It was not terribly long ago that the Attorney General of the state of Florida thumbed her nose at the will and desires of her constituents and said, “Whether the [Medical Marijuana] Amendment passes or not, the medical use of marijuana is a federal criminal offense.” Ms. Bondi was stating the health choices and freedoms of the voting members of Florida did not matter to her. Ms. Bondi was going to enforce the Federal Government’s decision to back the Federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 classifying marijuana as a Schedule I drug, no matter what the vote turned out. It did not matter that in almost the exact same breath she stated that she was not worried about what the federal government ruled on gay marriage, the law of Florida was that it was illegal, and she would uphold that law.
The vote on the Amendment in November of 2014 showed that an overwhelming majority of Floridians wanted medical marijuana to be available in their state, no matter what the federal government said about scheduling. Still though, millions of Floridians go without the medical care they want, and voted to have in place. Even the efforts of former Libertarian Candidate for Attorney General Bill Wohlsifer to have Cannabis plants with low-grade THC to be removed from Florida’s Schedule I came up short with many in opposition stating the Federal Government has Scheduled it, and there is nothing else to say on the matter. They had absolutely zero interest in exactly how industrial hemp has the ability to boost the Florida economy, they were willing to just give up, and let the Federal Government dictate what is allowed in the state, and what is not.
Once again, those who constantly cite the Federal Government as an omnipotent being have decided to show their latest attempt in controlling the rights and freedoms of Floridians, while showing no shame about their hypocrisy. President Obama’s handpicked wing-woman, Kristin Jacobs, has decided her first order of business as a brand new member of Florida’s House of Representatives is to reschedule Kratom. Ms. Jacobs submitted this bill even though she was dealt an embarrassing defeat trying to ban the tree as one of her last acts as outgoing Commissioner of Broward County, FL, where even one of Ms. Jacobs own donors said “the ban doesn’t make sense.”
Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) is a tree in the coffee family native to Southeast Asia. Its leaves are primarily used to uplift moods and treat health problems. This is probably why Kratom is not on the federal governments list of scheduled substances, but instead is viewed in the same vein as caffeine.
Inexplicably, Kristin Jacobs wants to ban the natural leaf from the state of Florida. She has no problem with the fact that the Federal Government has not found a reason to schedule Kratom, even as the lowest classification. Ms. Jacobs has a personal vendetta against Kratom and apparently does not care about what her voters think about her quixotic quest.
If we take the approach of Ms. Bondi, when it comes to medical marijuana, and say that no matter what Floridians want, we must follow the law set forth by the Federal Government, this bill to ban Kratom should be abandoned immediately. If we take the approach of Ms. Bondi when concerning gay marriage we should immediately reschedule marijuana because that is what the people of Florida want.
While Kristin Jacobs’s record on Medical Marijuana was not readily available on VoteSmart.org, and my attempts to contact the Representative went unanswered, one could venture to guess she would tend to agree with Ms. Bondi’s position of the subject, putting aside the party platforms dividing the two. I guess it is easier to cite the Federal Government when it is beneficial to your ideals as opposed to standing on your own words and merit.
Hypocrisy, thy name is Floridian Leadership.
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