Anti-medical marijuana group releases web video

May 16, 2016 | Gray Rohrer | THE ORLANDO SENTINEL

TALLAHASSEE – A group fighting a proposed amendment to legalize marijuana for medical purposes released its first web video Monday, attacking the measure as a fig leaf for full blown legalization of marijuana.

The video from Drug Free Florida’s Vote No on 2 campaign is posted on its website and isn’t running as an ad on television or online, but it signals the first salvo from those opposed to Amendment 2. The three-minute video features online searches of California marijuana shops, noting their marketing of marijuana-infused baked goods and other items aren’t likely to be for relieving genuine medical ailments.

“Gummi bears and candy bars? Sure looks like medicine,” the video’s narrator says sarcastically. “Eat ‘em ‘til you feel better, right doc?”

Amendment 2 would allow patients to receive medical marijuana if they are determined by a physician to have a “debilitating” medical condition like cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS or post-traumatic stress disorder. Opponents say it would amount to de facto legalization, with loopholes allowing rampant use for “patients” with dubious conditions.

“If they want to legalize pot they should just say so and let the voters decide. Instead they’re trying to trick everyone again,” the narrator states.

Drug Free Florida is ramping up its campaign against the amendment, which received 58 percent support in 2014, narrowly short of the 60 percent required for a ballot measure to be added to the state constitution.

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