Are you supporting Amendment 2 (Medical marijuana)?
This week SFGN launches “Speak OUT” a weekly feature giving a regular voice to South Florida LGBT leaders.
Below are some of their answers:
Supporting Amendment 2 allows people suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer, epilepsy and others access to medical marijuana, which has proven effective in relieving the symptoms of these illnesses. Medical marijuana is less harmful and less addictive than opiate derived medications being prescribed to combat these illnesses. If Floridians approve medical marijuana in November, the Florida legislature should adopt regulations to ensure that medical marijuana is not abused and that it is used for its intended purpose.
— Michael C. Gongora, former Vice Mayor of Miami Beach
I support the legalization of medical marijuana due to the many varied conditions it can successfully treat. We should not be blocking access to a drug that is cheap and readily available, easy to tolerate, with minimal side effects, and with proven efficacy.
— Noah Kitty, Rabbi and Executive Director of Congregation Etz Chaim
I quit smoking pot recreationally when I quit drinking twenty years ago, but I'd smoke it again if I was dealing with persistent nausea. In that event, I'd want to be able to secure it easily and without fear of being caught.
— Brian McNaught, noted columnist, author and LGBT activist
Amendment 2 "Allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician." When implementing any new policy, often the "action plan" to cover every eventuality to ensure it benefits those it is intended to, and keep away from those who would abuse it, falls short. If distribution, access and production could be properly regulated, then this amendment could truly help those whom are suffering.
— A.J. Alegria, President of Impulse Group — Fort Lauderdale
Having been an outspoken advocate of legalizing marijuana for more than 40 years, I am very encouraged by the polls, which indicate that an overwhelming majority of Floridians support Amendment 2. Seniors throughout the state are among the leading supporters of legalizing medical marijuana the obvious reason: Weed is an organic alternative to the pharmaceuticals being prescribed for relief of the aches and pains which go along with the aging process.
— Rand Hoch, President and Founder, Palm Beach County Human Rights Council