“I put 311 people in jail for marijuana. I was wrong” – Regrets Former Judge After Successfully Treating His Chronic Condition


Florida's Amendment 2 went into effect January 3rd, affecting medical marijuana in the state. At one of the discussion panels a former judge helped put the fight for medical marijuana into perspective.



The discussion panel, at the Public Workshop on Medical Marijuana Implementation, was attended by retired bench judge Doug Bench, who used the opportunity to reflect on his own experience with marijuana.




“I put 311 people in jail for marijuana offenses. I was wrong,” he began his short but powerful speech.

Bench was diagnosed with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) two years ago. His life expectancy using standard big pharma drugs? Thirty months. That wasn't the life he wanted.

Fortunately for him, his wife took charge - and took him to Colorado and medical marijuana. Bench fought it, but eventually relented and went with his wife.

“It was a tough decision. I hated marijuana. I hated the use of marijuana and the violation of the law. But I had no choice if I wanted to live. I had to violate Florida law,” he said.

After trying it, he was amazed at how just one drop a night improved his condition. And today he is fighting for anyone’s right to use it too – legally for medical reasons.

“Our government suppressed this information from us for 70 years. I am now an advocate for medical marijuana,” he spoke to the health board, “You are horribly underestimating the number of people who are going to need medical marijuana in this state. For this reason my wife and I are going to educate every person in this state about it.”

The current 90-day rule in Florida means patients need to wait 90 days before they can receive medical cannabis.

Bench also has a huge concern about the word “debilitating” used to describe a condition for which a patient can receive medical cannabis under Amendment 2.

“[After] listening to everybody’s stories and what they need… you gotta give it to them. You can’t base decisions based on money, and the lobbyists. You gotta base your decision on people’s need. Make this decision from your heart, not your wallet.”





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