Hey, Jeb Bush: Marijuana Won't Kill Florida's Tourism

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Former governor wants Florida to stay kid-friendly. You know, like Disney World. That's why people shouldn't vote yes on Amendment Two in November. In a statement released yesterday, Dubya's brother put it this way:

"Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire.

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"Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts."

Apparently in his retirement, Bush missed Florida Man's rapid ascent into meme superstardom. Nope -- even though we've got the theme parks, this place has never been known as savory or safe. You wouldn't want Florida Man to babysit your kids.

He also seems to have forgotten about that whole giant Department of Children and Families investigation that the Miami Herald did in March, the one that looked into 477 child deaths since 1998 and called the department's case-management into question.

Oh, and apparently he never read the National Magazine Award-winning story about getting high at Mickey's house.

Come on, dude. Medical marijuana is not going to keep families from hitting the I-4 corridor and checking out Universal Studios. That proverbial RV will be forever sailing toward ye olde nearby outlet malls.

And that's just Central Florida -- land of homogenous suburbs and mediocre chain restaurants. If Jeb Bush thinks the whole state is as kid-friendly as the meticulously controlled environment of a tourist attraction, he's clearly never seen the depraved souls who haunt Miami Beach when the sun goes down.

Of course, Bush didn't cite any numbers to back up his assumption. California legalized Medical Mary Jane in 1996. A chart from the state's tourism board shows that visitors have pretty steadily increased since. That took, like, 15 seconds to Google.

Colorado called California's bet and raised it -- opting to legalize recreational pot this year. Carly Holbrook, who works for the tourism board there, has noticed a similar trend. Yep -- more and more people have been stopping by and spending money in the state since legal weed was brought there in 2000.

Rather than shy away, Colorado politicians are embracing the love: They even have a specialist in charge of promoting "agritourism."

Holbrook finds Bush's claims kind of odd.

"I wouldn't think that it would even influence the tourism experience, because even if you have the card [to] get pot legally, you can't smoke it in public. That's illegal," Holbrook says. "So I'm guessing that it would be the same for Florida and people would have to be smoking in their own homes. So that's something that tourists wouldn't even see."

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Jeb Bush is a moron ;) (CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced his opposition Thursday to an overwhelmingly popular proposal that would legalize medical marijuana in his state. The Republican said "allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter" to the state's efforts to boost tourism and a business-friendly environment. Amendment 2 will appear as a ballot initiative this November and must garner 60% support to pass. "I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue," Bush said in a statement. "And I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.” (Jeb Bush is an Asshat! ;) ) (Y) http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/08/15/jeb-bush-opposes-florida-medical-marijuana-ballot-initiative/?sr=twpoli081514bushpot900pstorylink

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The Primary is on August 26th! Hope everybody is getting ready to vote! Please Vote for Charlie Crist and Annette Taddeo in August and November! As Florida voters head to the polls in November to consider candidates for governor and other elected positions, they’ll also be asked to vote yes or no on Amendment 2, one of the most talked about and debated statewide ballot initiatives in recent memory. (Y) If 60 percent of Florida voters say yes, Florida Medical Marijuana would then be legal in the Sunshine State. Early polling suggests it will pass. Charlie Crist for Governor 2014 of Florida and Yes on 2 for medical marijuana ;) https://www.facebook.com/charliecrist https://www.facebook.com/groups/500683509959867/ http://www.charliecrist.com/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/RickScottisnotmygovernor/ https://www.facebook.com/FlaDems https://www.facebook.com/UnitedForCare https://www.facebook.com/pages/Yes-on-2/1441111172817076 https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hillary2016IntelligentOnly/

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Rick Baldridge
Rick Baldridge

kid friendly? humm...if i had more time id pull up some stats for you on how many kids ALREADY smoke marijuana. your logic sir is messed up at best. maybe you should get a different group of people to tell you how to think and what to say...if you are a parent which im sure that you are its up to you to discuss the issue with your kids, otherwise in middle school they may well be puffing on their first joint already, but that aside, Florida will have (if it passes) one of the strictist laws of enforcement for such a program, and contrary to popular belief total legalization is many yrs away, so what is the problem, if someone wants to get involved in growing selling whatever they will have the man shoved so far up their ass the HAVE to abide by all the guidelines PERIOD. its not as though those people are going to run out and sell it to the kids...

Josh Brastad
Josh Brastad

Great. So if he wins the presidency I know what us in WA and our brothers in CO will have to look forward too...

Paul Sutherland
Paul Sutherland

AGAIN- New Times Broward Palm Beach - The people of Florida are voting for Medical Marijuana, not legalization of pot. Quit mixing up the two issues. This kind of reporting only feeds the opposition into their narrative that medical marijuana is just a gateway to legalization.

Jim Meirose
Jim Meirose

Alcohol is legal. I guess Jeb considers that kid friendly

Blossom Pierce
Blossom Pierce

What about my child who might be able to treat her seizures with mmj She lives here and she has no other options left.

Ÿänn Hidalgō
Ÿänn Hidalgō

For Disney this kind of guy are considered like "villains" just sayin'

Peter Dunn
Peter Dunn

LMAO will kill tourism, I mean look at Colorado's tourism, people shot over to CO like people did California during the gold rush. Jeb needs to go somewhere.

Rosita Vee
Rosita Vee

Didn't this guys kids get busted for drugs a few times? Maybe he should focus on them.

Casey Phelan
Casey Phelan

Dummy.. Make sure all of the Floridians stay addicted to oxycontin though. Im sure he has a stake in that somewhere.

Richard Jones
Richard Jones

Jeff Klein so are many other things that are already legal.

Travis K Sandlin
Travis K Sandlin

jeff tell that to the chinese that have used it as medicine for longer than records have been kept, especially in western civilization, if you mean alcohol and the violence, cancer, and accidents caused by it, then yes, alcohol is the issue, marijuana is a known medicine

Samuel Fidecaro
Samuel Fidecaro

Maybe there'd bee less ugliness down in America's dingleberry.

Jeff Klein
Jeff Klein

What a bunch of fools. Pot is bad, period. Nothing you say will change that.

Aracelis Monin Jonker
Aracelis Monin Jonker

...Does anyone really care what this guy thinks? This is a serious question...

Eric Bencivenga
Eric Bencivenga

What a fucking idiot, you lost your political future with that comment

Patrick Mac
Patrick Mac

thats why i love good ole G.W.B "Mission Accomplished"

George Wayne Shealy
George Wayne Shealy

Mickey Mouse will not save Him. He is A Satan Worshipper with his Inbreed kin folk pushing the NWO. They do not care what the Voters think. Considering elections are rigged. Especially in Florida!

Tim Turnbull
Tim Turnbull

this is the guy that told Bill Mahre "you don;t need to take an intelligence test to be a polititian" in Bill's movie...spare us please

Waylon Hogue
Waylon Hogue

I don't even smoke and I am thinking don't vote for this asshole

Cecile Brown
Cecile Brown

That's for sure. He's as bad as my Gov. She signed a law allowing it yet she put so many stipulations on it that we still don't have it. She only let it come about for her Political career dumb wench.

Bob Kopperman
Bob Kopperman

That ends his chances of winning any election!

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