The November 8, 2016, Florida General Election ballot will once again contain Amendment 2—Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization.
The legal language of Amendment 2 was written to explicitly allow medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients with specific diseases. Of note, the Florida Legislature has already enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014, which allows for access to non-smoked low-THC marijuana for qualified patients.
The State Board of Missions has individual and corporate empathy for those Floridians suffering from debilitating diseases, but the Board does not believe legalizing an addictive drug without strong regulatory oversight is an appropriate solution; and the effort to legalize marijuana is contrary to the interests of the public health, safety and welfare, and will adversely affect the rights of citizens to live and work in a community where drug abuse is not accepted and citizens are not subjected to the adverse effects of the drug abuse.
I and on behalf of the State Board of Missions of the Florida Baptist Convention implore pastors to diligently encourage their church members to vote to defeat Amendment 2.
Several resources regarding this initiative are listed below.
In His service,
Dr. Tommy Green
Florida Baptist Convention