People passing by Spa Beach in St. Petersburg, Florida caught a sneak peak at the filming for what will be a public service announcement encouraging voters to approve Amendment 2, the bill that legalizes medical marijuana for Floridians suffering from severe medical conditions.
The flashing was organized by a woman named Diane Matteson who has dedicated much of her time in the last ten years to researching marijuana therapy, treatments, and the plant’s healing relationship with cancer. As a result of all of her studying, she is an advocate for the medicinal uses of marijuana.
A drone video taped the event from start to finish. To prepare, these ladies assisted one another in taping bumper stickers to their breasts that scream the slogan “Vote Yes on 2 Nov 4!” Once ready, in an organized fashion, the ladies counted down until removing their tops while loudly shouting the bumper sticker slogan in unison.
This event was also used as a tool to spark the topic of medical marijuana and Amendment 2 for Floridians to ponder and discuss. These women all have personal experiences with cancer and cannabis, and they believe so strongly in the cause that they were willing to bare it all to America just to raise awareness.
Below, are more photos taken during the flashing:
photo credit: Melanie Michael, WTSP 10 News
The Marijuana Policy Project of Maine has sparked some controversy over the Reefer Madness themed, pro-marijuana message depicted on a mobile billboard that will be driving around Lewiston through the end of the week.
The ad reads “Marijuana: Less toxic! Less addictive! Less scary than alcohol! Vote yes on Question 2!” It is targeting registered voters in the city of Lewiston who will have the opportunity to vote to legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana for adults, aged twenty-one and older, on election day. This is only a city-wide referendum that does not alter state law.
The billboard caused controversy for the volunteer director of Maine Smart Approaches to Marijuana, Scott Ganon. He reported to WCHS 6 that he thinks the Reefer Madness themed billboard looks like a joke, and does not take it seriously. Ganon is worried that the public may not trust the Marijuana Policy Project to responsibly draft regulations for legal marijuana legislation after taking a humorous approach with this billboard, which mocks the fear mongering movie released in cahoots with marijuana prohibition during the late 1930s.
David Boyer, Marijuana Policy Project assured WCHS 6 that the organization just aims to educate voters and draw attention to the fact that marijuana is no more harmful than alcohol, and therefore should be legalized and regulated similarly. During the interview, Boyer pointed out,
“Having responsible education about that [marijuana] and making sure people are safe while they do it, is the better alternative to scaring people into not doing it. Because that doesn’t work.”
They expect this approach to encourage residents of Lewiston to exercise the right to vote. A similar referendum is on the ballot fifty-five miles away, in South Portland, and one was approved by voters on election day in Portland last year.
David Boyer is the same Marijuana Policy Project team member who challenged the chief of the South Portland Police Department to a hit for shot, weed vs. booze challenge, earlier this month to prove that marijuana is safer than alcohol.
Photo credit: WCHS6
The CannaMoms and CannaBabes landed back in Florida last night after spending two weeks in San Francisco, California on a mission for medical marijuana education and treatment.
These moms have been forced to seek medical marijuana treatments for their children outside of their home state because the plant is not currently legal in the state of Florida, even for medical use. The CannaMoms, along with many others, are hoping that will change after election day next week when Floridians have the opportunity to Vote Yes on Amendment 2. Amendment 2 will allow medical marijuana dispensaries to cultivate, produce and distribute medical marijuana to patients with qualifying medical conditions. These families just want safe, consistent access to medical marijuana for their children, and they want it to be available in their home state of Florida to avoid having to move or travel just to obtain medication.
The CannaMoms organization consists of a “group of passionate mothers advocating for the right and option to utilize cannabis in the care of their critically ill children.” The three strong moms who started the organization, Jacel Delgadillo, Moriah Barnhart and Renee Petro have children who suffer from severe medical conditions such as brain tumors and different types of epilepsy, and they are frustrated with the horrible side effects caused by the pharmaceutical medications prescribed by physicians to treat their children’s symptoms.
During an interview with 5KPIX San Francisco at the Steep Hill Lab, Renee Petro explains some of the harm caused by pharmaceutical medications given to her son, Brandon, who suffers from epilepsy. She explained that when Brandon is on the pharmaceutical benzo drugs he has bad side effects that make him want to commit suicide. He has asked her several times to kill him, but with the medical marijuana treatment, at night, he asks for a bag of Cheetos instead.
Back in Florida last night, at the Tampa airport, Petro shared the good news about Brandon (pictured below) with WFLA,
“He’s been seizure free for two weeks!”
Brandon has been using a mist spray form of medical marijuana that contains equal amounts of CBD and THC. Petro was filled with feelings of both thanks and anger because there is an injustice that no one realizes, which she explained to WFLA,
“It was very upsetting not knowing what I know now, that something could have possibly spared him the amount of pharmaceuticals he has taken and the horrible side effects. It angers me, why something that is available in other states, that is available and legal, is not legal here [in Florida].”
Moriah Barnhart and her young daughter, Dahlia, who has a brain tumor, were also on the trip to California for medical marijuana education and treatment. Dahlia has also seen success in using cannabis oil treatments while in California. After landing at the Tampa airport in Florida last night, Barnhart told WFLA that they have seen immediate results in Dahlia that include,
“Sleeping through the night, eating and she is no longer being threatened with a feeding tube.”
Floridians against medical marijuana fear that the risks are too high to vote yes on Amendment 2. For the CannaMoms and many others, the only risk associated with Amendment 2 is if it is not approved by voters next week. Not allowing the use of medical marijuana in the state of Florida risks a future filled with a good quality of life for these children and many others who suffer from debilitating medical conditions.
photo credit: steephilllab, Facebook/Cannamoms