The guest speaker at the 55 Plus Club meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 8 was Sheriff Ben Stewart. The topic Sheriff Stewart discussed was Amendment 2: Medical Marijuana. Amendment 2 will be on Florida voter’s ballots at the General Elections on Nov. 4. For this amendment to pass, it must receive 60 percent of the votes.
To Sheriff Stewart the true medical marijuana law has already been passed and will come into effect on January 1, 2015 and that is the Charlotte Web Legislation.
Charlotte’s Web Legislation is a law that was passed to allow low-THC cannabis to be used to treat patients suffering from cancer or a physical medical condition that chronically produces symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms. If the patient is under the age of 18, a second physician must concur with the first physician’s belief that the patient would benefit from use of low-THC cannabis. THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol is the component in marijuana that gives users the high effect. Charlotte’s Web has a limitation of THC levels in the drugs used but Amendment 2 has no limitations.
Along with it not being a true medical marijuana amendment, Sheriff Stewart sees other issues with Amendment 2. The way Amendment 2 is written is less restrictive than other state’s medical marijuana laws. There are no limits on the amount of marijuana a person with a certificate can possess. There are no requirements for caregivers other than being 21 years of age.
“I just pray that you will vote against it,” said Sheriff Stewart.