Amendment 2 Florida voters will vote for a medical marijuana program on November 4, and if trends continue, it appears that Floridian drug dealers will keep making tax-free drug money.
A new Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/UF Bob Graham Center poll shows that only 48% of respondents support Amendment 2. The same poll says that 44% oppose and 7% are undecided. Amendment 2 Florida needs 60% support to pass.
Not only is this loss of support disappointing, it is also surprising because this measure has enjoyed 70 – 80% support since it received enough signatures to make the ballot.
David Colburn, director of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service says, “It may not mean that Floridians don’t support the use of medical marijuana, but apparently many voters dislike the amendment’s wording and embedding it into the state Constitution.”
Colburn’s assertion assumes that Amendment 2 Florida voters have actually read the wording of Amendment 2. This is highly unlikely because the only people who read the wording of laws are lawyer, accountants, and lobbyists, not a random selection of cold called people. A more probable scenario is that people are being scared by misleading TV ads run by opponents to Amendment 2.
Opponents are using scary misinformation to turn public opinion against Florida medical marijuana. They claim the wording of the bill is so vague that it makes caregivers poisoning patients legal. These commercials also claim that if Amendment 2 passes, drug dealers would sell medical marijuana.
This is true. If you sell drugs, you are a drug dealer. Right, CVS, Walgreen’s, Kroger, Publix, Safeway, doctors, pharmacists, Rite-Aid, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Bayers, Abbott, Alkermes, Eli Lilly, Schering Plough, Johnson & Johnson, Roche, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, Sanofi, Actavis, Merck? Just kidding – I just wanted to give a shout out to the real d-boys. 😉
Amendment 2 does not have vague wording. It has open-ended language that allows the state legislature change the amendment to correct problems as they occur. The bill is written so that if there is a loophole that allows convicted felons to grow medical marijuana, the legislature can close the loophole without having to wait for another referendum. Of course opponents of Amendment 2 seized this feature and are using their spin machine to confuse geriatric Florida voters.
Here’s a quick run down of the groups/people who are against Amendment 2 and why:
- St. Petersburg’s Drug Free America Foundation. Fun Fact: The Drug-Free America Foundation is a non-profit funded by pharmaceutical, alcohol and tobacco companies. Competition is bad for business. These industries shouldn’t fear competition from cannabis. Cannabis isn’t nearly as addictive as their products and won’t kill their customers either. In fact, cannabis can help people live longer so they can buy more tobacco, alcohol and prescription drugs. I bet Big Pharma hasn’t thought of that yet!
- Florida Sheriff’s Association. This is self-explanatory. The police love marijuana prohibition because arresting non-violent users is easy and the sheriff’s department get to keep all of the money and cars they find at cannabis users’ houses.
- Florida Medical Association. I have a hunch that Big Pharma’s money may influence the FMA just a little bit.
- Sheldon Adelson. Better known by his super hero name, “The Human Septic Tank”, Sheldon Adelson is the sugar daddy of Amendment 2’s opposition. He owns the Sands Casino in Las Vegas. Why does a Las Vegas casino owner oppose medical marijuana in Florida? He’s made billions off legalized gambling so he doesn’t care about protecting people from addictive vices nor does he have moral high ground. Nevada and Florida are like 2000 miles apart so I can’t imagine much crossover of any kind. In fact, Nevada has medical marijuana that Sheldon doesn’t oppose. Or maybe he’s just be a mean, rich, old…
Floridians – go out and vote on Tuesday, November 4th if you want to be the first state in the south to have medical marijuana. If you don’t vote, you can’t complain if the amendment fails. Amendment 2 Florida!
Good Luck and Go Vote!
By: Daniel Macris, founder and ceo of Halcyon Organics.
© Halcyon Organics 2014