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John Morgan, Vote No on 2’s Jessica Spencer dispute each other’s facts on medical marijuana

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Face to face, medical marijuana champion John Morgan and Vote No on 2 Policy Director Jessica Spencer did not agree even on the basic facts behind each other’s arguments. In a debate televised on WESH 2 TV in Orlando over Florida Amendment 2, the medical marijuana issue on November’s ballot, Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who chairs United For Care, and Spencer spent much of their time disputing each other’s most fundamental arguments as false. The amendment would allow for doctors to…

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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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Al Hoffman gives $25,000 to Drug-Free Florida

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“Drug-Free Florida” received a financial boost from a former ambassador in August. Campaign finance records show the group received $25,000 from Al Hoffman between Aug. 27 and Sept. 2. The contribution was the only one “Drug-Free Florida” reported receiving during the one-week reporting period. Hoffman, the former chair of the WCI Communities and a past ambassador to Portugal, was among the top backers of the opposition campaign in 2014, giving it $25,000 in June of that year. “Drug-Free Florida” ran…

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Vote No On 2 unveils new website, advertisements opposing medical pot initiative

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Vote No On 2 has a new look. The group, which is leading the charge against the 2016 medical marijuana amendment, unveiled its new website Tuesday. The revamped site puts a greater focus on video, and uses videos and photos to explain the group’s position. Vote No on 2 led the charge against a similar constitutional amendment in 2014. That proposal received 58 percent support, just shy of the 60 percent needed to become law. Drug-Free Florida, the fundraising committee…

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On revamped website, ‘Vote No on 2’ campaign embraces power of video

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I admit I’m a political junkie; after all, I run a website called Florida Politics. What I love about politics and these final months of the campaign season is you can always see new and innovative ways folks are trying to communicate with voters. Facebook realized the power of video storytelling when it saw the huge success of YouTube, so in typical Facebook fashion they figured out a way to capture it for themselves by allowing you to upload video content…

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Vote No on 2 web ad warns of ‘budtenders,’ urges voters to reject medicinal pot

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The campaign to convince voters to reject Amendment 2, the medical marijuana measure on November’s general election ballot, released the fourth in a series of online video advertisements Monday. In announcing the ad, Vote No on 2, the campaign sponsored by Drug-Free Florida Committee, said the ad is “setting the record straight on what Amendment 2 really means for Floridians.” Titled “Budtender,” the ad says dispensers of medical marijuana in Florida would have no medical education or training of any kind. “This…

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Mel Sembler donates $500K to Vote No on 2 campaign in May

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Drug-Free Florida raised more than $500,000 in May, almost all of which came from a single donor. State records show the committee raised $500,085 in the one-month fundraising period. Mel Sembler, a prominent St. Petersburg fundraiser, donated $500,000 in May. In April, Sembler announced he planned to raise once again money to defeat the state’s medical marijuana initiative. At the time, Sembler told the Tampa Bay Times he planned to raise at least $10 million to help defeat the amendment.…

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