Editorial: Nancy was right: Just say no

The Ledger September 18, 2016 http://www.theledger.com/article/20160918/EDIT01/160919603/1500/politics?p=all&tc=pgall Ben Pollara recently made a final lap of newspapers around Florida urging support for his cause: ratification of Amendment 2, the medical marijuana ballot measure.   It seemed, with some justification, more like a victory lap when Pollara, spokesman for United for Care, the primary supporters of medical pot, visited The Ledger last week. …

Column: Why five former justices oppose Amendment 2

By former Florida Supreme Court Justices Parker Lee McDonald, Stephen H. Grimes, Major B. Harding, Raoul G. Cantero III and Kenneth B. Bell Tampa Bay Times September 16, 2016 http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/columns/column-why-five-former-justices-oppose-amendment-2/2293953   As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the state of Florida. Today, we urge all Floridians to protect …

Florida does not need 2,000 ‘pot shops’

Mark Wilson Miami Herald July 28, 2016 http://www.miamiherald.com/opinion/letters-to-the-editor/article92496097.html In 1996, California voters were duped into passing a “medical marijuana” initiative just like Amendment 2 that John Morgan and other trial lawyers are peddling in Florida. Amendment 2 preys on our compassion for those with serious illnesses, but it’s really a thinly veiled effort to legalize pot – which trial lawyers …

Successful In 2014, Medical Marijuana Opponents Ramp Up Campaign Against Latest Ballot Initiative

May 16, 2016 | Jenna Buzzacco-Foerster | FLORIDA POLITICS The campaign to convince Floridians to “Vote No on 2” is officially heating up. Vote No On 2, the group leading the charge against the 2016 medical marijuana initiative, Monday aimed at highlighting the dangers of legalizing medical marijuana. Throughout the three-minute video, viewers see what happened in California after the Golden …

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 …

Medical pot measure goes up in smoke

November 5, 2014 | NEWS-PRESS Floridians voted No on 2. Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana failed by a vote of 57 percent yes and 43 percent no. The race was close, as predicted, with the pro-amendment United for Care campaign failing to eke out a win by 3 percentage points. Ordinarily, 57 percent of the vote would spell victory …

Push for medical marijuana not enough in Florida

November 5, 2014 | OCALA STAR-BANNER At forums around the state, though, it appeared backers of the ballot initiative had momentum on their side. Supporters far outnumbered opponents at events, and polls — for a time — seemed to mirror that. In July, Quinnipiac University found that 88 percent of Florida voters supported medical marijuana, but later polls suggested that …

Push for medical marijuana not enough in Florida

November 4, 2014 | BRADENTON HERALD Crowds of passionate supporters, pleas of compassion for the sick and a majority of Florida’s votes were not enough to fend off accusations that a medical marijuana initiative was riddled with holes. Amendment 2 had just under 58 percent support with nearly all precincts reporting early Wednesday, just shy of the 60 percent threshold …

Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short

November 4, 2014 | WUSF NEWS Little more than three months ago, Floridians appeared poised to overwhelmingly pass a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. But Tuesday, after a barrage of negative ads by opponents, the idea came crashing down. As of 11 p.m., 57.5 percent of voters backed the proposed amendment — known as Amendment 2 — that would …

Amendment 2: Medical marijuana initiative defeated in Florida

November 4, 2014 | FLORIDA TIMES-UNION Voters narrowly rejected the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida on Tuesday after a surge of ads saying the ballot initiative was riddled with holes. The Associated Press declared that Amendment 2 had failed as it did not appear it would reach the necessary 60 percent to pass. It had about 57 percent support …