Pubdate: Sun, 16 Jun 2013
Source: Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
Copyright: 2013 Sun-Sentinel Company
Author: Juan Palenzuela


The comprehensive June 12 op-ed by Howard Simon of the ACLU on the 
drug war debacle exposes the ugly truth of this issue.

Instead of a new approach, our legislators did not have the decency 
to provide even one committee hearing for the medical marijuana bill 
introduced this session through the efforts of state Sen. Jeff 
Clemens, state Rep. Katie Edwards and the Florida Cannabis Action Network.

The rest of the leadership's consensus on the issue can be summed up 
with Gov. Rick Scott's bookend actions of welfare drug-testing and 
his failure to veto the useless bong ban. To say most of the leaders 
on this appear as bigots, or woefully ignorant, is a charitable statement.

Truly a slap in the face of our returning veterans and civilian 
patients alike who continue to be denied safe access to this 
medicine. From here it seems a great distance to sensible 
legalization and taxation of cannabis for Floridians.

Hopefully in the near future, Flori-duh can change these hateful laws.

Juan Palenzuela, Hollywood
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