Anthony Westbury: Fear of medical marijuana is overblown in Fort Pierce – TCPalm
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How unfortunate the three most important seats in the house were empty.
Only Fort Pierce Mayor Linda Hudson and City Commissioner Tom Perona were on the dais at a medical marijuana workshop in commission chambers Thursday evening.
Missing in action were Commissioners Jeremiah Johnson, Rufus Alexander and Reggie Sessions.
The absence of the last two was especially unfortunate.
In July, Alexander and Sessions had expressed fears about the city sanctioning medical marijuana dispensaries in their District 1 neighborhoods, which they said already are plagued with drug problems.
Yet after listening Thursday to two medical marijuana experts invited by city staff, something became very clear.
There will be no reefer madness in Florida, even if cities and counties approve the sale of the drug.
In November, 71 percent of Floridia voters approved the use of medical marijuana to treat an array of chronic conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, fibromyalgia and many more.
Ever since the vote, we’ve been waiting for the state Department of Health to formulate rules on getting the drug to patients in as compassionate and secure a method as possible.
From what I heard Thursday evening, it might be clunky but the state has achieved that goal.
We heard a passionate presentation from Jessica McCain, a primary care physician who operates Southern Comfort Marijuana Clinic in St. Lucie West.
She is one of about 1,000 doctors statewide certified to recommend the use of medical marijuana to the 30,000-pus patients registered to receive it.
McCain kept emphasizing the therapeutic value of