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Medical Marijuana Policy

Florida MMJ Campaign Funded By Concerned Citizens. The Opposition? Not So Much.

united for care florida amendment 2 medical marijuanaFlorida voters will get the chance to vote for medical marijuana in November during the 2014 Election. The battle to legalize medical marijuana in Florida has been no easy task. Just to get on the ballot took a tremendous amount of signatures, and from specific districts in Florida. States like my home State of Oregon don’t have district requirements. After gaining ballot approval, the Florida medical marijuana campaign faced almost immediate, well funded opposition from medical marijuana opponents.

These opponents have claimed numerous times that ‘big marijuana’ is ‘invading Florida’ in an attempt to bamboozle Florida voters into approving medical marijuana. These opponents try very hard to make it seem like a small group of individuals are funding the campaign, and trying to get medical marijuana approved so that they can degrade society and line their pockets. I have always been a fan of letting math speak for itself.

So if we look at the numbers and follow the money, what does it say? The campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida (United for Care), has received $5.5 million dollars from 5,659 donations. The opposition led by Drug Free Florida Committee has received $2.7 million dollars from only 15 donors. When you look at the math, and ignore the rhetoric, it’s blatantly obvious which side is a small group of individuals trying to thrust their political beliefs onto Florida voters.

Florida voters will no doubt be bombarded by anti-medical marijuana propaganda from now until Election Day. I’m hopeful that voters don’t believe the opposition, and do their own research. They will see that marijuana is medicine, and that medical marijuana supporters are the majority, not the minority. I’m hopeful that, for the sake of suffering patients, that Florida gets a REAL medical marijuana program passed in November.

  • Ron

    It would be interesting to see the names of those 15 donors and how much each one contributed.

    • Robert Dewayne King

      Yeah !! Expose the posers !!

    • stellarvoyager

      Sheldon Adelson: $2.5 million. All of the others combined: $200,000.

      • Local Surfer

        This guy doesn’t even live here. He is solely contributing because of Republican status of controlling the masses. Keep them poor and uneducated has been the norm for decades by rich white republican southerners. Now that the intelligent northerners are migrating south – they are not putting up with this.

        • Jetdoc

          In all actuality it’s blind support for the Semblers.

      • Jetdoc

        Sheldon Anderson’s Medical research foundation has stated that Marijuana IS medicine. So his own Foundation disagrees with him on this issue!

        • stellarvoyager

          My take on Sheldon Adelson: it is medicine if I use it, but it should be banned for everyone else. He pops pills like nobody’s business, then opposes adequate pain management for others, and wants the DEA to crack down. Total hypocrite.

  • wowFAD

    It’s the Information Age, so have faith in the ability of curiosity to overrule marketing. In my opinion, Sheldon Adelson’s lump donation to the MMJ opposition means nothing compared to 19 million Floridians with access to Google. Marketing can only do so much (influencing the ignorant), and nobody goes from being a MMJ proponent to opposing it — that’s a one-way bridge. Supporting current drug war policy is a curable disease with zero risk of reinfection. It’s a lot like chicken pox. Polls say roughly 80% of Floridians are already immune.

    Florida finally getting medical cannabis is a huge step that I believe will benefit me personally, in the long term. I live in Georgia, directly North, where the yard stick we use to measure our, ehem, “egos” is Florida. If Florida has something, Georgia will get a version of it sooner or later as well. Florida could be the first domino to fall that gets the Southeast onboard with medical cannabis, despite ourselves.

    If Florida gets MMJ and Georgia does not soon follow, the dramatically shrinking populations in the lower half of Georgia will only get worse. Many of the counties that don’t surround decently-sized urban centers (Atlanta, Savannah, Athens, Augusta, etc.) are populated by almost nobody except retirees. They passed the dreaded “stagnation” period over 20 years ago and are already well into the decline phase. If Florida offers medical cannabis (a cheaper and healthier alternative to dozens of harsh prescription medicines), many of these towns that are little more than retirement communities will empty out entirely, as seniors (the only people remaining) pick up and move to Florida.

    Brass tacks, seniors are who elect most of the people who currently hold state/local office, in Georgia. Eventually, a demand for equal representation will require the state to redistrict by population, probably right after the 2020 census — there is no way to gerrymander an empty town. Georgia lawmakers are well-aware of their shrinking constituencies based on yearly voter turnout statistics. That’s why they’ll be adopting medical cannabis very soon after Florida does, simply to avoid bleeding anymore voters.

  • Great post, Johnny. It would indeed be interesting to see who’s bankrolling the prohibitionist pablum, other than Adelson. Thanks for the Georgia perspectve, wowFAD. All politics is local, eh?

  • I am confident that the majority of Florida are intelligent enough to see through the 1950s style scare tactics the Opposition has resorted to! This is our time Florida! VOTE YES on #2! Let’s give people the medicine they need, and boost the Florida economy in the meantime! Also, if you are looking to work in the Medical Cannabis Industry, HempStaff can help you get your foot in the door.

    • Jetdoc

      Senior citizens will MAKE or BREAK this initiative.

  • mike1188

    It’s amazing that 15 people Gave away over and almost 3 million dollars. 2.7 million that’s 180,000. A piece that’s a whole lot of money. They are either so rich that they just throw away money.i have a cause they can donate to…
    Or big bussiness like pharmacies are funding the anti marijauna campaign. People do not let ignorance and big bussiness dictate your life, your health and the ever important it is your choice on what you do to take care of yourself. It is nobodies bussiness. You are not harming a single person. Cigarets are more dangerous than marijauna use and they are legal. Legalese Florida, legalize American

    • Local Surfer

      These 15 people will lose money if it becomes legal. Its all a greed thing. there is no other reason. It is not a narcotic as you all well know. Probably the safest drug in the world. Even safer than aspirin.

  • knowa1

    The Partnership at Drugfree dot org, formerly known as the Partnership for a Drug-Free

    America (PDFA) is a New York City-based non-profit organization which runs campaigns against

    marijuana legalization.

    The foundation’s founder, Robert Wood Johnson II, had built the family firm of Johnson &

    Johnson into an international health products maker, and he left the foundation a generous

    bequest of stock upon his death in 1968.

    Supporters of the Parntnership include:

    Abbot: [Pharmaceutical]

    CHPA: [Pharmaceutical]

    Cephalon: [Pharmaceutical]

    Endo: [Pharmaceutical]

    Pfizer Consumer Healthcare: [Pharmaceutical]

    Source: J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2012 Jul;73

    ‘Don’t let Florida go to pot’ is funded by Mel Sembler.

    Mel Sembler’s name is most likely to strike fear into the hearts of anyone involved in teen

    drug rehabs. Sembler and his wife, Betty, founded a chain of such institutions under the

    name Straight, Inc., which at its peak in the ‘80s had 12 clinics in nine states and a track

    record of extreme abuse.

    In one of many stories from Straight that have been exposed, a teenage girl testified to

    being compelled into the program after being caught with an airline bottle of liquor given

    to her by a friend, and then beaten, raped, locked in a janitor’s closet in pants soiled by

    urine, feces, and menstrual blood..

    Newton, who held a PhD in public administration from an unaccredited institution, was chosen

    by the Semblers to be their national clinical director. He has had to pay out over $12

    million in damages to his victims, who he has thrown against walls, held against their will,

    kidnapped, restrained in leg irons, forced into servitude, and otherwise abused.”

    Source: http://www.thefix.com/content/romney-sembler-drug-advisor-teen-rehab-abuse8515

  • moses

    I wish we could see motivation, of the contributors. Who is giving for profit and who is with compassion for sick.