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Family Trust Kicks In $800K To Fight Pot Amendment

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

Preparing to again try to defeat a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, the Drug Free Florida Committee received an $800,000 contribution this month from the Carol Jenkins Barnett Family Trust, a newly filed financial disclosure shows.

Carol Jenkins Barnett is the daughter of Publix Super Markets founder George Jenkins. The trust also contributed $540,000 in 2014 to the Drug Free Florida Committee, which led successful efforts that year to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would have broadly legalized medical marijuana. T

he group United for Care, which also is known as People United for Medical Marijuana, backed the 2014 initiative and has placed a similar measure on the November 2016 ballot. That group has been heavily funded by Orlando attorney John Morgan. T

he Drug Free Florida Committee had about $1.67 million in cash on hand as of July 15, the new finance report shows.