Email insights: Marijuana opponents take the cake (or pot cookie)

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Cookies and date rape – two concepts that supporters say just might be a new low in the debate over medical marijuana in Florida.

The latest one, says the newest email from Ben Pollara of United for Care, goes a step too far: “Will the new face of date rape look like a cookie?”

“Vote No on 2” recently posted a Facebook ad showing a man and a woman hugging, and an arrow pointing to a pot cookie in the man’s pocket.

“I absolutely thought it was fake,” state Sen. Jeff Clemens, a medical marijuana supporter, told WLOX 13. “I thought it was a joke.”

“These people should be ashamed of themselves for this outrageous, offensive statement,” says Pollara. “This uninformed quip is not only a slight to the real plight of sick people – it diminishes the very real trauma and pain suffered by actual rape victims.”

Marijuana cookies do not cause rape, he adds, but “sick psychopaths” bring about rape.

Pollara notes FBI and state data showing states that have legalized medical marijuana experience a decrease in homicide and assault.

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