The family which founded Publix, Florida’s favorite grocery store chain, recently threw a few of their mountains of cash toward the effort to defeat the measure to expand the state’s medical cannabis program. Specifically a mountain $800,000 tall!
On a lighter note, it is hard to imagine why someone who sells food for a living would fight something that is typically thought of to cause the munchies.
On a more serious and terribly ironic note, Jenkins Barnett just stepped down from her role with Publix due to early onset alzheimer’s. How crazy is it that she is fighting the very medicine which may provide her relief from alzheimer’s?!
THC was recently shown in tests to remove brain plaque and reduce brain cell inflammation, the two hallmarks of alzheimer’s. In addition, all the citizens of the United States of America including Jenkins Barnett share ownership of Patent 6630507, which is for the use of cannabinoids as a treatment for neurological conditions specifically including alzheimer’s.
The Publix brand is held in high regard by the residents of Florida, but this move by their founders is likely to sour the brand’s name. Who would want to buy groceries from someone who blocks a sick person’s access to medicine? The Barnett family donated their cash to a Florida group called Drug Free Florida.
This group is responsible for broadcasting Reefer Madness era propaganda throughout the sunshine state. The Miami New Times described this group’s actions as “spreading lies, half-truths, and misinformation about the proposed law.” Drug Free Florida is targeting voters to try to sway them to vote against Amendment 2 this coming November.
The Miami New Times put a lot of bite into their assessment of Drug Free Florida when they debunked the 10 myths the group is promoting. In an effort to leave no stone unturned, another Florida newspaper called the New Times Broward-Palm Beach compiled a list of the five most ludicrous anti-cannabis videos the group has released in the past two years.
The Barnett family donated $500,000 in 2014 to help defeat a similar measure. Please talk with those who you know in Florida and make sure they understand the facts of medical cannabis accurately.
Fear is a powerful motivator, and only facts can break its intense grip. With big money pushing big scary myths across the state, we all need to do our part to ensure the truth about medical cannabis is not blurred by Drug Free Florida or the Barnett family.