Florida’s Doctor Lobby Says ‘No’ To Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  Florida’s largest physicians group came out strongly against medical marijuana last week, saying the proposed constitutional amendment to allow it would lead to “improper access” to the drug.

Dr. Alan Pillersdorf, a Palm Springs cosmetic surgeon and president of the 20,000-member association, explained the reasoning in a written statement. Essentially, the Florida Medical Association argues that the proposal does not place enough controls on prescribing:

“We believe the unintended consequences of Amendment 2 are serious and numerous enough for us to believe they constitute a public health risk for Floridians,” Pillersdorf wrote. “The lack of clear definitions in the amendment would allow healthcare providers with absolutely no training in the ordering of controlled substances, to order medical marijuana.”

 

Florida Medical Association Opposes Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:

The Florida Medical Association, a statewide lobbying group for doctors, has announced that it “strongly” opposes the medical marijuana referendum going to voters in November.

In a statement released Monday, the group said it unanimously voted to oppose the measure at its annual conference in July. The resolution of opposition said marijuana should be “subject to the same standards” as other prescription drugs and be brought to market through the Food and Drug Administration’s process of testing and trials, not a political vote.

The group also rejected smoking as a way of taking a medication because it posed its own health hazards.

The FMA also said vague language in the ballot amendment “would allow healthcare providers with absolutely no training in the ordering of controlled substances, to order medical marijuana.”