Medical marijuana amendment opponents raise $2.6 million in May

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On one of the busiest news days to date in the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, opponents of Amendment 2 have posted a head-turning fundraising report.

The Vote No on 2 campaign, organized as Drug Free Florida, raised $2.6 million during the month of May. The organization had previously raised $100,000 in March, but did not raise any money in April.

Much of DFF’s haul comes via megadonor Sheldon Adelson, who ponied up$2.5 million. Adelson is among the most prolific donors in the country to Republican and conservative candidates and causes.

Also contribution highlights:

•    $100,000 Contribution by Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust
•    $10,000 Contribution by Neal Communities of Southwest Florida, LLC
•    $5,000 Contribution by Malcom K. Beyer Jr.
•    $1,000 Contribution by State Senator Jack Latvala

“We already know that this will be an expensive campaign given proponents of legalization have said they will spend whatever it takes,” said campaign spokesperson Sarah Bascom. “Unfortunately, by their standards, whatever it takes means getting a loophole-ridden Amendment on the ballot and cleverly fooling voters into believing that pot will only be available to those with a ‘debilitating illness,’ when it is written so broadly that it will really mean pot for any purpose if it passes.”  

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