PRESS: United for Care to Sheriff Grady Judd: Stop Lying About Amendment 2

United for Care, the main organization advocating for the approval of Florida Amendment 2 allowing for the medical use of marijuana in the State, is calling for Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd to stop lying to the public about this proposed measure.

“Sheriff Grady Judd is clearly entitled to hold and express his opinions on Amendment 2,” said Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care. “What he his not entitled to is his own version of the facts. Some of the statements that Sheriff Judd has made are not simply opinion or political spin, but outright lies.”

In spite of the overwhelming evidence disproving his contentions, Sheriff Grady Judd insists on repeating the same factually inaccurate talking points. He repeatedly insists that Amendment 2 is about the complete legalization of marijuana, and that it would allow for cannabis use for virtually any condition.

Here are the lies - and the facts:

LIE: “Amendment Two is about legalization of marijuana. This is not about the medical use of marijuana, it’s about legalization of marijuana.” - Grady Judd, Friday, June 13, 2014. 
(http://news.wfsu.org/post/am-2-opponents-scream-fire-supporters-try-clear-smoke)

FACT: Amendment 2 is about the medical use of cannabis. PERIOD.
Judd has either not read the text of the proposed amendment, or ignores it to perpetuate his cynical lies about Amendment 2. In no reality does the Amendment address any topic related to the legalization of marijuana for non-medical purposes.

In fact, the text of Amendment 2 clearly states:

(1) Nothing in this section shall affect laws relating to non-medical use, possession, production or sale of marijuana.
(2) Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.

LIE: “Judd opposes language allowing the use of medical marijuana for ‘other conditions’ in addition to a debilitating medical condition.” - Reported by the Associated Press, June 10, 2014. 
(http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/06/10/4169928/florida-sheriffs-lobby-against.html)

FACT: Amendment 2 is ONLY for debilitating diseases and conditions.
Judd disregards the clear ruling on this issue by the Florida Supreme Court. If passed by the voters, the interpretation of the Court would stand alongside the Amendment in defining the scope of the law.

The majority opinion of the Florida Supreme Court stated that, “voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain ‘debilitating’ medical conditions.” In addition, the majority ruled that, “The interpretation of the amendment that ‘the intent is to allow [marijuana] use of a serious medical condition or disease,’ rather than for any medical condition...is a reasonable one that is supported by accepted principles of constitutional interpretation.”

“Campaigns should be spirited debates in the public forum,” said Pollara. “I can’t fault anyone for trying to spin their side’s position during the course of a campaign, but some of what Judd has been saying isn’t spin: it’s simply lying. These are not opinions open to argument and interpretation, these are facts that he is ignoring. It is an insult to the Florida electorate that he continues to lie to our collective face; and it is a travesty of journalism that these falsehoods continue to be reported and reprinted.”

Powered by over 10,000 volunteers, United for Care is the largest organization in Florida urging voters to vote "yes" on Amendment 2. United for care is a non-partisan campaign with an on-the-ground presence in 18 communities across the state including campaign offices in Miami, Tampa and Orlando.

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For more information or to schedule an interview with Ben Pollara, please call Maurizio Passariello at (786) 629-5732 or email him at press@unitedforcare.org.

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