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:
Amendment to the State Constitution to prohibit compelling any person or employer to provide for health care coverage.
- To preserve the freedom of all residents of the state to provide for
their own health care:
- A law may not compel any person or employer to purchase, obtain, or otherwise provide for health care coverage.
- A person or an employer may pay directly for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties
for paying directly for lawful health care services.
- A health care provider may accept direct payment for lawful health care services and may not be required to pay penalties for accepting direct payment from a person or an employer for lawful health
- The private market for health care coverage of any lawful health care service may not be abolished by law or rule.
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
Require random, mandatory drug testing of state employees
HB 1205: Requires drug testing to be conducted within each state agency's appropriation; authorizes agencies within state government to require employees to submit to periodic random drug testing.
Analysis by ACLU Florida:
The legislature took it upon itself to expand the Drug-Free Workplace Program to mandate random, suspicionless drug testing for state employees on a rotating basis. Each state agency can choose whether to participate in the program as it will have to
find the funds to do so, i.e. pay for the drug tests, in its current allotted budget. If an employee fails the drug test, he/she must attend a rehab program or face disciplinary action or discharge.
Passed House 79-37-3 on Mar/2/12; Passed Senate 26-14-0 on Mar/9/12; Signed by Governor Rick Scott on Mar/19/12
Source: ACLU Analysis of Florida legislative voting record 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
Rated D by NORML, indicating a "hard-on-drugs" stance.
Scott scores D by the NORML on drug reform
OnTheIssues.org interprets the 2016 NORML scores as follows:
About NORML (from their website, www.norml.org):
- C-/D/F: "hard-on-drugs" stance (approx. 243 members)
- C: mixed record on drug reform (approx. 45 members)
- A/B: pro-drug-reform stance (approx. 293 members)
National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law's mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to achieve the repeal of marijuana prohibition so that the responsible use of cannabis by adults is no longer subject to penalty.
NORML is a nonprofit, public-interest lobby that for more than 30 years has provided a voice for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition. We represent the interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly and believe the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana should no longer be a crime.
NORML supports the removal of all criminal penalties for the private possession
& responsible use of marijuana by adults, including the cultivation for personal use, and the casual nonprofit transfers of small amounts. This model is called "decriminalization."
NORML additionally supports the development of a legally controlled market for marijuana, where consumers could purchase it from a safe, legal and regulated source. This model is referred to as "legalization."
NORML believes that marijuana smoking is not for kids and should only be used responsibly by adults. As with alcohol consumption, it must never be an excuse for misconduct or other bad behavior. Driving or operating heavy equipment while impaired from marijuana should be prohibited.
NORML strongly supports the right of patients to use marijuana as a medicine when their physician recommends it to relieve pain and suffering.
Lastly, NORML supports the right of farmers to commercially cultivate hemp for industrial purposes, such as food and fiber production.
Source: NORML website 16_NORML on Nov 8, 2016
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