Top Five "Questionable Characters" Involved With Drug Free Florida
Drug Free Florida, the group that is putting on the full-court press to get Floridians to vote against medical marijuana, has been active in getting its message out, particularly with videos and with big-time donors coming from the woodwork to finance the cause.
But as much as the group wants to "educate" the state on the supposed dangers of medical marijuana, it sure has surrounded itself with what United for Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara calls "questionable characters."
Most notable is the recent $2.5 million donation from casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.
"The Anti-Amendment 2 movement is now showing its true face," Pollara says. "Now more than ever, the people behind Drug Free Florida lack any moral standing to pronounce themselves on anything related to the health and well-being of Floridians."
From a homophobe to a bigot, Drug Free Florida has been rallying major support from some, let's call em dubious folks.
Here are the top five you should know about:
5. Florida Sheriffs Association
The FSA is the big name behind the Drug Free Florida campaign, with an organized movement to try and "educate" Floridians on the dangers of medical marijuana being legalized.
They're taking old talking points and pushing the dubious factoid that the "Food and Drug Administration continues to reaffirm that there is no medical benefit provided by smoking marijuana."
Their biggest move so far has been to release an ad called "Devil in the Details" that claims that Amendment 2 is fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets willy-nilly.
These supposed "loopholes" have been addressed by the Florida Supreme Court, which has ruled that the amendment will be used only in cases of debilitating illness.
4. Sarah Bascom
Bascom is a Florida-based lobbyist, most notable for the Dosal Tobacco Corp.