hand smoke and the user's actions towards others, but this is also valid for alcohol and tobacco. This is why driving while stoned should remain illegal.

6) It can help stop suffering from many medical conditions. Marijuana helps increase appetite for cancer patients and could possibly help those with eating disorders. Children are even currently given a pill form of THC for conditions such as ADD and ADHD.

Many people are lead by the goverment to believe that marijuana causes the user to become violent. I believe that even though it may have different effects depending on the person, marijuana smoking usually causes the user to become extremely mellow. I, along with many others, believe that smoking herb is good for the soul and meditation purposes. Smoking it could even end local and global confilcts.

So if you agree with the any above points, please be sure to sign my petition, so that one day, hopefully our dream can become realized!

-Toke On-


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