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PolitiFact: Testing Marijuana Claims

Cherie Diez
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

This November, Florida voters will have a say on a constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana.  In the meantime, truths, half-truths, and outright falsehoods have been swirling around in the news, according to the Tampa Bay Times (paywall alert). 

PolitiFact and  PunditFact have been tackling the claims, pointing out what’s true and what isn’t. Among the claims they look at:

  • It makes people violent killers (no evidence for that).
  • It’s more potent than it used to be (true).
  • It’s not addictive (for a small minority of users, it  may be).
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