Jose Belen
Founder, President
Florida Mission Zero Inc.

What benefits do you see for patients throughout Florida within this space?

Well I believe we are currently/actively all involved in writing history when it comes to the cannabis plants. There is so much momentum and attention to our space not only in Florida, but nationwide.

The benefits for the patients in Florida are that their voices matter. Each patient matters individually and can use either their struggles to shine light on the issue and push for change or if there is a patient who has had a positive experience use that to help others and shepherd them through the process.

What motivates you to be a part of the Cannabis Industry?

I am motivated to be a part of the Cannabis Industry because there is so much GOOD that comes from it for the people.

I am a defender of freedom and all that is righteous therefore I believe with all my heart everyone should have access to medicinal cannabis. Cannabis has been around for millennia and has been nothing short of a miracle plant for mankind. The fact that greed and corruption in the early 1920/30’s (1937’s Marijuana Tax Act) led to the complete demonization of the plant and they even went so far as to use it as a way to scare white America into thinking that only “Blacks & Mexicans/Latinos” use of it makes them crazy and dangerous. They also went out of their way to call it “Marijuana” as opposed to Cannabis which is what it has always been referenced as in an effort to demonize it more. Here is a quote from the man I believe to be the one largely responsible for all of this – Harry Anslinger (1st Commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, in office 1930-1962.

Anslinger said, “Marijuana is the most violence-causing drug in the history of mankind … Most marijuana smokers are Negroes, Hispanics, Filipinos and entertainers. Their satanic music, jazz and swing, result from marijuana usage.”

Cannabis is a unifier on all levels whether it is professionally, socially, medicinally, agriculturally etc. I will fight until my last breath to ensure that Cannabis has been done right by the world, just like Cannabis has done right by the world since the beginning of time.