Rick Scott on Drugs



Legalized "Charlotte's Web" low-THC medical marijuana

Jeb Bush is siding with opponents of an initiative on Florida's November election ballot to make medical marijuana legal, despite strong public support for its use as a treatment for debilitating illnesses.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed a law in June allowing the limited use of a special non-euphoric strain of marijuana, known as Charlotte's Web, to treat state residents with epilepsy, cancer and afflictions causing "seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms."

The amendment, if approved by voters, would allow marijuana to be more broadly prescribed by doctors to treat a range of debilitating conditions.

Charlotte's Web is an oil extract not for smoking and is specially cultivated to be very low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the element that gets users high.

Source: David Adams on Reuters: "Jeb Bush joins opposition" , Aug 14, 2014

OpEd: Requiring drug testing for welfare is unconstitutional

In 2010, Rick Scott pushed for a law requiring Floridians receiving welfare funds to prove they were drug-free in order to qualify for assistance. This is the kind of loaded issue that motivates the "right" people to go out and vote. The target audience consists of those who have worked hard all their lives, who feel entitled to keep what's theirs, and who resent a government that would take their wealth & redistribute it to others.

A federal district judge ruled that Scott's law was unconstitutional: Blanket drug testing without probable cause amounts to illegal search and seizure. In this ruling, no shades of gray distinguish between rich and poor.

The State of Florida actually lost money on this misbegotten scheme.

Scott says he will appeal the decision. Is he so thick-headed that he doesn't understand he's on the wrong side of the law and good financial sense, or is he proceeding in order to continue ingratiating himself with the "right" voters?

Source: Sun-Sentinel OpEd on 2014 Florida gubernatorial race , Jan 5, 2014

Random drug testing of state employees

Excerpts from Florida Legislative archives:

Status:Bill passed House, 80-37-2; passed Senate, 29-10-1. (Mike Haridopolos voted YEA).

Source: Florida legislative voting records: HB 1205 , Mar 19, 2012

Drug courts & alternatives to incarceration

I support the death penalty for heinous crimes and alternatives to incarceration for non-violent offenders --such as drug courts.
Source: Florida Gubernatorial 2010 PVS Political Courage Test , Nov 3, 2010

Other governors on Drugs: Rick Scott on other issues:
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Alexander Snitker
Charlie Crist
FL Senatorial:
Bill Nelson

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