Politics

Medical Marijuana Won't Be Hit But Amendment 2 Will Be Fair Game

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: July 30, 2014 3:55 AM
Medical Marijuana
Opponents of Amendment 2 have their work cut out for them -- any doubts about medical marijuana’s popularity in Florida were obliterated by a Quinnipiac poll which had 88 percent of voters supporting it and only 10 percent opposing it. Voters of all types -- old, young, Republicans, Democrats, independents -- are in favor of it. 

But just because they support medical marijuana, it doesn’t mean they are going to vote for Amendment 2, something Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot was quick to point out after the Q-poll came out.

Don’t Let Florida to Go to Pot, Drug Free Florida and other opponents of Amendment 2 have only one course of action between now and the election: they have to go on the attack against Amendment 2 while not appearing to be against medical marijuana in general. It’s a tough tightrope to walk but it’s their only option.

Polls show Floridians support Amendment 2 the more they know about it. The various opponents of Amendment 2 will look to argue the proposal has nothing specific about age requirements or mandating criminal background checks for caretakers.

Florida voters can look ahead to conflicting ads this fall. John Morgan and other backers of Amendment 2 will keep the focus on medical marijuana and its benefits for helping suffering people. The opponents will try to defeat the amendment on its edges, arguing it leaves too many loopholes to be effective.  

What it comes down to is, supporters of Amendment 2 will rely on simple arguments about why Florida should allow medical marijuana while opponents will concede the point but point out the flaws in this proposal.

There aren’t that many interesting general election contests in Florida this year outside the gubernatorial race, two congressional races and a handful of legislative battles. Opponents of Amendment 2 will look to take advantage of it by getting their message out far and wide.

Both sides can count on large financial support from their backers. Floridians should be prepared for television and radio spots telling us about suffering seniors and cancer patients who need medical marijuana for relief, and commercials letting us know that criminals could end up as caretakers. Mailers will be cluttering mailboxes and filling up garbage cans across Florida letting voters know that medical marijuana will help a little girl with her grave medical condition and informing everyone that teens will have access to marijuana without their parents’ consent if Amendment 2 passes.

Medical marijuana is popular in Florida but that doesn’t mean Amendment 2 is going to be a slam dunk, especially as opponents go after its weak spots. The battle over Amendment 2 will be one of the most prominent contests in Florida come November.



Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis exclusively for Sunshine State News.

Comments (17)

Dennis R. Torii, Jr.
6:45PM AUG 6TH 2014
This Nation will face the pendulum effect of its prohibition now. There will be at least seven years of excessive use everywhere no matter what measures are taken. Congratulations. Now face the reality that America deserves for not dealing with things as they are. You will need the 10 percent tax on pot for the Campaign of Shame.
Cheech N. Chong
5:48AM AUG 2ND 2014
This is a matter of personal choice. So sad that there will be this huge war of propaganda on both sides. What a waste. Cannabis has been around for centuries. And I really doubt anyone ever died from it's use. It's been available to teenagers for decades so the argument that legalization is going to "Let Florida Go to Pot" is just more propaganda to sell one side's argument. And I also don't believe it will "cure" cancer. What it can do is alleviate pain, ease stomach discomfort so patients can consume foods. And finally, what this whole thing is all about, legalization will means that people will finally have freedom of choice. If you don't want to smoke or eat cannabis, then don't. But don't cloud the air with misinformation and scare tactics that distort the truth.
Dean
5:58PM AUG 1ST 2014
Here is an interesting FACT. No on 2 Facebook admins are blocking Pro Amendment 2 folks from commenting. I am disgusted that supposed constitutional conservative types violate Freedom of Speech. The height of hypocrisy! Hope this gets some traction and the press embarasses them for it!
Don
8:24PM AUG 10TH 2014
Yes they are! I was blocked.
Dennis R. Torii, Jr.
2:04PM AUG 1ST 2014
It will be legal as it should but there needs to be a 10% tax to fund an ongoing Campaign of Shame for using Marijuana for Recreational Purposes. It must be relentless and anyone giving it to children must face stiff mandatory penalties. It has been an ugly prohibition.
Angie Crayton
4:24PM JUL 30TH 2014
My 29 year old son with 3 children has been sent home to die from cancer - glioblastoma. There are numerous studies that show medical cannabis can kill cancer.

What in the world is wrong with people that are so afraid of change. Look how many innocent lives can be spared such agony. Where is the compassion for fellow human beings when some are simply afraid it might get into the wrong hands. Well I got news for them - It is already in the wrong hands - lets put medical cannabis in the right hands and cure suffering fellow innocent human beings!!!

Put the suffering sick and dying before the need to control and legislate. People are more important than power, control and money!!!
Frank
4:20PM JUL 30TH 2014
Gee . . . . wonder how the Gov & AG are going to vote on this . . . . which is SSN "REALLY" concerned about . . . . MM passing . . . . or the fact that it may bring out many young voters who likely won't vote for Rick Scott . . . . . .

Pathetic . . . .
BossIlluminati
9:31AM JUL 30TH 2014
the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33
idnobmap
8:15AM JUL 30TH 2014
Hugh, be prepared that all 7 are going to LOSE. MM is going to be the new reality, get ready or better yet - leave
Arturo R. Pasrón
7:51AM JUL 30TH 2014
Justificar el uso de la mariguana como medicina para los enfermos, es igual que justificar los juegos de falso azar a beneficio de la educación, donde las víctimas son los inocentes que le ponen la cabeza en las nubes y las ganancias para los traficantes de miserias humanas, que consolidan su negocio con vicios adquiridos gracias a los deformadores de la Juventud, que lucran además de los enfermos financiados con seguro médico pagado (por lo general) por los que no fuman mariguana y no gastan su tiempo y sus finanzas jugando a beneficio bien definido de los parásitos. No hay que ser un genio, para entender que si la mariguana tiene algún componente útil, no es exclusivo de esa hierba y puede obtenerse de otras fuentes con mayor eficiencia y la pureza requerida para suministrar a los enfermos la dosis que se demuestre de antemano útil y necesaria. Es de malvados hacer creer que sembrando mariguana de manera legal y comercializándola de igual modo, no es para satisfacer el vicio de los mariguaneros y negociantes que lucran con sus víctimas.
Sería útil llevar a votación, solo con el derecho de participar a quienes trabajan y trabajaron ganando su salario de su trabajo útil, dejando fuera a quienes cobran salarios y subvenciones de los impuestos, por la razón elemental de que no pagan impuestos netos. Los derechos que tienen los gobiernos a usar impuestos recaudados del trabajo ajeno, fuera de los intereses específicos de quienes los aportan. Limitando a los guías de la sociedad de manera efectiva a los intereses de quienes los aportan.
Hoy creemos que con los esfuerzos humanos muchas cosas útiles son viables de alcanzar, es hora de saber que no puede ser el esfuerzo ajeno la fuente de riquezas individual y si nos gusta luchar por conquistar las cosas que parecen imposibles, tratemos que el ser humano comprenda que hacer lo correcto es posible también.
30/07/2014 7:36:39 Arturo R. Pasaron
Diane
10:21AM JUL 30TH 2014
Even Hispanics make up things. Good thing we have Annette to speak the truth. The more lies are exposed the more likely those 80% of pro-med MJ will vote for the truth tellers - Democrats.

Justifiy the use of marijuana as a medicine for the sick, is equal to justify the false gambling games for the benefit of education, where the victims are the innocent that you put the head in the clouds and the profits for traffickers of human misery, which consolidate its business with vices acquired thanks to the distorters of the youth, who profit from in addition to the sick financed health insurance paid (generally) by those who do not smoke marijuana and do not spend their time and their finances playing to benefit well-defined the parasites. There is no reason to be a genius to understand that if the marijuana has some useful component, is not unique to this herb and can be obtained from other sources with greater efficiency and purity required for supply to the sick the dose that has been proved to advance necessary and useful. It is wicked to make believe that planting marijuana in a legal manner and onwards Cervejaria similarly, it is not to meet the vice of the mariguaneros and stockists who profit from their victims.
It would be useful to the vote, only with the right to participate those who are working and earning their wages worked its useful work, leaving out those salaries and grants from the taxes, by the elementary reason that do not pay tax net. The rights of governments to use taxes collected from the work of others, outside of the specific interests of those who contribute. By limiting to the guides of society effectively to the interests of those who contribute.
Today we believe that with the human efforts many useful things are viable to attain, it's time to know that cannot be the effort outside the source of individual wealth and if we like to fight to conquer the things that seem impossible, let's make the human being understands that doing the right thing is also possible.
Dean
6:34AM JUL 30TH 2014
As the anti-MM folks lie, use half-truths and outright propaganda about Amendment 2. Please do not let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Amendment 2 is that good. Please Vote Yes on 2. For The Patients! Thank You
Hugh Yonn
6:23AM JUL 30TH 2014
Just yesterday, I spoke with a lady who is married with 2 grown sons and 3 grandsons...all old enough to vote...and they DO vote.
With her husband, the family totals 7 voters...all will be voting against Amendment 2.

It so important that folks who want to see this Amendment pass get to the polls and vote. Our biggest enemy will be voter apathy...with all news agencies calling it 'overwhelmingly favored,'...it can only survive if people do not depend on 'the other guy'...please vote...
Diane
9:47AM JUL 30TH 2014
Why would you vote against a drug that can alleviate pain and suffering of children as well as adults? Do you have no sympathy for these patients?
BossIlluminati
9:32AM JUL 30TH 2014
i have about 12 family members living around Florida, and everyone of them will vote for it....12 to 7....
Fire
8:35AM JUL 30TH 2014
So what you will be saying with your families no vote on amendment #2 is that you will continue to support the Mexican drug cartels, illegal narcotic dealers that have no problem selling dope to children, allowing mega people who will continue to smoke marijuana legal or illegal for marijuana to have mites and other dead bugs along with chemical sprays in the marijuana. Look around you marijuana is everywhere yet you will be saying no to someone that has Doctor advising them to use marijuana. You agree that the State of Florida should not supervise medical marijuana or receive tax revenue dollars. These are some of the things that vote no on amendment # 2 means. Looks like most of the Florida Voters agree that we the people have the right to use clean medical marijuana with doctors consent. Vote yes on amendment # 2 this November.
Don
8:28PM AUG 10TH 2014
Medicine is not taxed in Florida.

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