Mitch Perry Report 6.27.14: Medical marijuana backlash builds nationally

Posted by Mitch Perry on Fri, Jun 27, 2014 at 9:29 AM

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Blame if you like the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington, but the effectiveness of medical marijuana has never been more under scrutiny than right now, just months before Florida attempts to become the 23rd state in the union to legalize it.

If you don't think so, check out this story in today's New York Times, which states in its opening paragraph that "there is no rigorous scientific evidence that marijuana effectively treats the symptoms of many of the illnesses for which states have authorized its use," adding "instead, experts say, lawmakers and the authors of public referendums have acted largely on the basis of animal studies and heart-wrenching anecdotes. The results have sometimes confounded doctors and researchers."

You wanna bet that the foes of Amendment 2 will be touting this article in television ads later this year?

And then you pick up today's Tampa Tribune op-ed section, which contains an opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus entitled, "The myths of smoking pot." That column contains few thoughts from Marcus, as she gives the column essentially over to Nora Volkow with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If it's "balance" you're looking for from Volkow, you shouldn't read it. But it is an opinion and not a news column.

Add that to Maureen Dowd's recent bad trip in Colorado, after she ingested a caramel chocolate-flavored candy bar, and you've got what Bernard Goldberg would call the "liberal media" coming down harder on pot than we've seen in decades, perhaps.

But it should be noted that there's somewhat of a generation gap here — the liberal columnists are of an older breed who may or may not have ever done anything much stronger than a good Chardonnay, though the Times story today may be harder to refute. The upshot is that the Florida Chamber of Commerce poll released earlier this week has Amendment 2 losing by only getting 58 percent of the vote. That poll skewed conservative, however (it also gave Rick Scott his largest lead of any poll this year), but the point is clear. The medical marijuana initiative in Florida is no gimme, despite those astronomical Quinnipiac polls from earlier this year which had the measure at 80 percent approval.

In other news…

Hillsborough County's relatively new Public Transportation Commission executive director, Kyle Cockream, has been hoping that some local law enforcement agencies would assist his own agents in fining UberX and Lyft drivers roaming the streets of the county without being certified by the PTC, but Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he isn't interested in having his police force help out.

For the third straight summer, the folks with Emerge Tampa Bay held an event talking about transportation opportunities in the region. CL's Zebrina Edgerton-Maloy reports.

And the Tampa neighborhoods of V.M. Ybor and Tampa Heights are getting the opportunity to plant a whole lot of trees, courtesy of a grant the city won.

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the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world...hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions

Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 06/27/2014 at 10:32 AM

backlash? lol, ok..if you call going from 2 or 3 states working on medical marijuana laws a year ago to almost every state in the nation today

about a dozen southern states legalized CBD the last few months...it's on fire

backlash? i don't see it, anywhere

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Posted by Immortal Illumined on 06/27/2014 at 10:33 AM

Vote Yes on #2! Let the DOCTORS decide what medicine is best NOT the Government!

Looking to work with Medical Cannabis in Florida? www.hempstaff.com

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Posted by HempStaff on 06/27/2014 at 2:03 PM

A complete waste of a column. Nothing like a public forum to completely misrepresent what is really going on out in our country. We are nearing the halfway mark in states that have legalized medical cannabis, and the "tipping point" is within sight. Regardless of the fabricated trash this article puts forth, nothing is going to stop the inevitable wave we're seeing. I'm sorry if I offend any right wing sensibilities by saying this, but I feel it's not my place to deprive you of the truth. As for Florida, Amendment 2 WILL PASS on November 4th, and the right to possess legal medical cannabis will be the law of our land! So go ahead, continue to "bring out the trash" with nonsense like this, but the only ones you're convincing with it are already "in your choir" - and that's a whole lot less than 41% of Florida. Yes on 2!

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Posted by Frederick Loren on 06/27/2014 at 2:32 PM

Yes, the Establishment and its lapdog media are pulling out all the stops in trying to orchestrate a "backlash", but it's all more like a throwback.

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Posted by Robert Chase on 06/27/2014 at 4:45 PM

a few op-eds that can be debunked with a .003 sec google search is back lash lol the we dont know enough about marijuana is a huge lie.........

The lie that won’t die: “We don’t know enough about marijuana!”
Drug warriors insist we still don't know enough about its possible therapeutic properties. It's simply not true
PAUL ARMENTANO, ALTERNET

http://www.salon.com/2013/12/26/the_lie_that_wont_die_we_dont_know_enough_about_marijuana_partner/

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Posted by chris on 06/28/2014 at 10:16 AM

We need every vote out there to get this constitutional amendment passed. We need a no hold s barred reaching out to everybody. IF you want this law to pass in FL. If you are not registered to vote and assume this law is going to pass. Think Again! Get your derriere up and out of that couch cushion, register, vote! If You are disinterested in the rest of the ballot, You do not have to vote for anything on it except for Amendment 2. It would nice though if you researched the other issues, the candidates and voted on them also. Nuff Said.

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Posted by Trucker John on 06/29/2014 at 11:49 AM
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