PARRISH, Fla. - A bill filed this week in the Florida Senate is fueling discussions on medical marijuana use and bringing the issue to Bob and Cathy Jordan's backyard in Parrish.
"I'm going to finish this thing," Bob Jordan said.
Manatee County deputies said they seized 23 infant marijuana plants from Jordan's backyard Monday.
"It's real medicine," he said. Bob has been growing and providing cannabis for his wife, Cathy, over the last ten years. He said it's potent and eases her symptoms of shaking, aching and drooling as a result of suffering from ALS.
Bob said he's angry that deputies seized his cannabis, but that he will use that anger to fuel his efforts in Tallahassee in support of medical marijuana laws. "We want it to pass as soon as possible so she can get her medicine without the threat of going to jail," he said. "We know we will have opposition."
The Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition said they strongly reject Senate Bill 1250 filed this week. "It is naive to think we won't pay a heavy price, especially impacts on the health and well-being of our next generation," said Coalition Direction Sharon Kramer. She added the Coalition will meet next week to strategize an official response to Senate Bill 1250.
State Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) sponsored the bill and said it would allow Floridians with debilitating medical conditions to legally obtain marijuiana with a doctor's reccomendation.
Bob and Cathy Jordan said they are now in talks with top lawmakers to potentially speak in Tallahassee in the upcoming legislative session. The bill bears Cathy's name as the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act. She serves as President of the Florida Cannabis Action Network.
"I will replenish my wife's medicine as soon as possible," Bob Jordan said. "It's more of a crime for me not to do it. I'm supposed to sit back and watch her die?"
Manatee County deputies said they have not escalated the case to the State Attorney's Office yet to consider charges against the Jordans.
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