My beloved grandson, Robby, died of a drug overdose on June 2, 2013. He began his tragic journey toward addiction at the age of 15 by smoking marijuana, which accelerated to misusing oxycodone and ended with heroin.
After three rehabs and one near-death experience, his life, which had begun with such hope and promise, ended at the age of 22.
I have compassion for anyone suffering excruciating pain, but as Sheriff Brad Steube pointed out in his Oct. 5 editorial in the Bradenton Herald, Amendment 2 is so broadly written that medical marijuana could be prescribed for just a headache. I urge all voters to read the full text of this amendment (Bradenton.com/opinion) and vote "no" for Amendment 2 which, if passed, could open the floodgates of addiction and death to so many.