Doctors’ Lobby Officially Opposes Marijuana Amendment | Tampa Bay Times

The Florida Department of Health is designated as the regulating body under the amendment. It is currently undergoing a rigorous rule-making process to regulate low_THC cannabis which the Legislature legalized last spring. Here’s the FMA press release: Tallahassee, Fla. Following the unanimous adoption of Resolution 14-301 by the Florida Medical Association House of Delegates at the July conference, the FMA today announced its opposition to Amendment 2 the so-called medical marijuana constitutional amendment, which will be on the ballot this November. Providing compassionate care to our patients is something we do every day. We believe the unintended consequences of Amendment 2 are serious and numerous enough for us to believe they constitute a public health risk for Floridians, stated Alan B. Pillersdorf, M.D., president of the FMA. The lack of clear definitions in the amendment would allow healthcare providers with absolutely no training in the ordering of controlled substances, to order medical marijuana. As an association that represents more than 20,000 physicians, we have come together to reject an Amendment that does not have the proper regulations in place, approves an unsafe method of drug delivery and puts a substance that has drug abuse potential in the hands of Floridians, if approved in November. FMA also rejects a process whereby initiatives to approve medicines are decided by methods other than careful science-based review. We recommend that other physician organizations and their members responsibly reject this Amendment, which would provide improper access to cannabis and cannabis-based products, concluded Dr. Pillersdorf. The Doctors of the FMA take their oath and their obligation to patients serious. When voters need advice on issues of medicine and health care, their own doctors can and should be a trusted resource. It is with this obligation in mind that the FMA took the action it did in voting unanimously to oppose Amendment 2. Founded in 1874, the FMA is a professional association dedicated to the service and assistance of Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine in Florida.
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