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Proposed Florida Medi-Pot Initiative Open to Widespread Abuse Akin to Pill Mills

August 21, 2013

            For Immediate Release

            For More Information Contact: Lana Beck (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571

Proposed Florida Medi-Pot Initiative Open to Widespread Abuse

Akin to Pill Mills

 

St. Petersburg (August 21, 2013) Recently the New Mexico Medical Board proposed new rules for the state’s medi-pot program due to disciplinary action against two providers believed to have violated standard practice by over-recommending the drug. One physician named in the disciplinary proceedings allegedly is habitually under the influence of marijuana while treating his patients and has approved 98% of his patients who have applied for the medical marijuana program. These proposed new rules will require providers to consult with the patients’ other medical providers before certifying them as eligible to use so-called medical marijuana and require the recommending provider to establish follow-ups to determine continued need.  

 

“This is a perfect example of the abuse we will experience in Florida if pot is legalized under the guise of medicine,” says Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society From Drugs. “We have seen the widespread abuse with pill mills in our state and those same unscrupulous doctors will jump right on the medi-pot bandwagon. Florida’s proposed initiative has no language that requires providers to consult with the patients’ family doctors, nor does it require follow-up visits to determine continued care. The reality is that this certification to smoke pot will be an excuse for many to use marijuana for any purpose,” continued Fay.

“If this loophole-laden initiative should pass, we will have to continuously revise it due to widespread abuse. Again, similar to our pill mills, this issue would constantly have to be addressed at hearings to pass local measures while waiting for the problem to be addressed at the state level, which surely will be a costly effort,” concluded Fay. 

If you would like to set up an interview about this issue with Calvina Fay, or other drug policy experts, please contact Lana Beck at (727) 828-0211 or (727) 403-7571.

Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. is a national and international drug policy organization promoting effective sound drug policies, education and prevention. www.dfaf.org.

Save Our Society From Drugs (S.O.S.) takes a comprehensive approach to promote sound drug policy that includes education, prevention, abstinence-based treatment, scientific research, and community awareness. www.saveoursociety.org.

For more information on the impacts of marijuana, please visit www.unmaskingmarijuana.org

 

Debi MacIntyre, M.Ed., Ed.S.| Executive Director

Safe Climate Coalition of Lake County, Inc.

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