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Florida Cop Illegally Tries To Sway Voters Against Medical Marijuana

cops law enforcement special needs students entrapmentWhen it comes to opposing cannabis reform efforts, law enforcement almost always helps lead the way. I’m not saying that every cop tries to squash cannabis reform efforts, as Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is one of the top reform groups in the nation, but if there is a group opposing cannabis reform politics, law enforcement is almost always a member of that group. That is the case right now in Florida, where a cop sent a mass e-mail to voters urging them to vote no on Florida’s medical cannabis initiative. Per High Times:

According to reports, Commander Tom Carney recently sent out a press release called the “Truth About Medical Marijuana,” which apparently contained a plethora of pot propaganda aimed at persuading voters across the city to vote against a measure to legalize medicinal cannabis in the Sunshine State.

Of course, it is against state law for police officers to engage in political banter while on the job, so when local officials became aware of Carney’s underhanded anti-cannabis campaign, they forced him to apologize for breaking the law. However, instead of emailing a follow-up, Carney resent the contemptuous email that got him into trouble in the first place.

“From the get-go it shouldn’t have been disseminated and then, when it was done wrong the first time, it didn’t need to be compounded the second time,” City Councilwoman Barbara Kramer said in an emailed statement to city officials. “Guess I’m not the only one who thinks the PD shouldn’t be sending this out.”

Cops breaking the rules to oppose cannabis reform are very common, unfortunately. The Oregon County Sheriff’s Association is sponsoring an anti-cannabis summit and tour just days before voters vote oncannabis legalization in the Beaver State, a summit and tour that has accepted federal tax dollars to interfere with a local election. An Oregon police chief was punished for violating campaign laws in 2010 when he illegally campaigned against a medical cannabis dispensary initiative while on the job. Unfortunately, violating the spirit, if not the letter, of the law seems to be very common for prohibitionists. Fortunately, a growing majority of voters is finally seeing thru the Reefer Madness fog.

Source: International Cannabis Business Conference

  • Cyndysub

    “That is the case right now in Florida, where a cop sent a mass e-mail to voters urging them to vote no on Florida’s medical cannabis initiative” A concerned citizen should send out mass emails to everyone in that county calling for the permanent removal and lifetime banning of that officer from the police force. Uh, fair is fair right?

    • Jetdoc

      I wanna know WHO gave him the email list? It was definitely a political party! But I’d like to know who released those e-mail addresses.

      • Cyndysub

        They would both be guilty unless there was more than two. Come on somebody from Anonymous please help out here.

  • joe

    He nerds to move to oregon . a police job would fit him….

  • Bob Mylow

    Stories like this will continue through all states that implement any changes to existing marijuana for the better. To many years of propaganda and exposure to only the small percentage marijuana users who for the most part are addicted to other drugs. Has colored the law enforcements view of the public as a whole. Anyone in their view that smokes marijuana has to be addicted to crack, meth or heroin and poses a threat. They are also addicted to the federal grants and sales of homes, cars and money seizures.

  • Guest

    The Weed Blog should publish the e-mail address so we can tell them what we think.

  • Maria

    Hey I live here in FL. And I’m voting for medical marijuana. I’m tired of taking so much meds. I have ostioarthritis. Neuropathy. And the pills that my arthritis doctor wants me to take have such deadly side effects. I called him and told him that I’m not taking them pills. I rather smoke a joint it relaxes me and helps me sleep. So yes for medical marijuana here in Florida!

    • duly305

      Maria, I to live in Florida and I will be voting Yes on 2 this November for people as yourself whom need this miracle plant that God has placed upon this earth for us humans to use at our discretion.

  • mike1188

    Some police have nothing better to do than to dictate there own rules and laws as they see fit. Some cops need to remember they do not write the laws, there job is to enforce our laws. Personaly if I was spending my days mass emailing people while I was at work I would of been fired……this guy broke a written law and he still has a job.

  • sharpss

    Why is there no mention of disciplinary action or of termination for a cop breaking the law? Better yet, why does the population in general tolerate such crap?

  • knowa1

    When ever you see that sheriff that debates John Morgan he is in his uniform and gun.

  • duly305

    http://www.hightimes.com/ read/ florida-cop-sends-illegal-email-voters-re-medical-marijuana

  • Scott Eaton

    What jail is he in ? I want to send him some lipstick and a dress

  • HCV

    After a long and argumentative hearing, He was found to be at fault for the misuse of administrative assets.
    He entered a position of Nolo Contendere. He accepted the decision of the tribunal. Which determined that;
    The officer must wear whit socks after Labor Day and must go on a two day (paid) vacation fishing for Tarpon off the Florida Coast.
    The officer excepted this disciplinary action and openly apologized, stating “I will only use my personal computer, when I send out the next e-mail.
    After all one must remember,, “This Is Florida”. Where the wax in your ears melts, and your mind leaks out.

  • frank

    **Vote For Bill Wohlsifer** Florida Attorney General #YesOn2 #Hemp4Water