Dominic Fariello’s interview with Florida State Senator Jeff Brandes will air on the “Ask the Dom” radio show on 102.5 The Bone this Sunday, August 2, 2015 starting at 10:00 a.m. Brandes will be discussing red light cameras and medical marijuana, bills that he introduced into the Florida Legislature. Brandes has been a champion of working for red light camera reform in Florida, and though unsuccessful in the 2015 legislative session, better results are expected in 2016.
The Libertarian Party of Florida (LPF) has been supportive of Brandes’ positions on both red light cameras and medical marijuana. The LPF comes at both positions from a point of personal freedom and safety. Besides being found unconstitutional, red light camera programs in Florida have been proven to be unsafe and cause more accidents.
Earlier this year, Brandes introduced a bill that would have legalized medical marijuana to a much broader number of patients in Florida. The bill did not make it through; however, interest is increasing so if introduced in the 2016 legislative session could bode well for patients seeking relief from a large number of ailments. Brandes said earlier this year, “”This bill allows doctors and physicians to make a choice about medical cannabis. If it’s a child, we require two physicians to sign off that this is an appropriate tool. If it’s an adult and they have one of the conditions, we allow a physician to make what we think is a medical judgment.”
Medical marijuana is widely expected to appear on the general election ballot for Florida voters for a second time. The issue narrowly missed its needed 60 percent vote total to pass in the 2012 general election and petitions are being collected to have it back on the ballot in the 2016 general election. Unfortunately, for a large number of Florida patients, the organization which that got the issue on the ballot was relying on young voters when they should have focused on seniors. Seniors vote in much larger numbers than younger Floridians and seniors could benefit more from the medical effectiveness of medical marijuana (cannabis).
Dominic Fariello graduated with a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University, the Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. He currently runs his own law practice in Tampa, Florida, in the areas of personal injury, criminal defense, traffic law and family law. Fariello’s radio show, “Ask the Dom,” on 102.5 The Bone, airs live on Sundays at 10 a.m. On the show, he offers free legal advice to callers, and guests add their professional perspective on topics in their field of interest.
Sen. Jeff Brandes was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida and joined the United States Army shortly after graduating high school. After graduating from Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, he attended Florida Southern College and subsequently Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee, where he graduated with a degree in business administration. Brandes was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2010. In 2012, he was elected into the Senate and re-elected in 2014.