Medical Marijuana Presentation Creates Backlash

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They do charity work throughout the community including helping with medical issues like vision and hearing loss.

But some members of the Tallahassee Lions Club didn't want to hear a presentation on the medical marijuana amendment on the November ballot.

"I understand there's going to be differences of opinion. If you wish to leave you're welcome to it," Lions Club President John Ross told his members.

"This has no place in the club tonight and all the media coverage, we don't need that," said Lions Club Member Joe Davis.

Davis, a former law enforcement officer and other members walked out before the presentation began.

Club secretary Ray Malloy called it his most embarrassing moment as a Lion.

But he and other members refused to let the presentation go up in smoke.

Only Tallahassee Attorney Reggie Garcia was originally scheduled to speak supporting of the measure.

But due to the controvery, attorney John Reid, who also favors the amendment, spoke against it to give the program balance.

"This is an issue that should be dealt with by the Florida legislature. And the legislature has already passed medical marijuana use," Reid argued.

Last session, lawmakers approved limited medical marijuana use for children who suffer from epileptic seizures.

Legal challenges to implementing that law are currently taking place.

The amendment calls for medical marijana use for 9 specific debilitating diseases including cancer, but also for other conditions at a doctor's discretion.

"There may be new diseases in the future that have a different name. My goodness we're dealing with an Ebola outbreak right now," argued Garcia.

"This isn't really about medical marijuana, it's about the legalization of marijuana," said medical marijuana opponent Barney Bishop.

Bishop says if medical marijuana is legalized, children and teens will get easier access to it like they do with cigarettes and alcohol.

Voters will have their chance to decide November 4th.

Sixty percent of voters will have to approve the medical marijuana amendment for it to become law.

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