Latin Times Magazine Volume 13 No 2 - Page 26

LATINO NEWS BITES Pros of Medical Marijuana in Florida Due to Florida’s aging population and significant military presence of former veterans, medical marijuana will bring relief to those suffering from many age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Dementia, and Cancer; in addition to PTSD and pain caused by battlefield injuries. A well regulated medical cannabis industry will do much more than bring increased health and quality of living to Florida residents. It will generate revenues for state coffers if implemented properly. Studies show Florida could have nearly a billion dollar industry within 5 years. The Medical Marijuana Question in Florida By Christopher Carlos Cano, M.P.A. LULAC Florida Deputy State Director for Young Adults This November Floridians will take to the ballot box to decide whether or not to legalize medical marijuana by voting on Amendment 2. There are clear divisions on this issue and the line has been drawn in the sand. The latest Quinnipiac University poll shows 88% of registered voters in Florida would approve marijuana for medical use vs. 10% opposed to the idea. This election cycle will make for interesting studies for years to come. Typically, in off year elections, voter turnout in Florida drops significantly resulting in below 50% of eligible voters coming to the polls. However, the issue of medical marijuana is a game-changer. According to pubmed. gov, there are over 15,000 studies related to cannabinoids and their medicinal effects. Phyto-cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant which effect the human body’s endocannabinoid system. The human body naturally produces compounds similarly found in marijuana. These regulate bodily functions such as sleep, mood, pain, and appetite. This is why medical marijuana has such a significant impact on such a wide variety of ailments. Yet, regardless of how much research contradicts the current scheduling of marijuana, some in America and Florida remain in opposition. So to clearly outline the argument for the undecided voter, we will examine the pros and cons of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida. In 1972, ѡ