(Miami Beach, FL) – Today, the No on 2 campaign put out another misleading attack ad that dishonestly compares Amendment 2’s version of a medical marijuana law to that of the (now-decades old) California law.
In the ad opponents to amendment 2 stated, “only 3% of medical marijuana users had conditions like cancer or aids”, this data is collected from only nine medical marijuana specialty practices during three months in 2006.
- Not only is this a very small sample size that is a decade old, but the authors themselves state the goal of the study is to provide “some interesting insights into the characteristics.” Furthermore, according to the Florida Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, by April 2017 of the potential 440,552 medical marijuana patients, 56.2% will be cancer patients. There were 98,650 people living with AIDS/HIV in the state of Florida in 2012 according to AidsVu. Then, in 2015, Florida reported to have the highest number of new HIV diagnosis in the nation.
The No on 2 people make a crude comparison of medical marijuana treatment facilities to fast food restaurants and convenient stores.
- First, they should be making comparisons to family practices, VA offices, walk-in clinics, pharmacies and maybe even veterinarians’ offices. Secondly, they are implying that Mothers like Anneliesa Clark, whose daughter, Christy, suffers from a seizure disorder should have to drive hours to obtain medical marijuana. Scott Calhoun is a 100% military service connected, permanently disabled US ARMY veteran. Scott should not have to drive from Fort Pierce to Miami to obtain medical marijuana for his PTSD.
The third point to scare Florida's voters that No on 2 people make is drug dealers will be running store fronts in Florida like California.
- Since California passed their loose medical marijuana law in 1996, 23 other states and DC have all passed medical marijuana laws and none of them look like California. There is a multi-step process written into the amendment which will ensure that Florida will not look like California. The rules regarding the dispensation of medical marijuana would be formed by the department of health and the legislature, as well as local control.
Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager at United for Care, stated, "In reality, the comparison is detached from reality. Florida's amendment 2 would be one of the strictest in the nation, and medical marijuana would only be provided to seriously debilitated patients when recommended by an actual physician. California has no such provision. In this 60 second ad these people are devaluing HIV/AIDS patients, telling patients who qualify, who likely cannot drive, they should have to travel great distances to obtain their medicine, and outright lying in their attempt to compare Florida's amendment 2 to Californias medical marijuana program."