“Vote No on 2” campaign launched with debut of website and video

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Today a coalition of law enforcement, business leaders, constitutional law attorneys, doctors, other medical professionals, and parents launched the Vote No on 2 campaign to defeat “the pot smoking ballot initiative, Amendment 2, euphemistically called ‘medical marijuana.’ ”

The campaign unveiled its new website – www.VoteNo2.org — that features a video and important information that unmasks Amendment 2 for what it is – a cleverly veiled attempt to legalize marijuana in Florida for anyone and for any reason.

“I’m a Board Certified Family Practitioner and I can say with absolute confidence that I will not be recommending pot smoking for any of my patients – in fact, I don’t know of a single credible doctor who will. The only doctors who will participate in this pot smoking scheme will be the same types that embarrassed us and put Floridians’ lives at risk with the Pill Mill fiasco,” said Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos, a Brevard County Board Certified Family Practitioner and President of the Brevard County Medical Society

Sheriff Grady Judd and former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth Bell appear in the video that debuts on the campaign’s website, along with other experts and community activists. The video details four enormous loopholes that critics argue will make Amendment 2 nothing less than full-scale legalization of pot.

“Amendment 2 has a loophole big enough to float a battleship through that allows anyone, at any age, for any condition to get pot with a physician’s recommendation – not a prescription, ” said Sheriff Grady Judd, President of the Florida Sheriffs Association. “With no age restrictions, even your teenagers will have the ability to get marijuana without parental knowledge. These loopholes would allow anyone in Florida to obtain marijuana for virtually any purpose – not just medicinal – and would make it nearly impossible for law enforcement or health officials to hold accountable drug users, dealers, growers, and unethical, pill-mill type doctors.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.