Florida Sheriffs Launch Medical Marijuana Opposition Campaign
The many opponents of legalized marijuana in Florida have come and gone, defeated with facts and science and the power of the people.
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But, like a ferocious hungry hydra looking to devour the movement at every turn, opposition continues to rear its long, scaly talons at preventing medical weed from being legalized.
The most recent -- and perhaps biggest -- opposition to date comes in the form of the Florida Sheriffs Association, which has launched a staunch anti-Amendment 2 campaign called "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot."
On its website, the FSA put up a "public safety" page, detailing reasons why it opposes the passing of Amendment 2 and linking to different articles that support its concerns.
The FSA is also joining other anti-medical marijuana groups, such as Save Our Society From Drugs, to push the "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" movement, although it says it's not planning on making it a political thing.
While it does plan on taking donations for the campaign, the FSA's tax status keeps it from outright telling people to vote no on Amendment 2.
So, this is all about "educating" the public while also having something for politicians opposed to medical marijuana as a reputable group to point to in their push to have people vote no in November.
The FSA's Public Safety Page states some shaky talking points, such as saying medical marijuana has no medical benefits, when the opposite has been proven time and again.
From the FSA website:
Currently, Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I Drug by Florida Statutes, the U.S. Congress and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Schedule I drugs are classified as having a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment and a lack of accepted safety for use. After decades of research, the Food and Drug Administration continues to reaffirm that there is no medical benefit provided by smoking marijuana and that, in fact, considerable harm can be caused by such use.