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Florida Dems give medical marijuana proponents fundraising boost

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The committee backing the medical marijuana constitutional amendment raised more than $200,000 in the first week of October, helped in part by a donation from the Florida Democratic Party. State records show People United for Medical Marijuana, the fundraising committee behind the medical marijuana amendment, raised $201,450 between Oct. 1 and Oct. 7. Records show the committee received $50,000 from the Florida Democratic Party on Oct. 7. The donation marks the third time this year the state party donated to…

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Florida police chiefs oppose medical marijuana amendment

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Florida police chiefs want voters to vote “No on 2.” The Florida Police Chiefs Association called on Florida voters to just say no to the 2016 medical marijuana constitutional amendment. The statewide organization joins several other law enforcement organizations and officials, including the Florida Sheriff’s Association, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, and Palm Beach Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, in opposing the constitutional amendment. “The Florida Police Chiefs Association strongly opposes any and all proposals that would legalize or decriminalize the sale, possession…

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Medical marijuana backers raise more than $1M in one week

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The committee backing the 2016 medical marijuana initiative received one of its largest donations to date, boosting its coffers at a critical time in the campaign. State records show People United for Medical Marijuana, the fundraising committee behind the ballot initiative, raised more than $1.07 million between Sept. 24 and Sept. 30. The committee received $1 million from New Approach PAC, a pro-medical marijuana group. The committee is tied to the family of Peter Lewis, the former head of Progressive…

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Drug Free Florida releases second TV ad in medical marijuana opposition campaign

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The group opposed to the medical marijuana ballot initiative is out with a new advertisement, this time focusing on the idea that medical pot will be marketed to kids. Drug Free Florida released its second TV ad Monday. The advertisement, called “Pot Candy,” is meant to inform Floridians about the impact of medical marijuana. The 30-second spot will air in each of Florida’s media markets, and also will air on Spanish-language television and radio. “With Amendment 2, this is what…

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Pro-medical marijuana group set to launch first TV ad

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The United for Care campaign is hitting the airwaves. The group behind the medical marijuana ballot initiative recently filmed its first advertisement and is expected to release it this week. The 30-second spot features a Miami Beach doctor talking about the benefits of Amendment 2. “My patients are fighting cancer, epilepsy, and other diseases. Right now, to ease those patients’ pain and suffering, physicians prescribe opiates and other dangerous narcotics that have significant risk,” said Dr. Jeff Kamlet, a practicing…

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New ad from Drug Free Florida says marijuana ‘is not medicine’

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Drug Free Florida is out with a new TV ad questioning the assertion that medical marijuana is medicine. The 30-second spot, according to the Vote No on 2 campaign, is meant to compare a prescription drug with marijuana. According to the campaign, Marinol, a prescription drug, has the same benefits as marijuana but is “regulated by the FDA and prescribed by a doctor.” “This is not medicine, not regulated by the FDA, not prescribed by a doctor. But Amendment 2…

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Direct mail round up: Drug Free Florida mailers encourage Floridians ‘Vote No on 2’

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The campaign against Florida’s medical marijuana initiative is heating up. Mailers from Drug Free Florida, the committee leading the charge against the 2016 medical marijuana initiative, are expected to hit mailboxes across the state today. The direct mail pieces are meant to encourage Floridians to “Vote No on 2” come November. Drug Free Florida is hoping to repeat the success it had in 2014, when a proposed constitutional amendment didn’t receive the necessary support to become law. The 2014 amendment…

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