Cathy Jordan, a disabled ALS activist was arrested after her home was raided by the Manatee County Sheriff’s office for cultivating plants for her personal medical use. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001708/) . The Libertarian Party of Florida had regional representative Bill Wohlsifer, Esq., draft the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.
Introduced in the Florida Senate (see the bill by clicking here), the bill will allow for the state to change its law to allow marijuana use for medical purposes. The bill clarifies who is permitted to cultivate, manufacture, possess, dispense, administer, or use medical cannabis, and will protect physicians from sanctions for recommending medical marijuana. A companion bill is expected in the house. The Libertarian Party of Florida wishes to follow 18 other states that have successfully passed and regulated medical marijuana. The LPF’s Executive leaders condemn the actions the Manatee County’s Sherriff has taken against Jordan and hopes the Medical Marijuana bill passes, especially after a poll showed Florida citizens in favor of this law. If passed, the Medical marijuana law is expected to bring substantial tax revenue, create jobs, put vacant commercial realty into use, and boost the farming industry. Karen Goldstein, Director NORML of Florida, and Dana Moxley-Cummings the Chair of the LPF’s Legislative Review Committee, were an instrumental factor in getting the bill prepared for legislative review.