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New ad from Drug Free Florida says marijuana ‘is not medicine’

Drug Free Florida is out with a new TV ad questioning the assertion that medical marijuana is medicine.

The 30-second spot, according to the Vote No on 2 campaign, is meant to compare a prescription drug with marijuana. According to the campaign, Marinol, a prescription drug, has the same benefits as marijuana but is “regulated by the FDA and prescribed by a doctor.”

“This is not medicine, not regulated by the FDA, not prescribed by a doctor. But Amendment 2 makes it legal” a narrator says in the 30-second spot as people are shown smoking marijuana. “Why? Because Amendment 2 is a scam.”

The ad goes on to say “you don’t smoke medicine.”

The committee ran a successful campaign against the 2014 medical marijuana amendment. That proposal received 58 percent of the vote, just shy of the 60 percent needed to become law.

The current proposal allows people with debilitating medical conditions, as determined by a licensed Florida physician, to use medical marijuana. The amendment defines a debilitating condition as cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among other things.

Recent polling found 70 percent of likely Florida voters said they support the 2016 ballot initiative.

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