Should Florida Legalize Medical Marijuana?


Some have criticized the ballot measure as the first step to broad legalization of marijuana. Of the 20 states that have legalized medical marijuana, only California and Massachusetts have requirements similar to Florida’s proposal that allows for physician discretion when it comes to qualifying conditions. Most states have a limited list of conditions.

What is the sentiment regarding medical use of marijuana occurring in other states? How is Florida dealing with this issue? Get ready for some lively debate from our esteemed panel!


Hon. Susan Goldstein, president, Susan Goldstein Consulting, Inc., a governmental and legislative lobbying firm specializing in issues dealing with health and human services, education, state and local government, and business. She is a former Florida State Representative.

Dr. Neil Miransky, president, Palliative Medical Specialties, LLC, where he provides care for patients with chronic progressive diseases. He is medical director, Gold Coast Hospice and provides medical oversight of hospice services. He is board certified in Hospice and Palliative Medicine and a Diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Family Physicians.


Bob Butterworth, Fowler White Boggs. A former Florida  State Attorney General, Butterworth received national recognition for his success in enforcing victim and consumer protection, environmental, civil rights and antitrust laws. He served as Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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