Florida's Amendment 2 Fails, Dashing Hopes Of Statewide Medical Marijuana
Medical marijuana in Florida was a very popular opinion in the polls, having nearly 90 percent public support. Amendment 2 would have allowed doctors to prescribe cannabis for "debilitating medical conditions," which the bill defined as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease or "other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient." Unfortunately Amendment 2 failed on Tuesday.
A majority of voters approved of Amendment 2, about 57 percent, but state law requires a supermajority of support -- 60 percent or higher -- so the ballot initiative failed to pass.
The measure faced a well-financed opposition campaign primarily funded by billionaire casino mogul and GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson.
Adelson, a millionaire with his hands not only in casinos but big pharma, put $5 million toward the opposition to Amendment 2. His donations accounting for roughly 85 percent of the total funding of the campaign to defeat the measure, according to The Washington Post.
I find this absolutely ridiculous that a vote can be so heavily swayed with money from a man who doesn't even live in the state. I guess this is the American political system at its best..