The Florida anti-medical marijuana group called “No on 2” has made a lot of noise about the supposed dangers of legalizing medical weed in Florida. Some of its claims include that weed leads to gay sex and AIDS, weed has more cancer-causing compounds than cigarettes, weed causes more accidents and ER visits, and weed dispensaries will be the new pill mills.
But the latest argument is a bizarre mix of ignorance and bewilderment, soaked in offense. It’s weird enough to be from the The Onion. No on 2’s latest claim: that Amendment 2 will lead to people being able to sell pot cookies, which would be the new date-rape drug. Setting aside the colossal obtuseness of the claim for a minute, it’s important to remember what is behind No on 2. Money. Big, big money.
Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson got things rolling for the anti-medical weed movement with an initial $2.5 million donation. Republican fundraiser Mel Sembler is also backing the group financially.
Then there’s the Florida Sheriff’s Association, which reportedly makes big money and stands to make more as long as marijuana remains illegal.
More over at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.