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Florida Attorney General ‘Just Says No’ To Medical Marijuana
    #652578 - 12/23/12 07:01 PM (3 years, 11 months ago)

Please find below a recent memo from Florida Attorney General’s office rejecting activist’s petition to reschedule marijuana for medical access. This is notable because Florida is a top five political bellwether state, with an aging population, NORML receives more requests from Florida residents than anywhere else in the country to reform local medical cannabis laws.Unfortunately, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office has rejected a petition from the Cannabis Action Network to reschedule cannabis so that sick, dying and sense-threatened medical patients with a doctor’s recommendation can possess and use it legally. As often is the case at the state level, the Attorney General is deferring to federal laws and Congressional intent.

PAM BONDIATTORNEY GENERALSTATE OF FLORIDA OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL
Administrative Law BureauEdward A. TellecheaChief Assistant Attorney GeneralPL-01, The CapitolTallahassee, FL 32399-1050
Phone (850) 414-3300Fax (850) 922-6425

December 12, 2012Jodi JamesDirector, Cannabis Action NetworkMelbourne, FLMs. James:Thank you for your petition wherein you request that the AttorneyGeneral temporarily reschedule cannabis. I have been asked to respond on the Attorney General’s behalf.Section 893.0355, Florida Statutes, delegates to the AttorneyGeneral the authority to temporarily reschedule controlledsubstances set forth in Section 893.03(1), Florida Statutes, by ruleand addresses what factors shall be considered when making such adetermination. The statute reads in part as follows:(3) In making the public interest determination, the AttorneyGeneral shall give great weight to the scheduling rules adopted bythe United States Attorney General subsequent to such substancesbeing listed in Schedules I, II, III, IV, and V hereof, to achievethe original legislative purpose of the Florida Comprehensive DrugAbuse Prevention and Control Act of maintaining uniformity betweenthe laws of Florida and the laws of the United States with respectto controlled substances.The above quoted statutory language makes it very clear that whendetermining whether a controlled substance should be rescheduled theAttorney General must give great weight to the current drugscheduling under federal law. In addition, Florida law also stronglyencourages uniformity in Florida and federal drug scheduling.The Attorney General does not believe that it is in the bestinterest of the public for her to use her authority to temporarilyreschedule cannabis, particularly given the legislative preferencefor uniformity with federal drug laws and the fact that cannabisremains a Schedule I drug under federal law.Sincerely,Edward A. TellecheaChief Assistant Attorney General    

by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive DirectorDecember 21, 2012


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Re: Florida Attorney General ‘Just Says No’ To Medical Marijuana [Re: SpaceMonkey]
    #676316 - 06/27/13 01:59 AM (3 years, 5 months ago)

I know that this attorney general has only been in office less than a year and that he is, and was, a very strong supporter of the President. It does not mean that he can give him a free pass on some of the things this President has done and proposed to do. No one has the right to block any groups right to assemble, carry on meetings, and to try and right some wrongs they see happening.
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