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Friday, June 14, 2024

Floridians weigh in on whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use

Readers from all over the state reached out to Ocala-News.com to weigh in on whether or not Floridians should vote to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Here’s some of their letters:

“After my letter was posted about voting YES on recreational use of marijuana, I came across this remarkable documentary (“The God Plant”) that contains up-to-date info on it’s complete history. From biblical times, the Egyptians usage, the myriad of medical conditions it relieved then and now. Doctors, patients, medical committees, scientists, all explaining how valuable it’s been for humanity’s ailments. It’s been unfairly legally denied to those in need. I urge all people, for and against it, to watch this highly informative program. Open your mind and eyes to these facts and you may find help for your own medical ailments. A mind and a parachute have this in common: They must be open to work.” – Joy Rumans, Ocala

“Don’t kid yourself. Some Medical marijuana is being used as recreational. The number may be small and may have changed since the state put a limit on the amount you can buy. Recreational just puts more people driving while high. I’m letting my card expire because I don’t like the way marijuana makes me feel. You have to pay for your recreational marijuana, don’t you? The state will make a bundle on sales revenue. I just don’t see the need for recreational except to benefit the state.”Jackie White, Reddick

“Being I’m in my 60’s, I smoked marijuana a time or two in the 70’s. I haven’t smoked it since because I really don’t like the high. I’d rather have a beer or mixed drink. I do believe marijuana should be legalized, packaged and sold in stores like liquor stores. If it were legal, it would curb the crime rate. It would take the sales, especially to kids, off of the street. The penalties for driving and public intoxication would follow the same guidelines as liquor. In fact, I would like to see all drugs legalized and sold in controlled shops. If someone wants to do drugs, they will. You can’t save people from themselves. Just like alcoholics, the hard core users would eventually O.D. Just like AA, someone who wanted to get clean would have group help to do that. The occasional careful users would just carry on. Think of how it would decrease the crime rate. Burglaries, home invasions and armed robberies are usually connected to drugs or money to get drugs. Unfortunately, my ideas and opinions wouldn’t be popular, but, if you think about them, they do make sense.”Sharon Smith, De Leon Springs

“I am voting for recreational marijuana in Florida in November. I am paying $377 a year for pharmaceutical pot (license and doctor). I cannot consume pharmaceutical drugs for my issues and the drugs they peddle are garbage. Considering the revenue the state already makes from legal sales, I would think Florida could use that income as well. It will never be a gateway drug for many of us boomers, just pain relief. The governor says it will make Florida stink. That is ridiculous and anything smells better than a swamp. He needs to get real. Please tell him I said so”Elizabeth E Sabin, Fort Walton Beach

“At first, yes, but becoming a habit they rely on it for relaxing and sleeping. What is wrong with exercising and sharing to talk with someone how you feel? Exercise and sharing to talk with someone is best! What can this help? This is the same as other drugs. This can be another reason to avoid thinking about it. It will always come back to you. Exercise helps stress. I vote no.”Keecha Parker, Saint Augustine

“Don’t kid yourself. Some Medical marijuana is being used as recreational. The number may be small and may have changed since the state put a limit on the amount you can buy. Recreational just puts more people driving while high. I’m letting my card expire because I don’t like the way marijuana makes me feel. You have to pay for your recreational marijuana don’t you? The state will make a bundle on sales revenue. I just don’t see the need for recreational except to benefit the state.”Jackie White, Reddick

Do you think marijuana should be legalized for recreational use in the state of Florida? Share your thoughts in a comment or a letter to the editor.