Editor’s note: The following is cross-posted from Politics of Pot.com.
Amendment 2 supporters are preparing for the rule-making process in anticipation that Florida voters will approve the use of the marijuana plant to treat sick people.
A former Florida House Speaker and a former senate leader will lead a blue ribbon commission that will research medicinal marijuana issues and serve as an information resource for policymakers if Amendment 2 passes in November.
Former Speaker Jon Mills, who successfully defended the ballot initiative before the Florida Supreme Court, will chair the commission with former state Sen. Alex Diaz de la Portilla as a vice chair.
The commission is a joint effort by a group called Florida for Care and United for Care, one of the driving forces behind Amendment 2.
Political consultant Brian Franklin wrote a mission statement for Florida for Care last year. It stated, “Florida for Care believes Florida has the opportunity to set the standard for what a state medical marijuana system should look like and how it can function most effectively.”
The commission members include former Flagler County Sheriff Jim Mafre and Eckerd College’s Dr. Greg Gerdeman, who has researched cannabis addiction.
David Jones, communications director for the Florida Cannabis Action Network, said Florida for Care is attempting to coordinate activities with other groups working on issues related to medicinal marijuana. Two members of the Cannabis Action Network, Irv Rosenfeld and Robert Jordan, will serve on the commission’s Patient Advocate Subcommittee.
The purpose “is to advocate for a strong, well-regulated Florida medical marijuana system under Amendment 2,” said Jones.
The federal government has been supplying Rosenfeld, who suffers from a bone tumor disorder with medical marijuana for 31 years. Robert Jordan last year successfully invoked a 1991 “Medical Necessity Defense” ruling by the First District Court of Appeals when he was arrested for growing marijuana for his wife, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The commission is composed of legal, health and government experts along with patient advocates. An announcement of the commission and its full membership is expected Wednesday. Florida for Care will also launch its website and active a Twitter account Wednesday, as well.