Jimmy Buffett cuts video explaining why he supports Amendments 1 & 2

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Singer and Florida-lifestyle entrepreneur Jimmy Buffett took to YouTube today to explain why he supports both Amendment 1, the Environmental Land Conservation proposal, and Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana.

Buffett, best known for such party songs as “Margaritaville” and “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” is the driving force behind hugely popular Margaritaville line of booze, products and entertainment resorts. He is also friends with John Morgan, the Orlando attorney who spearheaded the push to get Amendment 2 on Tuesday’s ballot.

In the three-minute video, Buffett points out that election time in Florida means “anything could happen.”

In his support of the two amendments, which he calls “interesting and vital propositions,” he says that both could “affect the quality of life in the Sunshine State.”

Amendment 1 preserves the heart of Florida’s existence, he says, giving voters a “direct opportunity to protect our rivers, springs and beaches,” as well sources of drinking water — without raising taxes.

“We all deserve to live in the best Florida possible,” Buffett says. “And it is the treasure we need to preserve for future generations.”

Quoting Carl Hiaasen’s fictional former Florida Governor Clinton Tyree, he adds: “There’s no better place to be than the middle of nowhere.”

Amendment 1 will ensure there is “a lot of nowhere in Florida,” he says.

As for Amendment 2, Buffett cites the 82 percent of supporters who approve of the legalization of medical marijuana.

“It’s good medicine, and I know,” he says, referring to the time he was severely injured walking offstage in Australia. Medical marijuana played a role in his recovery.

“Proposition 1 is good medicine for Florida. Proposition 2 is just good medicine.”

Buffett’s video is now available on YouTube.

 

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.