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Florida: Medical Marijuana Initiative Popular With Seniors


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Medical marijuana has found its natural audience in Florida -- senior citizens. A big majority of the Sunshine State's older residents say they will vote yes this November on the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, which will appear on the ballot as Amendment 2. It would legalize the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes in Florida.

Among those older than 65, a whopping 84 percent support the initiative, according to Quinnipiac University poll this spring, reports Florida Today. Support across all age groups is even higher, at 88 percent.

The same survey found that 62 percent of respondents ages 50 to 64 have admitted to smoking pot at one time, the largest of any demographic, according to Phil Ammann at SaintPetersblog.

To amend the state constitution, the measure needs at least 60 percent of the vote in November.

Floridians have come a long way in the past few years when it comes to knowledge about marijuana, according to Robert Platshorn, who hosts Meet the Experts medical marijuana seminars.

Florida: Aging Baby Boomers Could Help 2014 Medical Marijuana Drive


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Members of the Florida Legislature have shown that they aren't interested in legalizing medical marijuana. A bill to allow cannabis for medicinal purposes never got a hearing, and lawmakers enacted a new ban on bongs, for good measure.

But Florida residents want medical marijuana, according to recent polling, which shows 70 percent saying they would likely vote to legalize cannabis for medicinal purposes through a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot, reports Maggie Clark at Stateline. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed gave medical marijuana a definite "yes."

Advocates in Florida who are trying to let voters decide the question for themselves could get a boost from a growing constituency of Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) who favor medicinal pot. In the Sunshine State, about 27 percent of the population falls into the 45 to 64 age range, almost identical to the national average of 26 percent. But Florida does outpace the national average in the number of residents 65 and older.

D.C.: Old Folks' Caravan Gears Up To Tell Nation's Capitol Seniors Want Medical Marijuana


By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

When marijuana prohibition ends in the United States, it just may come about because America's senior citizens finally woke up and demanded safe, effective medication to replace the pharmaceutical poisons they've been given for years.

That's the idea of the Silver Tour Lobby Day, when at least two bus loads of oldsters plan to descend on the Capitol on June 17. The buses, coming from the Northeast and the Mid-Atlantic regions of the country, will be joined by carloads of like-minded sympathizers from as far away as Colorado and Ohio.

The seniors will visit D.C. to educate Congressional representatives on the medical benefits of cannabis and the need for marijuana law reform, reports Fire Ant at the Broward Palm Beach New Times.

Silver Tour organizer Robert Platshorn of West Palm Beach, 70, was a major marijuana smuggler in the 1970s; his Black Tuna gang brought tons of Colombian cannabis to American shores. Platshorn did more than 28 years in federal prison for smuggling weed. Since his 2008 release, he's crusaded to reform the marijuana laws.

D.C.: Silver Tour Lobby Day Will Be First Ever Senior Marijuana Rally In Nation's Capitol

(Photo: The Wall Street Journal)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Imagine, if you will, a hundred angry senior citizens storming Capitol Hill in partnership with college students, demanding safe access to medical marijuana. With your support, that could happen next month -- at a crucial time.

Plans are being made for the first-ever senior marijuana rally and lobbying event in Washington, D.C., on June 17. The event is sponsored by a partnership of The Silver Tour and Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).

The seniors will be in town to lobby the House of Representatives for passage of a budget amendment to prevent the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) from enforcing federal marijuana laws in states with legal cannabis. It is expected to come up for a vote in late June.

"If passed, it opens the door for other states that are holding back on medical or legalization for fear of the feds," said Robert Platshorn, leader of The Silver Tour, who was featured in the hit Showtime movie, Square Grouper. The Silver Tour was recently spotlighted on Jon Stewart's Daily Show, CNN Money and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.

Florida: Bill Outlawing Marijuana Pipes Heads To Governor's Desk

(Photo: ChaCha)By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Florida lawmakers have passed a bill outlawing the sale of marijuana pipes.

The bong ban, HB 49, on Friday passed the Florida Senate on a 31-2, reports The Associated Press. The measure, which had already passed the House on a 112-3 vote, now heads for the desk of Governor Rick Scott for his signature.

Florida law currently allows stores to sell the pipes. Any sale of marijuana pipes would be a first-degree misdemeanor if Gov. Scott signs the bill into law. Second and subsequent violations would be a third-degree felony.

Recovering crack addict Rep. Darryl Rouson believes marijuana is a gateway drug to things like, well, crack cocaine (despite all the evidence to the contrary). He sponsored the bill to ban all bongs, glass bowls, roach clips, and other things that can used as devices with which to smoke pot, reports Chris Joseph at Broward Palm Beach New Times.

"If we can make people drive to Georgia and Alabama and South Carolina to get fireworks, they can drive to get these utensils of death," the overly dramatic Rep. Rouson said.

Florida: Longest Serving Marijuana Prisoner Gets Permission To Travel; Needs Funds

There is a truth that must be heard!By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Robert Platshorn became the longest serving marijuana prisoner in United States history, doing almost 30 years in federal prison for importing Colombian pot in the 1970s. When he got out five years ago, Platshorn -- a weed warrior through and through -- didn't take the easy way out and opt for a quiet retirement. Instead, he took up the cause of medical marijuana, launching The Silver Tour to bring the good news about cannabis to senior citizens.

Platshorn did his time, and when he got out, he started trying to make the world a better place and to help sick and aging people. But last May, even though he'd been officially released from the jurisdiction of the U.S. Parole Commission, the federal government moved to silence him, ordering travel restrictions -- effectively, if temporarily, ending The Silver Tour.

That's where things have stood for almost a year now, but finally, Platshorn, a Florida resident also known as The Tuna (from his '70s smuggling group, The Black Tuna Gang), got some good news this week: permission to travel to state capitol Tallahassee to help push for medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Florida: Robert Platshorn's Pot Infomercial Pulled By Orlando Station

Florida: Robert Platshorn's Pot Infomercial Pulled By Orlando StationBy Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Robert Platshorn wants to spread the good news about medicinal cannabis. Since late last year, the former pot smuggler -- who served almost 30 years in federal prison after the "Black Tuna Gang" was busted by authorities -- has been buying TV time on local stations for his infomercial aimed and senior citizens, Should Grandma Smoke Pot?

The 30-minute show aims to educate the elderly on the pros of medical legalization, and is an extension of Platshorn's popular "Silver Tour," reports Kyle Swenson at Broward Palm Beach New Times.

Having already successful bought airtime and aired the show on stations in the Tampa area and in South Florida, Platshorn was ready to crack the Orlando market on WKCF, a CW affiliate owned by Hearst Media. But the deal fell apart at the last minute when the station got cold feet about the infomercial's message.

"When we bought the time to start running in March, they were very happy to sell it to us," Platshorn said. Should Grandma Smoke Pot? was scheduled for six half-hour slots on WKCF, according to Platshorn, at a total price of about $2,200; the deal was signed on February 26.

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