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Raid on wheelchair-bound activist’s home should spur action
LAKE WORTH – Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) is calling for the Legislature to take a serious look at reform of the state’s marijuana laws in light of the raid of the home of a wheelchair-bound medical cannabis activist in Manatee County yesterday.
On the same day that the Miami Herald announced that Sen. Clemens would be naming the bill the “Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act,” the Manatee County Sheriff’s Department raided Mrs. Jordan’s home, removing the plants she uses as medicine. Mrs. Jordan is a wheelchair-bound sufferer of ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
“I can’t imagine what kind of state interest can be protected by raiding the home of a woman who can’t get out of her wheelchair,” Clemens said. “I’d like someone to explain to me exactly how this woman is a danger to our society.”
“Is this really the best use of our law enforcement’s time?” Clemens asked. “I think the public would be much better served by changing the law to allow our police to concentrate on violent criminals, not senior citizens in wheelchairs.”
For the past two years, the Florida House of Representatives has refused to hear a proposal that would allow citizens to vote on the issue of legalizing marijuana for medical use. Later this week, Sen. Clemens will introduce legislation that details how a medicinal cannabis structure would work in the state, including regulation, enforcement and protections for doctors and patients.