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Florida Anti-Pot Ad Connects Edibles to Date Rape


A campaign against medical marijuana in Florida takes things a little too far.

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Things are heating up in Florida as the state prepares to vote on Amendment 2—to legalize medical marijuana—in November. And a new online ad campaign called “Vote No on 2″ is hell-bent on dissuading voters from approving the measure, by claiming it would lead to more stoned teens. They have even posted a photo on Facebook (right) suggesting that the new “face of date rape” could look like a pot cookie. Yikes.

“These are products that are very dangerous,” says Javi Correoso of the campaign. “They are a lot more powerful than smoking a joint and they can lead to various serious situations and circumstances.” He says these “circumstances” could “potentially” include date rape.

It’s an extreme claim, and supporters of the amendment are calling out the campaign for using lies and fear-mongering. “There has been no incidents of date rape with the pot [teens] are smoking currently,” says Dr. Jorge Bordenave of Larkin Community Hospital, who points out that young people have easy access to pot already. “So what they are saying is trying to scare the people; trying to lie to the people.”

The campaign has posted a bunch of other inflammatory ads, warning that “teens will be able to legally purchase the drug without their parents’ consent,” and that “Pot Shops Will be Everywhere.”

Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who is in support of the amendment, says the campaign’s tactics are “really beyond the pale.” But he’s confident voters will “understand that this is medicine that can help people and that it’s not going to lead people to the kind of things that that campaign is alleging.”

Looks like it will be up to Floridians to decide if medical marijuana will help heal people, or lead to a terrifying, crime-ridden dystopia where no man, woman or child is safe. But so far, things are looking pretty bleak for the Vote-No-on-2 folks, since about 88% of the state’s voters are pro-medical marijuana, according to polls. Meanwhile, up in Colorado, anti-pot campaigners have resorted to human-sized rat cages to make their point. Sometimes it’s just so easy to pick a side.