Fears Of Marijuana ‘Monopoly’ In Ohio Undercut Support For Legalization

OHIO:  Yellow Springs is a small college town in Ohio that has more than one head shop and a lot of tie-dye and hemp.

Many would consider it ground zero for likely supporters of the referendum on the ballot this November that could make Ohio the fifth state to legalize recreational and medical marijuana.

But the proposal is drawing some unusual opposition — and it’s coming from residents who generally support legalizing 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.”