A BACK DOOR TO RECREATIONAL POT by Jerry Demings, Don Eslinger, (Source:Orlando Sentinel)

A BACK DOOR TO RECREATIONAL POT by Jerry Demings, Don Eslinger, (Source:Orlando Sentinel)

6/10/14

Amendment 2 may be on the November ballot, but don’t expect the push to change the Florida Constitution to legalize medical marijuana to sail through.  

The Drug Free Florida Committee – partnering Save Our Society from Drugs and the Florida Sheriffs Association – for example, hopes to snuff out support.  Orange and Seminole County Sheriffs Jerry Demings and Don Eslinger recently shared concerns with the Sentinel Editorial Board.  An excerpt of the discussion appears here and on YouTube.  Search “Orlando Sentinel.” 

Q: What consequences do you foresee should Amendment 2 pass? 

E: I think it will adversely impact our quality of life.  Even [state analysts’ projections] show from [417,252] to 1.6 million qualifying patients.  They estimate there’ll be over 1,700 pot shops and treatment centers.  We believe it’s de facto legalization.  [For] qualifying patients, there is no age requirement.  [Proprietors are] free from civil and criminal liability, as is the physician …  and then even the treatment centers, including employees, are held harmless in this amendment.  

Q: What is the Sheriffs Association position on Charlotte’s Web? 

D: I believe I stand with the majority of sheriffs in that we’re very compassionate about individuals for whom this could benefit them in some health way.  Charlotte’s Web is a non-euphoric, nonsmokable form of marijuana that certainly assists some individuals with debilitating illnesses.  We get that….  

We want to avoid the likelihood that individuals will simply be skirting the law and using the ruse of using [other forms of marijuana] for medical purposes, but really doing it for recreational purposes or supporting some other habit they have.  

E: There have been states where they passed medical and go back for another voter initiative for recreational use.  

Q: Can you see how amendment supporters would want to expand the compassionate Charlotte’s Web appoach? 

D: That’s the challenge, I think, and the problem we see with the current language in the amendment.  It’s not clear enough to avoid the abuse of misapplication of what is intended …  It is disturbing to me that this amendment [is] being pushed forward without one shred of medical science to back it up; yet it is being pushed forward for medical reasons.  

Q: Could there have been an amendment legalizing marijuana for medical purposes that you think the Sheriffs Association could have supported? 

E: No.  We don’t think that offering medicine to the public by popular vote without the FDA safety net [is wise].  

Q: What about critics who say your objection about kids’ access to pot is a red herring? 

E: United for Care ( a campaign run by People United for Medical Marijuana and chaired by Orlando attorney John Morgan ) will say that physicians are not allowed to provide medical treatment to minors without parental or guardian consent, and therefore, our age issue is groundless.  This isn’t medical treatment.  They’re not going to provide medical treatment.  They are recommending, without DEA consent and their control number, and they’re issuing a card from the Department of Health.  

Q: With medical marijuana already legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia, isn’t this becoming more common and less definitional for Florida and other states that are considering it? 

D: It’s not purely a defining moment for Florida; it’s a defining moment for our nation.  This is obviously something sweeping across the nation and multiple states.  

Q: Advocates often liken laws against marijuana to prohibition against alcohol.  How do you think it’s different? 

E: Alcohol and tobacco – we haven’t done a good job with [either].  That’s the two leading causes of preventable death, and adding marijuana through de facto legalization isn’t going to help us.  

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It’s time to call “BULLSHIT” on the government…

Public service announcement from the 70’s.

…and might I ad, what a long commercial! I could roll one and use the ladies room during that!

A meal with no name.

I feel a rumbling in my tummy.

What do I have that’s yummy?

There’s not a thing to eat inside this house.

except, perhaps, a single mouse.

There’s not a single scrap of grain or meat,

not one single, solitary, thing to eat.

 

The cow out in the pasture?

I’d have to run much faster.

The chicken in the coop?

I’d end up covered in their poop.

Perhaps a fish from in my pond?

The time for that is, surely long gone.

 

What I crave, it’s much, much, more sweet.

I have it in a room, it’s just down the hall. 

It’s a secret that I keep,

a whole room full of meat.

 

I used to try to name them,

sometimes try to train them.

Now it’s more than enough amusement,

just to get to maim them.

 

Another grumble from my stomach and my thinking becomes clear.

Yes, that will be it, one of them will be my midnight treat!

These men I keep hidden in fear, in secret, and in such defeat.

Yes! Them, these men, one of them will become my meat.

 

Now, just how to choose?

Do I select my meal by their health?

Maybe by their wealth?

Maybe by their looks?

Or who’ll be more fun to cook?

 

Being that they’re numbered, maybe I’ll just choose #3.

#1 was a huge error, he was my first mistake. 

He died of a blow to the heart, a blow with momentum and strength,

he died in the moonlight, a blow with a stake.

#2 was miscalculated and I judged all wrong,

he turned out to be too loud.

I came to the conclusion to burn him into a thick, black cloud.

But #3, yes he will work fine. He was fit, and willing, he’d always been a favorite, 

he would do just fine.

 

Now that I have chosen, 

What is there left to do? 

I’ll have to think, to gather my wits, 

so as to still see sleep before 2.

 

A list of ingredients, 

a list of preparations, 

a recipe of sorts, 

a list full of appetizing actions.

I could hardly wait to get started.

 

He’ll scream through the tenderization, 

I’m sure he’ll still be aware as I begin butchorizatioin.

I’ll leave him to marinate whole while I’m preparing my spices.

I’m sure there’s a more merciful way of being killed, 

but my strong point has never been niceness.

 

While he simmers with my roux

I’ll be dancing over my stew.

And while my heart palpitates,

I can hardly wait!

This meal has filled my dreams, 

it’s always felt obscene.

This aroma ignites my senses,

the meal is finally real!

 

Now, finally, while I’m dining, 

on this stew that feels divining, 

It feels so close to fate,

because this is the most tasty stew I’ve ever ate.

 

Bad thinking…

I thought it would be easy to get on here everyday and write my thoughts. That’s not so easy. I’ve realized that I have something to write about everyday, but I just don’t have the voice or the ability to put into words what’s going on with me.

I’m so out of touch that I didn’t even realize I was.