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Pot Polls, Debates on the Rise

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

The number of polls and debates over Amendment 2 are growing as Florida’s vote on medical marijuana nears.

The debates playing out across the state are much like one in Brevard County Monday. There, Sheriff Wayne Ivey and the executive director of the Florida Cannabis Action Network Jodi James, argued opposing viewpoints during a forum on Amendment 2, according to Florida Today

James argued that the amendment would allow Florida residents to obtain treatment that may be more effective and less toxic than traditional medicine. Ivey said that there are dangerous legal loopholes in the amendment that would allow 13-year-olds to get access to marijuana.

Out-of-state advocates also are visiting the Sunshine State. Major Neill Franklin, a retired Maryland police officer and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), spoke to the Broward Republican Executive Committee on Monday about why Amendment 2 should be passed, according to the Broward New Times.

And the latest poll, recently commissioned by United for Care, the main organization advocating for the passage of Amendment 2, shows strong and steady support for the measure, according to the Miami Herald.

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