Skip to comments.Medical marijuana ballot called 'plan' to help Crist beat Scott
Posted on 01/27/2014 12:46:38 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
TAMPA -- Some Florida Republicans fear, and some Democrats hope, that a November referendum on legalizing medical marijuana in Florida will drive young and liberal voters to the polls, helping Democratic candidates including gubernatorial challenger Charlie Crist.
The initiative, still not certified for the November ballot, is generating charges of political motives from both sides.
Some Republicans call it an expensive ploy by Crist's backers to help him win.
"It is no coincidence that Charlie Crist's law partner and biggest supporter, John Morgan, is financing medical marijuana," said Gainesville-based GOP consultant Alex Patton. "It's a plan."
Some Democrats, meanwhile, say Republicans are trying to keep the measure off the ballot because they fear the voters it would draw to the polls.
In a political forum in Tampa last week, George Sheldon and Perry Thurston -- Democrats running against Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi -- accused Bondi of challenging the initiative in court for that reason.
"You don't want those people to come out to vote," Thurston said.
For all the back and forth, however, experts including Democrats and Republicans, pro- and anti-legalization advocates, say its effect on voter turnout is questionable.
There is evidence that marijuana initiatives increase turnout among young presumably Democratic-leaning voters. But that effect is strongest when the issue on the ballot is legalization rather than medical use as in Florida.
"My gut instinct is that the medical marijuana initiatives do not have the same kind of impact on young voter turnout," said Steve Fox, a veteran of the movement for liberalization of marijuana laws and co-founder of the National Cannabis Industry Association, a new trade group for producers and sellers of legal marijuana.
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bringing in the libtard votes
That wildwood weed Nanny State PING!
They would bring the irresponsible out to vote and all it would cost us would be another trillion of so of debt to support these losers down the line.
Maybe the GOP should start buying votes like the Democrats do. The Democrats give women birth control pills and get the women vote. Give the pot heads a sack of weed and tell them to vote Republican. I am halfway serious.
The "libtards" are winning, "contard".
Since the price of weed in Colorado has gone up 400%... maybe not.
Yep. This downward spiral to Brave New World Utopia might be unstoppable barring a civil war
I hope I live to see that.
This whole marijuana legalization (or de facto legalization) thing is about getting votes for the Dems, either from the young slacker leftists who otherwise would be too lazy to go vote, or from the Libertarians, who might otherwise vote GOP or vote for some candidate of their own.
Yes, can’t you wait till we have people on FL roads texting while stoned. Of course that would probably never happen, right?
Look how quickly Colorado turned it into an entitlement with taxpayers footing the bill by way of EBT cards.
Florida is actually a pretty lousy state to try this in. For most parents going to a pot friendly state puts Disneyworld a notch or two down on the list of places to vacation.
There are parts of the country where the payback is probably even or better on a straight financial basis. Colorado might be one of those states. Florida isn’t.
I don’t often make common cause with the Mouse, but my bet is that he will do what he can to stop it.
Cause you’d have to be high to cast your vote for Charlie Crist.
What a brilliant strategy!
we should write to florida state legislators to make those who use medical marrijuana ineligible to have a fl driver license.
It sure does bring out the dirtbags.
Yes it does.
Decency and moral standards tend to make the Army of Tolerance go bonkers
remember crist was smoked (pun intentional) by rubio because crist was too arrogant about his lead and annointed rino status.
he married a connected democrat (woman as beard?) so he must have known he was going to lose the senate race and was ready to jump ship.
He flipped on everything from marriage, second amendment, homosexuals accessing children via adoption, and even state income tax.
End Prohibition Now
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