Anti-medical marijuana committee spends another $1.3 million

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“Drug-Free Florida Committee,” the group opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment seeking to legalize medical marijuana spent almost $1.3 million from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3.

Nearly all was for advertising-related costs, according to the Florida Division of Elections.

The committee raised an overall total $4,738,302 and spending $4,268,889 as of Oct. 3.

During the weeklong reporting, the group spent $1,287,224, all but $16,000 of it going to either “media placement” or “advertising.”

Bolstering the take was additional contributions from casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who gave $4 million total in an effort to defeat Amendment 2.

Updated reports for “People United for Medical Marijuana” the pro-amendment political committee, are pending on the Division of Elections website as of Friday afternoon.

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.