For immediate release 2016-05-03

Alison Foxall
Libertarian Party of Florida
1-855-FLA FREE (855-352-3733)

The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) Votes to Support Medical Marijuana Constitutional Amendment 2 on the November 2016 Ballot
LPF Executive Committee says “Yes on 2”

Panama City, FL (May 3, 2016) – On Sunday, May 1st, The LPF Executive Committee passed a resolution to support Amendment 2, which will be on the general election ballot for November. The purpose of Amendment 2 is to allow the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions. If passed, it will create a process for Floridians, with the recommendation of a doctor, to legally access marijuana as an alternative medicine. The amendment also establishes that the Florida Department of Health will have regulatory oversight of production and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes. They will also issue identification cards to patients and caregivers.

“There is no reason to deny those in need of medical treatment” states Char-Lez Braden, Chair of the LPF. “Nor should anyone seeking to alleviate their symptoms fear prosecution or be deemed a criminal. It just makes sense that medical marijuana becomes legal. They should not be forced to choose between their life or jail.”

Since its inception in 1987, The Libertarian Party of Florida has always advocated for the decriminalization of cannabis. While it has taken time for overall public perception to change, the tides are turning across the country in support of decriminalizing its use. One thing that remains certain, is that the “war on drugs” has been an abject failure since it began during the Nixon administration.

Today, over 24 states in the U.S. have enacted some form of decriminalization of cannabis, most of which were accomplished by citizen ballot initiatives to allow for either recreational or medicinal use. Several more states are considering decriminalization efforts, either by ballot initiative or through furthering state enacted legislation. There are also discussions at the Federal level about re-classifying or even removing cannabis from the controlled substances list. The increased demand for cannabis, based on its medical benefits, has disproved the biggest argument of those who support prohibition. While there have been no reported due to marijuana use here in Florida, prescription drug deaths are epidemic.

The LPF recognizes this issue is greater than cannabis, it’s about helping those in need. For many years in Florida, both major parties have ignored their constituents when it came to this very topic. Now, the measure is on the 2016 ballot and will be up to Florida voters to decide. The LPF will continue to advocate for ending drug prohibition in the Sunshine State and understands that change takes time. This is a slow, but important step for progressing individual liberty in Florida.