January 9, 2017 at 4:20 pm January 31, 2017 at 11:04 am TAGSGreg JacksonMedical Marijuana Previous articleBreaking News: Reward for Loyd increasedNext articleDemings to murder suspect: “Turn yourself in” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia 4 COMMENTS Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Recreation marijuana, now that is very different subject than medical marijuana, and I am referring to the medical marijuana. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Reply Dat Poe January 9, 2017 at 4:28 pm Thank you for sharing Greg!The taboo or misunderstood can become, not so taboo, or misunderstood when we hear the personal stories of the people who stand on the opposing side of our own views. Our communities “Cannabis Controversy” has, always, been rooted in RACISM and ECONOMICS. It has never been concerned about the health consequences of use, as those who stand on the opposing side of the recreational or medicinal use of cannabis today would like us all to believe. For example, if this conversation took place in 1937 when cannabis became federally illegal we would be listening to the same anti-cannabis rhetoric we are hearing today, which is quite interesting. However, today we notice the arguments of the 20’s – 30’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and 80-90’s are loosing their grip on the public opinion in our communities and around the world, causing a shift in perception. At the inception of cannabis becoming federally illegal we were told very intentional things about WHO was using it and WHAT it made them do. The conversation about who would benefit, economically, was not discussed much or given equal “air time” in the development of the peoples perception as to why it was so mandatory to prohibit. (Follow the money) The dialog continues about WHO is using it and WHAT it makes them do. The conversation on “who is using it” has done its damage. Skillful architects have painted negative portraits of black and brown people for over seven decades as criminals for using cannabis. And while the attacks have slowed, the messages communicated throughout those decades have remained etched in our minds. The conversation on “what it makes them do” continues today but the pendulum has swung dramatically from believing that it would make colored people rape white women to reliving a young girls seizure, to use your example. The conversation on “who is using it” is changing and so are our opinions, which is also quite interesting. So, what about the money (ECONOMICS) and as Mama Mia pointed out, “the growers who have invested heavily”, that is to be continued in a second post… Power To The People – #2 forbidden flower Dat Poe Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. So what about the money (ECONOMICS)? Amendment 2 has sent Florida into a Weed Rush of sorts.The growers MamaMia wrote a concern for the grower’s investments into the legal industry of marijuana and I say simply business is business. And business has always been about investment, risk, etc. Lets not begin to show such an exaggerated concern for the patients who could benefit from it’s use nor its investors as if Pill Mills (Pharmaceutical Companies) aren’t the epitome of “big business” and that people within the health and wellness industry haven’t known about alternative forms of medicine verses our preferred synthetic version we see shoved in our faces when walking down the aisles of any CVS or Walgreens. Our conversation around marijuana medical or recreational has always been tied to economics as any other commodity people choose not to make or are not able (legally) to make or can not make themselves. As far as paying attention to our local government and how they choose to bring in such establishments, I agree, but they are already here.We may not see the “smoke shop” with a cannabis embroidered flag flying high with Bob Marley blaring outside of it, because Apopka does need “smoke shops”. Apopka has land and established nurseries with facilities already cultivating a variety of plants and don’t think that cannabis is not on their minds. For god sake the University of Florida has a research and education center for Food & Agriculture located on the outskirts of Apopka. Do you believe they won’t begin to utilize their facility for researching different cannabis strains; they are already growing Florida specific hops for beer. Don’t be fooled by the fear propaganda that our society is going to go mad crazy because smoke shops they call dispensaries will pop up right in front of us, because they’ll be growing it right behind us. I apologize for this post, I try to write formally providing less emotional language with detailed facts, but none of us can afford being uninformed, especially when others who are the biggest beneficiaries are completely informed. Politics tend to trail behind business and business trails no one because the next billion-dollar business has already been identified while investors wait eagerly to invest in the next big idea. Bruce Hornsby said, “…That’s just the way it is…” and 2 Pac seconded it. Power To The People – #3 Reply January 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here A little wacky tobackyOpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Four years ago, when the conversation about medicinal marijuana in the State of Florida really picked up steam, I was staunchly opposed to even having a conversation about the legalization of weed for medical purposes or otherwise. As a person who has never partaken in the communal jester of “puff-puff-pass” my view of weed, herb, hemp, Mary Jane, or whatever name it was called back in the 90’s, was that it was a gateway drug; one that folks experimented with before moving on to the hard stuff.However, as the conversation deepened in 2016 and some of my friends confided in me that they were “smokers,” my stance on the topic lightened a bit. One of the more compelling reasons for medicinal marijuana was shared with me by a close friend who suffers from chronic joint pain (no pun intended . . . well maybe a little). My friend told me that there are times when he can hardly move around due to pain, so he takes a “toke” every now-and-again. According to my friend, weed is natural and since he is very leery about taking ibuprofen or anti-inflammatories that may damage his liver or kidneys due to long term use, he prefers to go natural. When I recommended my drug of choice – Icy Hot and an occasional deep tissue massage at RDV – he respectfully countered by stating his most effective relief comes from marijuana.Shortly after my discussion with my friend, I read a story about a young girl who suffered from seizures who found relief with medicinal marijuana. I read about a cancer patient who had severe nausea from chemotherapy and found relief with medicinal marijuana. Even more close to home, a family member who suffers from HIV shared that many of her friends with the disease use marijuana to help with weight gain. With each story, I developed a greater understanding of medicinal marijuana, its uses and benefits, and changed my stance a bit to support medicinal marijuana. However, after being contacted by an out-of-state entrepreneur seeking to establish a dispensary in West Orange County, “like the weed shop in the movie Entourage,” I surmised that with a medicinal marijuana grow facility less than 10 miles away, in Winter Garden, there is a very real possibility that a “weed shop” may be coming to a location close to home soon.Because my vision of a “weed shop” has always been the California-model that Snoop Dog brags about, I did some research and found that there are actually a couple shops already quietly operating in our state. Using Surterra, one of the five state approved dispensaries, which has a Wellness Center in Tampa as an example, folks should understand that these “weed shops” will be placed in approved areas and will follow strict guidelines. The Surterra dispensary is a 2,000-square-foot storefront that many say resemble a day spa or high-end salon. The store is supervised by a registered nurse and offers three types of marijuana products: two oral products that are sprays and tinctures, as well as lotions used to spot-treat pain. But the real question is: Will there ever be a move to approve the recreational use of marijuana? If so, are these dispensaries and “weed shops” the first step to bringing those establishments into existence in our state?While some municipalities have place moratoriums to ban “weed shops” for a set period of time, many folks in Apopka do not know what their future is in this regard. With a projected 450,000 Florida patients qualifying to use medicinal marijuana to address debilitating illnesses, dispensaries are looking to expand their operations, which will include “weed shops.” Now may be a good time to know where your local government stands on bringing such establishments to the Apopka community – in my humble opinion. Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 What seems apparent is that Trump’s appointed people will be nipping at the heels of the issue of medical marijuana that has been voted in by the different state’s voters. Jeff Sessions is very anti-marijuana. This is a perfect example of the Republicans claims that they don’t want to interfere in your personal life’s decisions, but the actions they legislate are the exact opposite. Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law, is what I understand. Will Trump and his people push to override state and local laws? We will have to wait and see. Meanwhile, there are people suffering and children who need the relief, some terminally ill, and who will most likely die before they ever have a chance to see if it works for them, due to politics of the goody-goody holier-than-thou federal politicians. I think our city council members will wait it out and see what transpires on the federal level, or at least see how the state is going to proceed, knowing Sessions views of marijuana. If Trump’s people come down on medical marijuana with strict enforcement, it is not fair at all to the growers who have already invested heavily or to sick people who need it’s relief.