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(Sun Sentinel)   "Marijuana is not a boon for Florida agriculture," says Florida's Agriculture Commissioner. "There won't be fields of it growing in the state or pot shops on every corner next to gymnastics studios and tae kwon do studios where our kids are"   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 28
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2014-05-15 08:26:21 AM
10 votes:
Putnam opposes the proposed constitutional amendment on medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot, but acknowledged that polling shows passage is likely.
If that happens, he said he wants enough to avoid "a pot shop on every corner next to gymnastics studios and tae kwon do studios where our kids are."


Once again, a concern that makes no rational sense in a world where grocery stores sell beer and wine two aisles away from candy, and where liquor stores populate strip malls containing the very same "tae kwon do studios where our kids are."
2014-05-15 08:34:45 AM
5 votes:

kronicfeld: Putnam opposes the proposed constitutional amendment on medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot, but acknowledged that polling shows passage is likely.
If that happens, he said he wants enough to avoid "a pot shop on every corner next to gymnastics studios and tae kwon do studios where our kids are."

Once again, a concern that makes no rational sense in a world where grocery stores sell beer and wine two aisles away from candy, and where liquor stores populate strip malls containing the very same "tae kwon do studios where our kids are."


Once medical passes and the legions of old folks start sampling it to relieve their aches and pains there will be no way to get the horse back in the barn on this one.

FL makes perfect sense for legalized marijuana.  Once everyone sees that the sky doesn't fall with the legalization of medical, and when they see the tax revenues and general lawfulness that are going along with the CO and WA experiments, we'll eventually get recreational as well.
2014-05-15 08:44:25 AM
4 votes:
When you have no argument, scare people.
2014-05-15 08:46:15 AM
3 votes:
That's rich coming from Florida where people travel just to doctor shop and load up on opiates. FOH.
2014-05-15 10:08:29 AM
2 votes:

mike_d85: untaken_name: mike_d85: Methinks he was telling a reporter how marijuana could turn into a raging Kuzu beast armed with pythons.

How would that NOT be a boon for Florida agriculture, though? If many new businesses open up to grow weed, and employ lots of people who are either not currently employed or are underemployed, that would be BAD for Florida? Wouldn't a massive explosion of new industry be good?

Because invasive species have a knack for annihilating Florida and the costs associated with allowing the pot to grow in open fields would be extreme (stopping it from spreading and stopping theft from fields).  The costs to grow it in indoor hydroponic greenhouses is much more practical for the public, but very costly to the farmer and would take a huge swath out of the farmers who are able to get licensed AND put up the capital to start farms.  Meaning only a handful of already well funded farmers would reap the profits of pot farming.  Which are thin because of upfront capital costs.

Failing to contain the pot would saturate the market and create an uncontrollable supply of illegal, wild, untaxed, not profitable to anyone pot to the public.


Yeah um...that's not really the way weed works, bro. It's already growing in Florida. If it were going to take over, it would have taken over the entire world by now, since it is currently growing in every state in the US and just about every country in the world. But nice fear-mongering over fact, though. Well done.
2014-05-15 09:31:54 AM
2 votes:
Probably because there's no way Governor Voldemort could shunt some of that grow money to his wife or somehow bill Medicare for growing it.
2014-05-15 08:48:26 AM
2 votes:

Notabunny: TuteTibiImperes: Once medical passes and the legions of old folks start sampling it to relieve their aches and pains there will be no way to get the horse back in the barn on this one.

The old farts of today were hippies in the '60s and '70s. They'll be an easy customer base to reestablish.


My late mom (born in '33) had one good friend whose son was killed in a "drug related incident".  When my mom was telling about it (about 10 yrs ago) she lamented his death, and then said "I wish they'd just legalize all drugs, so all this killing would stop."

And this was from someone who was about as far from a hippie as could be.
2014-05-15 12:36:42 PM
1 votes:

Stone Meadow: CruiserTwelve: There are still states debating medical marijuana?

/Colorado resident

Are active duty LEOs permitted recreational cannabis in Colorado? Serious question...not snark.

/my LEAP membership is current
//non-toker


Employers still have the ability to set policies prohibiting use and testing to enforce. So if a department forbids it - and they probably all do - then no.
2014-05-15 11:18:15 AM
1 votes:
www.raisingarizonakids.com
2014-05-15 11:02:57 AM
1 votes:

mongbiohazard: mike_d85: I get the odd sensation that this was taken completely out of context and he's not the raging idiot you guys think he is.  He said "Medical marijuana is not a boon for Florida agriculture" and that it will be grown "indoors in controlled conditions".

Methinks he was telling a reporter how marijuana could turn into a raging Kuzu beast armed with pythons.  The reporter asked if he was against medical marijuana and got 2 sound bytes that sound stupid next to each other.

C'mon, this is Florida we're talking about here. It's relatively safe to assume he did mean it in the dumbest way possible.


I am a Floridian and as a tree hugger I've been following this guy for a while since there's a good chance he will be governor. For a conservative he's about as good as you could possibly want. He takes environmental threats seriously, does a great job of confronting agricultural problems and is continuously promoting the "Fresh from Florida" Ag. program. He's not perfect but he is a long way from a raving lunatic.
2014-05-15 11:01:54 AM
1 votes:

LazyMedia: Anybody else think that legalized hemp growing is going to turn out to be a big meh? I mean, it'll probably be a viable crop, but not profitable enough to really take off. Kind of like bamboo.


Do you know many potheads? I am one, trust me, it will be huge once its fully legalized. Think about the wine market. In Cali, its a billion dollar industry. I think pot will be the same (and I can't wait!).
2014-05-15 10:41:17 AM
1 votes:
www.tokeofthetown.com
www.420247.net
drugpolicycentral.com

Marijuana. Not even once.
2014-05-15 09:58:13 AM
1 votes:

untaken_name: mike_d85: Methinks he was telling a reporter how marijuana could turn into a raging Kuzu beast armed with pythons.

How would that NOT be a boon for Florida agriculture, though? If many new businesses open up to grow weed, and employ lots of people who are either not currently employed or are underemployed, that would be BAD for Florida? Wouldn't a massive explosion of new industry be good?


Because invasive species have a knack for annihilating Florida and the costs associated with allowing the pot to grow in open fields would be extreme (stopping it from spreading and stopping theft from fields).  The costs to grow it in indoor hydroponic greenhouses is much more practical for the public, but very costly to the farmer and would take a huge swath out of the farmers who are able to get licensed AND put up the capital to start farms.  Meaning only a handful of already well funded farmers would reap the profits of pot farming.  Which are thin because of upfront capital costs.

Failing to contain the pot would saturate the market and create an uncontrollable supply of illegal, wild, untaxed, not profitable to anyone pot to the public.
2014-05-15 09:57:34 AM
1 votes:
I bet you can score oxys or get your alcohol next to a dojo though, dojo though, dojo though
2014-05-15 09:48:14 AM
1 votes:

mike_d85: Methinks he was telling a reporter how marijuana could turn into a raging Kuzu beast armed with pythons.


How would that NOT be a boon for Florida agriculture, though? If many new businesses open up to grow weed, and employ lots of people who are either not currently employed or are underemployed, that would be BAD for Florida? Wouldn't a massive explosion of new industry be good?
2014-05-15 09:46:24 AM
1 votes:
I get the odd sensation that this was taken completely out of context and he's not the raging idiot you guys think he is.  He said "Medical marijuana is not a boon for Florida agriculture" and that it will be grown "indoors in controlled conditions".

Methinks he was telling a reporter how marijuana could turn into a raging Kuzu beast armed with pythons.  The reporter asked if he was against medical marijuana and got 2 sound bytes that sound stupid next to each other.
2014-05-15 09:44:31 AM
1 votes:
A Republican who hates the free market? You don't say. This is my shocked face. :|
2014-05-15 09:21:20 AM
1 votes:
I don't want that.  What I want is to be able to grow 4 plants in my family room in peace so that I can smoke up and not hurt anybody, and that the business is taken away from the Got-damned Zetas.  Those guys are murderous thugs who shouldn't be allowed near ANY kind of shipping operation.
2014-05-15 09:04:52 AM
1 votes:

brap: Have you ever done gymnastics and tae kwan do...ON WEED.


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"Yes."
2014-05-15 09:00:50 AM
1 votes:
He can't come right out and say it, but if you read between the lines you can flesh out his real concern. Everybody knows the ultimate liberal goal is a chicken in every pot, and if you legalize pot then you're gonna have a whole buttload of chickens on your hands and the fumes from all that chicken poop that close to children's recreational areas is bound to knock autism levels off the charts, and his state simply cannot afford to fund that much special needs education. So unless the federal government is willing to step up, reduce taxes on the wealthy and fund these soon-to-be necessary special education camps, well, not on his watch, he'll tell you that much.
2014-05-15 09:00:39 AM
1 votes:

moothemagiccow: But beer and tobacco are fine. The govt-run liquor stores here in NC are generally a stone's throw from gymnastics and karate schools, parks and neighborhoods are named Tobacco this and Tobacco that and no one gives a shiat.


But old idiots drink alcohol already. Cannabis is like... different.. worse.. somehow.
2014-05-15 08:58:08 AM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: kronicfeld: Putnam opposes the proposed constitutional amendment on medical marijuana on the Nov. 4 ballot, but acknowledged that polling shows passage is likely.
If that happens, he said he wants enough to avoid "a pot shop on every corner next to gymnastics studios and tae kwon do studios where our kids are."

Once again, a concern that makes no rational sense in a world where grocery stores sell beer and wine two aisles away from candy, and where liquor stores populate strip malls containing the very same "tae kwon do studios where our kids are."

Once medical passes and the legions of old folks start sampling it to relieve their aches and pains there will be no way to get the horse back in the barn on this one.

FL makes perfect sense for legalized marijuana.  Once everyone sees that the sky doesn't fall with the legalization of medical, and when they see the tax revenues and general lawfulness that are going along with the CO and WA experiments, we'll eventually get recreational as well.


With any luck, the feds will be watching too and finally take pot off of their schedule 1 list.
2014-05-15 08:53:31 AM
1 votes:
But beer and tobacco are fine. The govt-run liquor stores here in NC are generally a stone's throw from gymnastics and karate schools, parks and neighborhoods are named Tobacco this and Tobacco that and no one gives a shiat.
2014-05-15 08:46:56 AM
1 votes:
Welcome to Florida, Here's all the Oxy you can eat. Inject One Marijuana, and We'll shoot your dog and throw you in PMITA prison for life.
2014-05-15 08:46:43 AM
1 votes:

Notabunny: TuteTibiImperes: Once medical passes and the legions of old folks start sampling it to relieve their aches and pains there will be no way to get the horse back in the barn on this one.

The old farts of today were hippies in the '60s and '70s. They'll be an easy customer base to reestablish.


When I visited Colorado last year, I was the youngest customer in the shop.  I'm 40.
2014-05-15 08:44:46 AM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: Once medical passes and the legions of old folks start sampling it to relieve their aches and pains there will be no way to get the horse back in the barn on this one.


The old farts of today were hippies in the '60s and '70s. They'll be an easy customer base to reestablish.
2014-05-15 08:43:25 AM
1 votes:
There are still states debating medical marijuana?

/Colorado resident
2014-05-15 08:42:08 AM
1 votes:
Someone's train of thought, while trying to make a valid point, may have jumped the tracks.
 
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