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Sniping Intensifies on Marijuana

The emotions over medical marijuana appear more animated when the debate moves to a college campus, TheTampa Tribune reports.

Several hundred people at the University of Tampa Tuesday booed and jeered medical marijuana opponents Eric Voth, a physician with the Institute on Global Drug Policy, and Kevin Sabet, director of the University of Florida’s Drug Policy Institute.

Voth and Sabet said November's constitutional amendment over medical marijuana is a front for recreational legalization of the drug, The Tribune said. 

The audience of mostly students cheered the proposal’s top sponsor, trial lawyer John Morgan and Allen St. Pierre of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Morgan argued that oxycodone, regularly prescribed by doctors for pain, was dangerous and highly addictive, yet not illegal, The Tribune reports. 

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