Florida sheriffs lobby against medical marijuana-
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (AP) - Florida Sheriffs Association President Grady Judd says the proposed amendment to legalize medical marijuana is a “wolf in sheep's clothing” that would allow for recreational use of the drug.
The association met with reporters Tuesday to promote the “Don't Let Florida Go to Pot” coalition. Judd and others assert that loopholes in the amendment would allow minors access to marijuana and drug dealers to qualify as “personal caregivers.” He added that dispensaries would replace pill mills.
Judd was joined by a mother who says her son died from an overdose on prescription pills and that addiction began with marijuana. Novus Medical Detox Center Director Kent Runyon says he is concerned that kids will get marijuana for a broken arm.
Judd opposes language allowing the use of medical marijuana for “other conditions” in addition to a debilitating medical condition.
Casino head spends millions against pot amendment-
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is helping a group that wants to defeat a constitutional amendment that would allow the use of medical marijuana.
Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show that Adelson gave $2.5 million to a political committee trying to defeat Amendment 2. Adelson is a high-profile republican donor and CEO of Las Vegas sands corp. His company has pushed unsuccessfully to expand casino gambling in florida.
Adelson is the largest donor so far to the Drug Free Florida committee. The group has raised slightly more than $2.7 million since it was formed in March.
Voters will decide in November whether to approve the amendment.
The group pushing the amendment to allow medical marijuana is primarily being funded by Orlando trial attorney John Morgan.