United for Care Answers Anti-Medical Marijuana Group's Claims
Last month, we told you about Drug Free Florida's anti-medical marijuana video called "Devil In the Details," that breaks down reasons why passing Amendment 2 in November would lead to chaos in the streets of Florida.
The video claims that Amendment 2 is fraught with legal loopholes and language that would allow pot to be smoked and sold on the streets without interference from the law, and that it would lead to the eventual full-on legalization of weed in the state.
"A vote for Amendment 2," Florida Sheriffs Association president Sheriff Grady Judd says in the video, "is a vote for legalizing marijuana forever in the state of Florida."
The video breaks things down into what they say are loop holes found in Amendment 2, such as The Pill Mill Loophole, that tries to equate legal medical marijuana with the 2010 pill mills craze that hit Florida. In the video, sheriff Judd claims that pot shops will start opening next to elementary schools and high schools thanks to this loop hole. The video voice over person then says if Amendment 2 passes, pot shops will be the new pill mills.
"You're going to have pot in your neighborhoods because there are no restrictions," another man says in the video.
In response to the video's claims that Amendment 2 is full of loop holes, United For Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara told New Times that the amendment's only purpose is to help people with debilitating diseases that could be helped with medical marijuana.
"If there was any doubt, the Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that the amendment will only be used in cases of debilitating illness," Pollara told New Times. "The purpose of the amendment is to allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician."
In another part of the video, Drug Free Florida trots out a former drug dealer and current minister that says that there will be so many pot shops opening thanks to the Teenager Loophole, there will be nowhere safe to take our families and children. Teenagers will be able to purchase pot just by claiming they can't sleep, or are stressed out, he warns.
But Pollara says that these claims are nothing but scare tactics from the opposition.