The donations being made to both anti-cannabis and pro-cannabis groups in Florida are painting a clear picture of the state’s opinion on the medical cannabis.
In a crystal clear landslide for the pro-cannabis side, the number of donations given to anti-cannabis groups outnumbers those given to the anti-cannabis groups at a nearly unbelievable rate of 650-to-1.
Furthermore, the type and origin of the donations on both sides provide a more nuanced and deeper understanding of the population.
This coming November Floridians will be voting on Amendment 2, which is a measure to expand the state’s current medical cannabis program. The organization responsible for putting it on the November ballot is United for Care.
The group has received over 7,000 individual donations, with the lion share being between $5-$50. In contrast, the anti-cannabis group Drug-Free Florida Committee has received only 11 donations.
Yes, you read that correctly, eleven donations. If numbers don’t lie, Florida residents fervently want to expand legal access to medical cannabis.
Most interestingly, of the eleven donations, six were less than $100, three were between $1000 – $10,000, and the remaining two were $800,000 and $1,000,000.
The $800,000 was donated by the heiress of Florida’s grocery chain Publix. The largest anti-cannabis donation of a whopping $1,000,000 was from Mel Sembler.
The famous Drug-Free America was founded by Sembler’s wife, so they must share the same anti-cannabis sentiments.
About two years ago Florida voted on a similar measure to expand legal medical cannabis, which failed to pass by a minuscule two percentage points.
During that period, billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson donated over $5,000,000 to help defeat the measure. This time around Adelson has not thrown any money into the race, and we are left to ponder why.
I think he is a smart businessman, as reflected by his monetary success, and knows a losing battle when he sees one.
Everyday Floridians are throwing what little extra they have of their hard-earned money behind a measure they believe in. No amount of money will be able to outpace the willpower of the voters!
If you are looking to join the ranks of the over 7,000 champions who have donated to United for Care, you can do so by clicking here.
H/T: Medical Jane