Florida Medical Marijuana Debate Last Night Drew Passions from Both Sides


Brandon Marshall/Westword.

It was a surprisingly sparse crowd that gathered in the Broward College South campus’ Performing Arts Center on Tuesday to watch United For Care’s Ben Pollara and Drug Free Florida’s Javier Correoso debate Amendment 2 and the legalization of medical marijuana.
Yet, the passions that are being inflamed over this issue were ever present, particularly among the crowd of mostly pro-medical marijuana.

And, as November approaches and the debates resume, it’s becoming abundantly clear that medical marijuana is becoming the issue that’s rousing passings more than any other this election cycle. Even with a thin crowd at Broward’s debate, the fervor over the amendment was tangible.
With voter registration volunteers lining the walkway towards the performing arts center, and an appearance by Broward County Supervisor of Elections Dr. Brenda Snipes, as well as two attorneys that specialize in voting, the afternoon was decidedly about getting young people involved.
But most were here to listen to the debate and express their own opinion. Part of the crowd sat quietly and listened. Others were demonstrative when a point was made for or against the amendment.
Still it wasn’t all people that have already decided where they’ll be casting their vote. One student New Times spoke to named Brenda admitted to being on the fence.
“I know medical marijuana is a good thing for sick people,” she said. “But I wanted to hear more about why the opposition doesn’t want it. What makes it dangerous?”
Our colleagues at the Broward-Palm Beach New Times were there and have the complete coverage.