Florida Chamber of Commerce rep gives Florida updates

Published: Friday, January 17, 2014 at 02:44 PM.

He said that more and more people are becoming independent or other voters instead of voting Democratic or Republican and that there are two constitutional amendments coming up.

“One of which is to legalize marijuana in Florida, which is being ran by John Morgan and he is a very interesting gentleman,” said Blose. “There is a growing concern about legalizing marijuana at the Florida Chamber of Commerce in the state of Florida because the conversation about legalizing marijuana in the state of Florida is more about cancer patients and sick people but what this amendment is really about is to legalize the use of marijuana for any reason as long as your doctor gives you a prescription. So if a doctor determines that marijuana is going to fix your headache, your backache, your gout or whatever, that’s what we’re talking about.”

Blose said there’s also an idea that Morgan is only pushing for the legalization of marijuana so that more Democrats will vote for Crist over Governor Rick Scott based on the fact that Crist works for Morgan as a trial lawyer.

“Another constitutional amendment coming up is water and land conservation, which is as American as mom and apple pie, and when you look at this constitutional amendment you will think that you should do this,” said Blose. “What it says is that it will require 33 percent of net revenue from excise tax to be deposited in the Land Acquisition Trust Fund for 20 years and we all love the outdoors and want to conserve land, the question is if this is the right way to do it. And if you look at the numbers, what that 33 percent will look like in the fiscal year 2015-16 is $648 million and when you think of funding problems and places where the state could use money in we feel it’s better not to hamstring the budget by purchasing land but instead use it on other things like economic development and solving other problems.”

Another issue facing the state of Florida, Blose said, was increasing the quality of education through common core and higher education.

“Education is the new economic currency and in the nation we don’t have a set standard of education in every state,” he said. “There’s that to consider, a national standard which would be regulated by common core that the third graders in every state are measured by the same standards and that the local school systems are developed exactly how to achieve those goals, not the federal government is something that we support at the Florida Chamber of Commerce.”

Blose said there was also a growing concern from higher education officials, colleges, business leaders and military about the level of education that high school students have after graduating.

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