Drug Free Florida releases second TV ad in medical marijuana opposition campaign

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The group opposed to the medical marijuana ballot initiative is out with a new advertisement, this time focusing on the idea that medical pot will be marketed to kids.

Drug Free Florida released its second TV ad Monday. The advertisement, called “Pot Candy,” is meant to inform Floridians about the impact of medical marijuana. The 30-second spot will air in each of Florida’s media markets, and also will air on Spanish-language television and radio.

“With Amendment 2, this is what medicine will look like: Pot packaged like candy, up to 20 times stronger than it once was,” a narrator says in the advertisement. “Marketed to kids, sold next to schools in nearly 2,000 pot shops across Florida. No medical standards. No pharmacists. No prescriptions. And no way to stop it, unless you vote no on Amendment 2.”

The ad is the latest in a series of advertisements by Drug Free Florida that aim to tell Floridians medical marijuana isn’t medicine. The release comes as United for Care, the campaign backing the medical pot initiative, announced it was releasing an ad in the coming days.

The proposal would allow 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.

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

Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster

One comment

  • Ronald Watson

    October 4, 2016 at 11:21 am

    It is hard not to respond to these blatant falsehoods.
    1) Yes, edibles (pot candy) will be allowed under A2; however, they will not be targeted at kids nor sold by schools. The Fed DOJ letter of guidance specifically prohibits targeting minors and the existing Florida law (s.381.986, (1)(g), F.S.) disallows use on any school grounds!
    2) Only Florida licensed physicians (MDs and DOs) will be allowed to “certify” (prescribe) patients to become eligible and only if they have a debilitating medical condition (medical standards). All physicians and patients will be tracked electronically and law enforcement will have access to the data. Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs) will act just like pharmacies (pharmacist) who are prohibited from handling the schedule I substances.
    3) Present law (s.381.986, (8), F.S.) allows the state to decide where growing and processing will be located but allows local governments (2,000 pot shops) to decide where and if retail is located.
    4) There will be what’s called an “implementing” bill during the 2017 legislature that will address many additional specifics dealing with licensure and regulation. Just look at the present law to get a sense of how tight the legislature will regulate this industry. 30 day existing relationship with physician and a max 45 day supply limit, etc..
    Vote Yes on 2 and make the legislature act on behave of suffering Floridians!

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