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Posted: Thursday, August 15, 2013 6:09 pm | Updated: 8:51 pm, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

MANATEE COUNTY FL--The group United for Care is celebrating the mile stone of getting enough signatures supporting medical marijuana legislation to trigger a review by the Supreme Court.  Which has those who support the measure excited. 

"I'm still alive," said Cathy Jordan.  Cathy says she was given a death sentence back in 1989.  That's when she found out she had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or ALS, which is often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease". An illness that once diagnosed can sometimes prove fatal in just a few years.   Cathy and her husband Robert credit medical cannabis for keeping her alive.

"She's lived 27 years with it, there's something there.  There's science behind it now," said Robert.

And Cathy went on to list those benefits.  "I just smoke a little cannabis it makes me un-depressed it gives me an appetite it keeps me on the road."

Cathy's list went on and on.  Which is why her and her husband have been pushing the Kathy Jordon medical cannabis legislation.  

"Florida Can, is not only in favor of making pharmaceutical drugs out of cannabis for patients but we are out to protect the plant," added Cathy.

But not every one agrees.

"We can go down the road of tobacco and alcohol and see that that is not a viable revenue stream when you look at the social cost and how much it cost for treatments." said Dr. Jessica Spencer with the Manatee County Substance Abuse Collision.  Spencer, says if medical marijuana is legalized the negatives will far out way benefits.  "The states in United States that have legalized the drug, have actually had an increase in issue not only from a law enforcement standpoint but from a treatment stand point." added Spencer.

To get the word out the Substance Abuse Collision has launched a Marijuana Task Force, they hope it will help prevent the legalization of the plant.  The group held a meeting Thursday to come up with a strategy to help prevent the measure.

"We are concerned about our kids, we're concerned about our youth and in the states that have legalized marijuana as a quote medicine, there has been an increase in youth using the drug, " said Spencer.

But Robert says he has information that contradicts that belief. "In state where it's legalized just the opposite has happened.  It's no big deal to kids now.  We are just trying to get a safe legitimate drug to people to use that's our whole goal."

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  • tim posted at 2:10 pm on Fri, Aug 16, 2013.

    tim Posts: 106

    ---""We are concerned about our kids, we're concerned about our youth and in the states that have legalized marijuana as a quote medicine, there has been an increase in youth using the drug, " said Spencer."---

    what a dummy....the kids can get marijuana easier than alcohol BECAUSE IT'S ILLEGAL. the "drug" dealers don't ask for ID. furthermore; the USA has over 2 million in prison and counting, many of which are non-violent "drug" offenders. Mexico is now OWNED by drug cartels who torture and murder tens of thousands annually over marijuana turf..... someone tell that not-so-smart, PHD woman that PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK and never has. if she can read, she should research alcohol prohibition..... all it does is destroy our bill of rights. we have lost more liberties fighting the "war on drugs" than any other single foolhardy gov venture.

  • knowa posted at 10:04 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

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  • knowa posted at 9:18 pm on Thu, Aug 15, 2013.

    knowa Posts: 3

    As the generation most brain washed and damage from the lies of yellow journalism leave the scene and the morality police and the addiction of the prohibition Industry continue the evils they are doing have done and will do to keep their cash cow milking, violating people natural law rights and civil rights. They will continue to be ante science and on the wrong side of History. There has never been any legitimate reason that it should every of been made illegal in the first place I say to them do your own research not the can of lies you feed the ignorant. Florida needs Medical now. http://www.unitedforcare.org/sign_up?recruiter_id=2300