Press Release: Florida Times-Union, Ft. Myers News Press Endorse Amendment 2; Both Were Opposed in 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 
CONTACT: BIANCA GARZA 
EMAIL: PRESS@UNITEDFORCARE.ORG 

Third newspaper to change endorsement from 2014

(Miami Beach, FL) -- This weekend the editorial boards of two major Florida daily newspapers - the Florida Times-Union and the Ft. Myers News-Press - urged their readers to vote "yes" on Amendment 2. Both papers' editorial boards had opposed Amendment 2 in 2014.

The Times-Union's editorial is titled, "An improved medical marijuana amendment deserves support." They say the 2016 amendment is "better crafted" and cite the unanimous decision from the Florida Supreme Court as proof. They also note the amendment "was crafted with the abuses of pill mills in mind so there is an extra step for approval," and it makes "clear that physicians who abuse the law still are liable for current malpractice laws."

The News-Press said they support Amendment 2 to, "help those patients dealing with severe pain brought on by disease and other severe ailments." They note that the definition of who qualifies under the law has been made "more specific" and that "A parent's written consent is required in order for children to use the drug and caregivers must have appropriate background checks."

The Bradenton Herald editorial board declared its support for medical marijuana in February, and was the first newspaper to change its position from 2014. To date, 11 large daily newspapers in Florida have issued endorsements on Amendment 2; 9 of 11 have told readers to vote "yes."

Links to 2016 editorial board endorsements:

Yes in 2016, but opposed in 2014:
Bradenton Herald
Ft Myers News Press
Florida Times Union

Yes in 2014 and 2016:
Miami
Sun Sentinel
Sarasota Herald Tribune
Tallahassee Democrat
Gainesville Sun
Ocala Star Banner


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