AIF Opposes Amendment 2: Bad for Florida Businesses

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The “voice” of Florida business is the latest to join a powerful chorus speaking out against legal pot.

The Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) today came out in opposition of Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

“AIF’s Board of Directors opposes Amendment 2 because of the myriad of known and unknown complications it will render to Florida businesses,” said AIF CEO Tom Feeney.  “The practical and legal inconsistencies that Amendment 2 will heft onto our current workers’ compensation, drug testing, workplace safety, disability, discrimination and health care laws, to name a few, will create confusion that breeds litigation and increases the cost of doing business.

“Florida businesses cannot afford the tarnished image this Amendment would bring to our business-friendly state nor the negative consequences that increased marijuana use and availability will have in our neighborhoods and communities.  Simply put, Amendment 2 is bad for business and bad for Florida.”

Known as “The Voice of Florida Business” in the Sunshine State, AIF represents principles of prosperity and free enterprise before the three branches of state government since 1920.  A voluntary association of diversified businesses, AIF was created to foster an economic climate in Florida conducive to the growth, development, and welfare of industry and business and the people of the state.

For more information on AIF, visit AIF.com and follow @VoiceofFLBiz.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.