Email Insights: Debate, not mudslinging, should be the heart of medical marijuana issue

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The Vote No on 2 campaign, in the latest email to supporters, continues building momentum over several “loopholes” in the constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

They are now claiming that supporters of Amendment 2, instead of addressing legitimate concerns over the permissive language of the measure, have resulted to “name-calling and mudslinging.”

Sarah Bascom, who represents Vote No on 2 Campaign, called out proponents for “using arbitrary arguments” and tactics rather than discussing facts and answering the real questions about Amendment 2.

Of course, it is clear to the Vote No people why they are not getting any substantive answers — because fans of medical cannabis are only looking to legalize pot for everyone, and the movement is only “masquerading” as a “medicinal solution to serious illnesses.”

They simply do not have any truthful explanation of the loopholes, Bascom says, while the supporters of Amendment 2 have “enjoyed months of benefiting from media curiosity and intrigue.”

It is a fair assessment.

Regardless of who is behind the No on 2 campaigns — the main criticism coming from supporters is that there are discredited “anti-drug” individuals running the show — without providing voters a fundamental, honest debate over the details of Amendment 2, the truth could get lost in the shuffle.

Lack of real discussion among opposing advocates will result in a public backlash even more harmful to the overall cause.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.