In less than one month, Floridians will have the right to vote in support of or against medical marijuana in the sunshine state. Amendment 2 will only pass if the super-majority, 60%, vote in favor. A public poll of 471 likely voters conducted by the University of North Florida between September 29 and October 8, 2014, resulted in 67% saying they would vote “yes” in support of Amendment 2.
This means that for the next three weeks, both sides of the vote will be spending an obscene amount of money to sway voters.
The pro-marijuana group, People United for Medical Marijuana (United for Care), has raised $6.25 million in funding this year. Upwards of $4 million of that was already spent collecting signatures for the amendment to even be on the ballot in November. This group is trying to raise more money now to be able to release a television advertisement campaign to combat the one released by the opposition last week.
The anti-medical marijuana committee, Vote No on 2, released a $1.6 million dollar television campaign last week that will strike fear into the hearts of all who view it. The crime-scene investigation style visuals and sound effects used in this advertisement are frightening, no matter what the point is. If the words were replaced with happy thoughts about puppies and rainbows, it would still be scary.
The ad makes many far stretched statements about “loopholes” in Amendment 2. According to the ad, some of these “loopholes” would allow people of any age (including teenagers) to purchase medical marijuana for any condition, whenever they want. One very interesting statement, from the ad, says,
“They don’t call it the drug dealer protection act, but they should.”
This accompanies another completely false statement,
“Its caregiver provision gives legal protection to marijuana dealers.”
The clearly-stated limitations show that Amendment 2 does not “affect laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production or sale of marijuana.” This means that Amendment 2 would in no way protect illegal marijuana dealers.
Vote No on 2 is the same group of creative geniuses that released the fear campaign, earlier this year, claiming that medical marijuana edibles are the next date rape drug.
According to the University of North Florida’s public poll, they only need to sway 7% of voters, so only time will tell if this fear campaign has worked.
photo credit: facebook.com/noonamendment2