Pro-Pot Billboards Go Up in Florida

By Valerie Tejeda 03/13/12

Drivers in Pompano Beach may do a double-take today.

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Two huge pro-medical marijuana billboards are being unveiled in Pompano Beach, Florida today, in an attempt to sway voters towards the legalization of MMJ in the Sunshine State. The 48-foot ads—sponsored by a non-profit organization called The Silver Tour—are strategically placed on the city’s busiest roadway, Sample Road. Alongside images of cannabis leaves and a man in a wheelchair, the billboards declare, "Legalize Medical Marijuana/I'm A Patient Not A Criminal." They add, "Prescribed In Israel." Robert Platshorn, founder of The Silver Tour, takes the credit for convincing Lake Worth Representative Jeff Clemens to file Florida’s first bill for medical marijuana in Tallahassee. His organization aims to educate senior voters about pot's medical uses, and runs live shows at reform temples and senior communities, featuring politicians, lawyers, doctors, nurses and patients who support legalization. A recent production at Temple Shaarei Shalom in Boynton Beach grabbed global attention by being streamed live on CNN. Florida is one of 18 states weighing medical marijuana legislation this year.

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Entertainment journalist and author Valerie Tejeda spends her days reporting on books, television, and all things pertaining to pop culture, and spends her nights writing novels for teens. Her stories have appeared on a variety of different publications, including but not limited to: VanityFair, MTV, The Huffington Post, TeenVogue, She Knows, Latina, The Fix, Salon.com, Cosmopolitan, and more. You can find Valerie on Linkedin and Twitter.

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