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Fact-Checking Medical Marijuana Caregiver Qualifications

Jun 19, 2014

When it comes to fact-checking the growing debate over Florida's proposed constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, well, let's just say it's a target-rich environment.

There are new claims about what the amendment would do and its effects on drug use on a regular basis.

The problem for fact-checking reporters like Josh Gillin of PolitiFact Florida is that it's tough to analyze claims about a law that hasn't been written yet.

"The thing about the amendment is that it is just the amendment," explained Gillin. "It's the ballot language that you'll have to look at. It's around. You can read it. But it's very bare bones because it leaves a lot of things up to the state to decide should the amendment pass."

So, Politifact can't really rule true or false on a claim from an anti-medical marijuana group -- "Vote No on 2."

Vote No on 2 says "it will be easier to become an Amendment 2 caregiver legally empowered to distribute pot than it will be to get a driver's license.

They call it the drug dealer loophole.

"In this case the Department of Health would set up regulations on who could be a caregiver," Gillin said. "The amendment itself only describes a caregiver as someone who is 21 years of age or older and has willingly agreed to distribute marijuana to patients."

For more details on how this might work you can only speculate by looking at the experience of other states who have legalized medical marijuana. 

Gillin said, "A lot of states say that you can't have prior drug convictions. A lot of state's say you can't have any violent offenses whatsoever."