United for Care celebrates successful “Day of Compassion” for Amendment 2

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On Saturday, United for Care celebrated its Day of Compassion, an outreach program where volunteers statewide spread the word about the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Claiming the effort to be an “extraordinary success,” United for Care used over one hundred supporters, working from 14 locations across the state, and made more than 7,000 calls to registered voters to urge them to vote “Yes” on Amendment 2 on November’s ballot.

Helpers in the Day of Compassion included 66 first-time volunteers, which United for Care called the model of “grassroots enthusiasm and momentum generated by the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida.”

In the past week, United for Care contacted nearly 13,000 registered voters.

“As I travel the state and speak with patients, families, doctors, volunteers and voters, it’s clear that support for Amendment 2 is growing,” said executive director Ben Pollara, “But our efforts to educate voters aren’t limited to one day. Our volunteers and supporters are hard at work every day between now and Election Day.”

With more than 10,000 volunteers, United for Care, a nonpartisan campaign with an on-the-ground presence in 18 communities and offices in Miami, Tampa and Orlando, has now become the largest organization in Florida advocating for Amendment 2.

Both Pollara and Untied for Care still face a significant challenge, in explaining to Florida voters on why it is appropriate to change the state constitution and sell the public on the benefits of legalizing marijuana, even as more than 80 percent say they support the proposal. Amendment 2 will require at least 60 percent voter approval in November to pass.

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.