Opponents of medicinal marijuana say there hasn't been enough research done to determine whether it's safe for patients, but supporters of Amendment 2, like Tom Ryan, say that's not true.

"There's over 5,000 studies that have been done...specific findings towards osteoporosis, MS, Parkinson's disease, glaucoma." 

Ryan is a local attorney and an organizer of two events coming to South Florida next month. 

The Florida MMJ Business Education Seminars will answer questions of medical professionals, those who may want to get into the medical marijuana business and the general public.

There will be a ballot initiative in November that will ask voters if they want to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

A common statement from opponents of the medical marijuana amendment is "Marijuana is a gateway drug."  Ryan says that's not always the case.

"Marijuana is only a gateway drug if you have to go buy it from an illegal drug dealer. Like any other good retail salesman he's going to try and upsell you, and sell you other drugs."

He says the use of what he calls "hard drugs" has gone down in Colorado, where you can purchase marijuana from legal dispensaries. 

The Florida MMJ Business Education Seminars will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center and in Fort Lauderdale next month.

"If you're a healthcare professional, you need to learn from other professionals how to handle this 'new' medicine."

He says the event will also offer information for patients.

The seminar is being held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center on September 18th and 19th, and at the Hilton Marina in Fort Lauderdale on September 19th and 20th. 

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