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Anti-Medical Marijuana Ad Says Pot Leads to Date Rape

The makers of the ad, VoteNo2, claim that holes in the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana initiative could 'potentially' lead to rape.

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By Paul Gaita

08/15/14

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An online ad from a Florida-based campaign that opposes a medical marijuana initiative suggested that easier access to pot could lead to date rape. The organizers of VoteNo2.org want to strike down the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative 2, which would legalize medical marijuana to qualified patients or personal caregivers if voters approve it on the November ballot.

The group’s latest advertising campaign, launched on their Twitter account, showed an image of a woman and man, arm in arm, with what appears to be a pot cookie poking out of the man’s back pocket. The ad copy reads, “Will the new face of date rape look like a cookie?”

Javi Correoso, a spokesperson for VoteNo2, says that the ad is representative of what could “potentially” happen if marijuana is made legal. “These are products that are very dangerous,” said Correoso. “They are a lot more powerful than smoking a joint, and they can lead to various serious situations and circumstances.”

Response from the pro-legalization movement in Florida focused on refuting the claims made by the site’s campaign. “There has been no incidence of date rape with the pot that [users] are smoking currently,” said Dr. Jorge Bordenave of Larkin Community Hospital and a legal medical marijuana supporter. United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara added, “I think it’s just extraordinarily insensitive to everybody. I was dumbfounded when I saw [it].”

But VoteNo2 organizers appear unmoved by such claims. “Amendment 2…has so many loopholes that it allows marijuana to be used for non-medical reasons, such as pot cookies and pot smoking,” said Correoso. VoteNo2.org is an offshoot of Drug Free Florida, an anti-pot group chaired by Carlton Turner, former drug czar for President Ronald Reagan.

The site previously released an eight-minute ad called 'The Devil is in the Details' which insinuated Amendment 2 would allow individuals to exploit the law and buy pot legally for any claim. But as Pollara noted, “In its wording, the amendment specifically says, ‘Nothing in this section authorizes the use of medical marijuana by anyone other than a qualifying patient.’”

A poll by Quinnipac University in May showed that 88% of Florida voters support the amendment.

Check out 'The Devil is in the Details' here:

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