November 1, 2016

Over 100 Medical Professionals Endorse Florida’s Amendment 2

November 1, 2016
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With just a week until the November 8th election, increasing amounts of endorsements on a series of marijuana policy efforts across nine states are rolling in.

Floridians will soon decide whether or not the state legalizes medical cannabis and institutes a system of licensed dispensaries. There’s plenty of reason to be hopeful, with recent polls showing Florida’s Amendment 2 above 70%, but anything can happen in the final days (meaning spread the word and VOTE).

To help add to the momentum, United for Care, the group behind Amendment 2, recently published a list of over 100 medical professionals to its website.

According to the group, the list includes “practicing physicians, retired physicians, ER nurses, home-health nurses, clinical psychologists and other medical professionals from throughout Florida.”

“Our opposition has, for years, made the false claim that medical professionals are against medical marijuana and Amendment 2″, says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care.

“In fact, there is a large number of medical professionals and associations that are openly supporting medical marijuana and want this to pass. Many, many others support the measure and are not ready to comment publicly, as this first group has.”

Pollara continues, “It is also the opinion of virtually all of the editorial boards of major Florida newspapers, and of the Florida legislature, which has passed two laws clearly acknowledging marijuana as medicine.”

Here is the full list of medical professionals that have endorsed Florida’s Amendment 2:

  1. Andrew E. Hano, DO., St Petersburg, Hematology-oncology
  2. Anthony J. Hall, MDCM, FACS, FAANS., Lauderhill, neurological surgery
  3. Richard Sabates, Delray Beach, Family medicine and pain management
  4. Jose Foradada, Tampa, Pediatric Neurology Specialist
  5. David Duncan, Cape Coral, Paramedic
  6. Jose A. Colindres, Broward/Palm Beach County, Pediatrician and Neonatologist
  7. Abner Martin Landry III, Largo, MD, FACR, Interventional Pain Specialist
  8. Jeffrey Kamlet, MD., Miami, Addiction Specialist
  9. Bernard Cantor, MD., Weston, Gynecology and Obstetrics (retired)
  10. Selim Benbadis, Tampa, Neurologist and Neurosurgeon
  11. Gregory Gerdeman, PhD., St Pete, Biology and Pharmacology
  12. Juan Sanchez-Ramos, Tampa, Neurologist
  13. Anne Morgan, MD., Palm Beach Gardens, Family Medicine
  14. Clifford Selsky, Ph.D., MD., Orlando, Palliative Care Pediatrician and Pediatric Oncology and Hematology
  15. Jeffrey Milley, St. Pete Beach, Registered Pharmacist
  16. Joseph Rosado, MD., Sanford, Primary Care Physician
  17. Kathryn Limper, Tampa, RN BSN
  18. Sasha Parker, Fort Lauderdale, Nurse
  19. Nicole Tracey, Fort Myers, RN OCN
  20. John H. Merey, MD., West Palm Beach, Ophthalmologist
  21. Ray Bellamy, MD., Tallahassee, Orthopedic Surgeon
  22. Carol L. Roberts, MD., Tampa, Integrative Medicine ABIHM
  23. Stephen Blythe, Melbourne, Family Physician
  24. Kathryn Lotspeich Villano, MD., Miami, Internal Medicine (retired)
  25. Jason Sturtsman,Vero Beach, B.A.E., Ed.S., School Psychologist
  26. César Rexach, Kissimmee, RN, MSN., Health Care Education
  27. Silvia Betancor, MD., Miami, Internal medicine
  28. Brenda Valdez, Live Oak, RN, Home Health
  29. Luis Galano-Lavin, Palm Coast, Family Medicine/Urgent Care
  30. Maria McConchie, Fort Lauderdale, Nurse Anesthetist
  31. Debbie Johnson, Orlando, RN, CHPN, Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse, Education
  32. Caroline Faxas, Hallandale, Board Certified Acupuncture Physician, Herbalist
  33. Tracy Christian, Palm Beach, Compounding Pharmacist, Pharmacy Owner
  34. Robert H Dudley, MD., Delray Beach, palliative and hospice care
  35. Ike Okeke, Tampa, Pharmacist
  36. Tammy Lettieri, Deerfield Beach,Physical Therapist
  37. Jonathan King, Jacksonville,RN
  38. Michelle Weiner, DO, MPH., Hollywood, Interventional Pain management / physical medicine and rehabilitation
  39. Megan King, Jacksonville ,RN
  40. Lisa Otero, Altamonte Springs , RN,
  41. Jeanne DeSilver, Jacksonville ,RN Retired,
  42. David Berger, MD., FAAP., Pediatrician, Owner and Medical Director, Wholistic Pediatrics and Family Care
  43. Elsie Eten, Safety Harbor, RN Retired,
  44. Linda Claassen, Deland, Hospice RN,
  45. Michael Bean, Melbourne, RN, CEN,
  46. Michelle Lynn Collier, RPh., Winter Garden, Clinical pharmacist
  47. Michael Dziubek, Sarasota, RN
  48. Terri P. Kelly, Tarpon Springs, RN, Oncology Research Auditor
  49. James F. Jones, Amelia Island, Acupuncture Physician
  50. Diane Loo, Miami, RN, Certified Wound Care Nurse
  51. Dennis Howard, Venice, Retired RN 03’, Critical Care Nurse
  52. Shannon Perez, Coral Gables, RN, Critical Care Nurse
  53. Marty Landy, Largo, MD FACR
  54. Patrick Criss, Kennesaw, GA., D.C., B.S. (Licensed In Florida and Georgia)
  55. Richard Bolin, Eustis, ER RN
  56. Anthony M. Walker, Hollywood, R.N.
  57. Don Vliegenthart, Melbourne, Nonoperative Orthopedics and Pain Management
  58. Clyde Pence, Pensacola, Nephrologist
  59. Robert V. Siegel, Fort Walton Beach ,General Physician
  60. Kathaleen Davis, Ft. Myers, Psychiatric Nurse, Certified Hospice and Wound Care
  61. Leonarda Duran,MD, Miami, Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist
  62. J.D. Gold, PhD., Summerfield, Clinical Psychologist
  63. Scott Nations, Largo, Registered ER Nurse
  64. Elizabeth Kostelnick, Crystal River, RN
  65. Geena Palank, Stuart,  RN BSN
  66. Michelle Backus, Sebring, RN
  67. Sasha Parker, Fort Lauderdale, RN/Educational Director Esthetic Skin Institute
  68. Liva Jacobs, Miami, RN
  69. Joy S. Graham, MD., Palm Beach Gardens, Anesthesiologist
  70. Alisa Fuller, Orlanda, RN BSN
  71. Maria Medina Capote, MD., Miami, pediatrician
  72. Jerry Capote, MD., Miami, pediatrician
  73. Shannon Carnley, Bartow, RN
  74. Justin Sellers, Orlando, Radiologic Technologist, CT Scan and MRI Certified
  75. Cesar Rexach, Kissimmee, Retired RN MSN
  76. Andrew Margileth, Miami, Pediatric Dermatologist
  77. Charles Montgomery, Lakeland, RN
  78. Steven Bowman, Clearwater, MD of Internal Medicine
  79. Donna Lahey, Marathon, Clinical Laboratory Technologist
  80. Barry Apfel, Boca Raton, Registered pharmacist
  81. Jonathan Daitch, MD., Fort Myers, Pain management
  82. Rachel Bjornstad, Pensacola, Medical Technologist
  83. Nancy Barstow, Venice, RN
  84. Lawrence Schiffman, DO., FAOCD., Doral, dermatology
  85. John W. Pate, Fountain ,RN
  86. Tina McBride, Punta Gorda, RN
  87. Jim Funk, Gainesville, ARNP (retired)
  88. Andrew Sutherland, Orlando, Doctor of Chiropractics
  89. Pam Pirraglia, RN, CCM, CDMS; Nurse Case Manager
  90. Purvin Shah, DO, Jacksonville, Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine & Critical Care Medicine
  91. Stephanie Smithgall, Callahan, RN
  92. Cyndi Christine, Port Orange, RN (retired)
  93. Yolanda C. Leon, Psy.D., ABPdN – Tampa/Gainesville,  Neuropsychologist, Clinical Psychologist, School Psychologist, Pediatric Neuropsychology
  94. Justin Davis, M.D., Gainesville, Family practice, alternative and integrative medicine
  95. Tricia Gibbs, Sarasota, Medical assistant
  96. Eyad Alsabbag, M.D., Brooksville, Pain management
  97. Bill Hadley, Tampa, RN
  98. Valerie Pasqualini, Del ray, RN and risk manager
  99. Peter A. Radice, MD, FACP, FAAHPM., Tampa, Supportive Oncology, Palliative Care
  100. Michael Uphues, DO, Naples, Family medicine
  101. Linda Colindres, St. Pete, RN
  102. Bruce Alperstein, MD., Milton, internal medicine


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