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Draining The Swamp

Draining The Swamp

Corrine Brown, former 12 term Representative of a racially drawn, meandering northeastern Florida district has been in hot water over the last year due to charges of corruption, and the temperature just got turned all the way up to 11. Brown lost her seat in the U.S. House this past November following her indictment on 22 instances of fraud and other crimes against the government and the people she represented. Her alleged crimes include ‘pay to play’ schemes and setting up faux charities that she would use for extravagance vacations and other luxurious expenses. You know, a lot like Hillary Clinton was accused of doing, except Brown got caught.

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Posted by on February 9, 2017 in Politics

 

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Florida Medical Marijuana – Let The Florida Legislature Know How You Feel

Florida Medical Marijuana – Let The Florida Legislature Know How You Feel

Find Your Representatives

58% of Floridians supported Amendment 2 legalize medical marijuana for people who were in need. That is a huge margin of victory, even if it was not quite large enough to pass the required 60% of votes needed to amend the state Constitution. Fret not though, for your votes were not cast in vain. You put forth a mandate letting state lawmakers know that you want access to legal medical marijuana and you’re absolutely willing to go to the polls to prove it.

The top line of this article is a link. It will open a new tab or browser window and ask for your home address. You will then be able to see who exactly is representing you in Tallahassee, and Washington D.C. For the purpose of this letter campaign concentrate on who is listed under ‘State House’ and ‘State Senate.’ This handy little website gives you the address of both their local office, and their office in the Capital.

Write them. Early. Often. Be polite. Treat them with respect. The were not the ones who blocked Amendment 2 on November 4th. For all we know they may have supported the movement. The letters are being to reinforce the idea that we’re not going away, we won’t be ignored, and they’re going to have to eventually bring this to the floor and pass it. They might as well do it sooner than later.

What should you write? I plan on sending each of my representatives three letters a week, all three around one page in length. Number one will be my personal story, and how the passage of a bill would benefit me. Number two will detail some of the real science and statistics behind marijuana therapy, not the garbage that Sheldon Adelson was peddling to an uninformed electorate. Lastly I’ll give them the stories of people that I have lost who benefited from therapy, but did so at great risk. Each letter will be concluded with not a threat, but a statement, saying if they are unwilling to help advance this cause, I along with rest of the 58% will find a candidate that will.

Your statements may include something different. Other topics you might wish to include:

How Charlotte’s Web was a good start, but falls woefully short of meeting the needs of the majority.

How ridiculous it is that opioids are legal and far more dangerous.

That prohibition of marijuana works exactly like far-reaching gun control, you’re only hurting people who obey the law, the bad guys get what they want regardless.

The important part is to make your statement is rational, reasonable, and personable. We need them to make this happen, or we’ll be stuck climbing this same steep hill in 2016.

Start writing!

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2014 in Politics, Social

 

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Where Does Florida Medical Marijuana / Amendment 2 Go Now?

Where Does Florida Medical Marijuana / Amendment 2 Go Now?

Florida’s ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, known as Amendment 2, has failed. A mighty battle was fought, but victory was snatched from supporters at the last possible moment. Like many of you, I sat around all night absent-mindedly watching the remaining results file in from across the nation, wondering what could I have done to change things? Should I have started campaigning earlier? Put in more hours? Gave more money? The answer is there really isn’t much else that could have been done. We simply were not prepared for Sheldon Adelson to flood our state with dirty money and misinformation.

Hear this though, we still have the same needs for natural medicine that we had yesterday. Giving up is simply not an option. I haven’t managed to live decades longer than I was supposed to because I was born full of ‘quit.’ I am a fighter. You are all fighters. We are not simply going to lay down and die because some crooked loan-shark tripped us up just short of the finish line. We are going to fight this, starting right now, and not stop until we have won this war.

Start stocking up on pens, paper, envelopes and stamps. Email campaigns are quick, effortless, and free. But how many times have we done that, only to receive a pre-written canned response? Giant sacks of mail flooding the halls of the state capital are much harder to ignore, and I feel that this is the way we should proceed. Our voice was not quite loud enough, so let use the written word to push this over the top, and get our representatives to represent us.

I will find a widget or script of some sort that will give everyone the name, number, email address, and most importantly mailing address of every member of the Florida legislature. If I cannot find something automated, I’ll gladly type it all out by hand. Let’s tell them our stories, explain our pain, and let them all know (politely but firmly) that if they have no compassion for our circumstances, we will replace them with people who do.

Keep an eye out here, I’ll continue to update you on this issue as news breaks. Don’t give up!

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2014 in Politics, Social

 

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Pass Florida Amendment 2

Pass Florida Amendment 2

My views on political topics run conservative. I am anti-abortion, pro-gun, small government, and I do not believe in pushing radical ideas too far, too fast, just for the sake of so-called progress. I would probably be one of the last people you would expect to be pushing pro marijuana legislation. Typically I am against drug use of any kind.

I have a chronic disease that leaves me wheelchair bound, or at times bedridden. The stiffness and pain in my joints has brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion. Imagine what you feel like after sitting at a desk all day, and multiply it by 30 years, with no relief in sight. Add arthritis on top of that, and tendons that will no longer stretch. This is not a plea for pity, but it is an honest look into my life, and the lives of thousands of others.

One day was particularly bad. While watching a football game with a friend, he could clearly see I was in a great deal of discomfort. He had done chemotherapy himself so he had some idea what I was going through. He offered me pot, proclaiming it to be a miracle drug for him, and said I should give it a try. At this point in my life I had never broken any laws worse than an occasional J-walk. Had never even smoked a cigarette. But I was desperate. My pain was over-riding any crisis of conscience I was experiencing. The relief was immediate. The pressure that had been debilitating now felt completely released. My pain was replaced with a gentle tingling sensation and I was comfortableI didn’t have to sit there and puff away until I was in some stoned stupor. I stopped when the pain stopped, and enjoyed watching the rest of the game.

There was no hangover later. No screaming voice inside my head telling me to go rob Grandma so I could get a fix. No bricks in my stomach like the doctor prescribed legal pain medication produces. No nausea, no headaches. Only side effects were a few gentle coughs. Compare that to the highly addictive opioids being handed out like candy by doctors. Those pills are killing people, destroying families, ruining lives, and making pharmaceutical companies billions.

Marijuana does much more than pain relief. It has been proven, scientifically, to relieve symptoms of a multitude of diseases. It calms anxiety, cheers depression, brings sight without pain to glaucoma patients, steadies tremors, gives appetite and quality of life to cancer victims. Sleep to insomniacs. Attention to those with ADHD. The list goes on forever. If you stay away from big pharma when doing your own research, you’ll be amazed at how successful marijuana therapy can be.

Will this amendment be abused by people with no medical need? Absolutely. Just understand that if the criminal element wants pot, they’ll get it. The war on drugs is a disaster, and honestly having a bag of pot delivered to your door is as easy as ordering a pizza. The only people not buying now are good God-fearing folks who could really benefit but are terrified of the legal consequences. 

If you have heard one too many horror stories about pot and you’re not comfortable supporting amendment 2, do those of us that need this bill to pass a huge favor, and just leave it blank. Do anything but fill in ‘No.’ Then your conscience should be clear. Even if you’re not helping our cause, you won’t be doing it any harm. If you can bury all of your preconceived notions, and you are willing to give those of us with chronic conditions a chance at comfort, we all would appreciate you filling in the ‘Yes’ bubble. We need your help.

Thank you.

 
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Posted by on October 30, 2014 in Politics, Social

 

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Florida Amendment 2

Going to write something and post tomorrow about Amendment 2, but wanted to post this in advance to show where I am aligned on the issue.

 
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Posted by on October 29, 2014 in Politics, Social

 

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