Support for medical marijuana in Florida is overwhelming. Amendment 2, which will be on the ballot in Florida in November, would legalize medical marijuana use in Florida, at least under state law. A 60% “yes” vote is required for passage, and recent public opinion polls range from 57%-88% in favor.
The Florida Sheriff’s Association, of which Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is President, recently launched a campaign called “Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot“, which seeks to influence voters to vote “no” on Amendment 2. (Side note: www.dontletfloridagotopot.com is an unfortunate domain name choice. Someone needs a new marketing consultant.)
A similar effort was funded by St. Petersburg developer Mel Sembler called “Vote No on 2“. (Source: Tampa Bay Times). There is some cross-pollination between the two groups — for example, Sheriff Judd appears in a Vote No on 2 video.
The Amendment is championed by attorney John Morgan and the group he heads up, People United for Medical Marijuana. (Yes, that John Morgan.) His motivations are widely seen to be less about the merits and more about getting liberals to vote in droves in the mid-terms, to give Charlie Crist the best chance against Rick Scott. Regardless, the campaign gets both John Morgan and Grady Judd some press coverage. That’s a win-win if I’ve ever seen one.
I think the opponents of this are pretty scared it’s going to pass. Support for the principle of medical marijuana is high, pun intended, so arguing directly against the idea of medical marijuana is probably a loser. Instead, they are focusing on the legal details of the amendment. They claim it has some serious flaws. Do their claims hold up to legal scrutiny? Read the rest of this entry »