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Original Press Release

Put Medical Marijuana on the 2012 Florida Ballot - PUFMM.org!

FLORIDA COULD BE NEXT MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATE
Organizers around the State Ready to Collect Signatures

Florida – People United For Medical Marijuana has been approved by the Division of Elections to circulate a petition to amend Florida's constitution. This amendment would give patients the right to grow, purchase, posses and obtain marijuana for medical treatment.

There are over 1.7 million seriously ill people in the state of Florida. The uses for this medicine range from pain relief to stopping the spread of breast cancer. It has also been shown to facilitate stem cell implantation. Marijuana can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, arthritis, cancer, glaucoma, Parkinson's and many, many other conditions.

“Patients need a safe, affordable, and effective medication. We hope Florida will lead the nation in marijuana research to further it's uses as a medicine.” said Kim Russell, Chairman of People United For Medical Marijuana."

Medical marijuana has documented history leading back 5,000 years. It could legally be used up until 1970 when the Federal government said it had 'no current accepted medical use' through the Controlled Substance Act. Within 8 years of this Act, a program was established to provide select patients medical marijuana. The Compassionate Investigational New Drug Program is still operating today, but accepts no new patients. There is no question this substance has accepted medical uses. Thirteen states have agreed and passed similar legislation. Nine others are considering a move in this direction.

This is a multi billion dollar a year industry that will have an amazing impact our economy. Florida's revenue from sales tax is expected to exceed $200 million per year for this industry. We will also experience reduced health care expenses, reduced prison costs, and increased job growth. A net result of $1 billion to our tax base could be used for such things as our underfunded education system.

According to The Economist, "If (marijuana) were unknown, and bio-prospectors were suddenly to find it in some remote mountain crevice, its discovery would no doubt be hailed as a medical breakthrough. Scientists would praise its potential for treating everything from pain to cancer, and marvel at its rich pharmacopoeia -- many of whose chemicals mimic vital molecules in the human body."

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Here is what we need from you:
-Petition. If you are a registered voter in the state of Florida, download and print the petition at http://www.PUFMM.org/.... You can mail this to us at the address on the site. Make sure you download a few petitions for your friends to sign as well and send those in with yours.
-Donation. While running this campaign we are facing lots of costs. We need all supporters to send in donations, we have started the $100 in 100 days campaign. If our supporters are able to spend a dollar a day for three months on this campaign, we will have medical marijuana in the state of Florida by 2010.
-Representative. Talk to your state representatives about it. Urge them to initiate and support a statewide medical marijuana program in Florida. We have spoken to multiple representatives that support our cause but fear their constituents don't, let them know that you all do support this!
-Media. Talk to your local media outlets. If you are a patient, let them know your story. Otherwise watch and read and write in letters when you feel a response or more information is needed for an article relating to marijuana.
-Community. This is an effort that is bringing out a lot of community members working inside their area to make change. Talk to your friends, hang up some information around town and on community boards. Make sure you bring up Florida being the next medical marijuana state at least twice a week.
-Internet. Post this all over your facebook and myspace accounts. Go into message boards and give them updates on the progress. Use the internet and its networking capabilities to their fullest potential. This can very easily be done in your free time.

Put Medical Marijuana on the 2012 Florida Ballot - PUFMM.org!




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Polls from Orlando Sentinel show 92.5% support and Naples shows 85% support.

Table of Contents

Page title Most recent update Last edited by
Original Press Release August 15, 2011 9:04 AM kim r.
Ocala Page August 15, 2011 8:59 AM kim r.
About People United For Medical Marijuana - Orlando August 15, 2011 9:09 AM kim r.

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