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One Month Left in Fight Over Medical Marijuana

October 10th, 2016 by flanews

The fight over medical marijuana is turning into a slugfest with money pouring in and ads hitting the air. Matt Galka tries to get a handle on the reefer madness.

It’s down to a one month campaign for both sides of the medical marijuana fight in Florida.  The Vote no on 2 campaign questions if Amendment 2 – the constitutional amendment legalizing medical cannabis in the state – is really all about helping sick people.

“This is not what you think it is, contrary to the other side, this is nothing more than legalized marijuana,” said No on 2 spokeswoman Christina Johnson.

The ads suggest that passing amendment 2 would be harmful for kids and would be “sold next to schools,” although the likelihood of pot shop being zoned next to a school isn’t exactly…high.

“I think that what you’re going to find is that when this amendment passes and there’s locals that want to have access to medical marijuana they’ll sue to get that in their neighborhoods,” said Johnson.

And the group pushing medical marijuana is doing a little fact checking of their own.

“The fact is that 25 states plus DC have medical marijuana laws, they all regulate the sale of marijuana to children as Florida’s law would,” said Ben Pollara with United for Care.

Amendment 2 backers United for Care equate the attacks to the 1930’s anti-drug film Reefer Madness and they’re being blunt: the ads are propaganda.

“This is absolutely ‘Reefer Madness’ type propaganda, this is the type of discredited stuff, the crazy scare tactics the hardcore drug warriors have been pushing for years and years and years,” said Pollara.

The madness ends in just about a month. If 60 percent of the voters don’t vote yes, then medical marijuana goes up in smoke.

And the high stakes surrounding medical cannabis means big money for both sides – in the last week of September – supporters of the amendment banked $1 million dollars from a Washington, D.C. political action committee while Drug Free Florida received $500,000 from Las Vegas casino mogul Sheldon Adelson.

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