There’s a public service television commercial where two officials yell insults at each other and a little girl restores order by noting that somebody needs a timeout. A Florida version of the spot could be made starring Vote No on2’s Sarah Bascom and United for Care’s Ben Pollara.
The two combatants in the medicinal marijuana just can’t seem to stop insulting each other while Floridians decide whether to remove a prohibition on marijuana for medicinal purposes; authorizing doctors to use it to treat patients with debilitating illnesses.
Vote No’s latest television commercial, scheduled to be broadcast across the state, informs voters that “doctors, sheriffs and Florida newspapers are saying the same thing, ‘Vote No on 2.’
The spot then highlights points from various newspaper op-ed pieces opposed to the proposal. It calls attention to a caregiver loophole it says “could protect drug dealers.”
“Florida newspapers, doctors and sheriffs across the state, well as seven former Florida Supreme Court Justices, have all warned about the potential negative impacts if Amendment 2 passes,” said Sarah Bascom for the Vote No on 2 campaign. “And with the Election Day right around the corner, we will continue to push out the facts so that all Floridians are informed on the true intentions behind Amendment 2,” concluded Bascom.
Ben Pollara of the United for Care campaign responded that he has law enforcement, doctors and newspapers on his side too.
“The fact remains that many of the state’s largest papers have endorsed Amendment 2, a majority of the actual Florida Supreme Court placed medical marijuana on the ballot and addressed many of the supposed loopholes and a broad majority of actual doctors (not Tallahassee political organizations) support medical marijuana,” responded Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care.
Bascom and Pollara have been sniping at each other for weeks, with both in their own clever wordsmith ways accusing the other of running a dishonest campaign.
The news release announcing the new commercial implies the opposition is in possession of facts that have enabled it to discern Amendment 2’s “true intentions,” which thereby raises questions about the sitting Supreme Court Justices, as well as law enforcement, doctors and Florida newspapers that support the proposal.
Pollara responds with a direct reference to Bascom and that he is “naïve this late in the campaign in being surprised by the dishonesty of those opposing compassion in Florida.”
There’s five days to go. In the meantime if Bascom and Pollara happen to show up at the same place at the same time, don’t get between them.