Amendment 2 Affects All Floridian Consumers and Property Owners

 

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Carrie O’Rourke, the Florida Realtors Association’s Vice President of Public Policy, recently sat down with us to discuss Amendment 2, its impact on Florida’s consumers and their property, and how to get involved in educating other voters.

“It impacts every Floridian. Not only from a consumer side, but it keeps that stability and that security in the business place so that small businesses can plan and they know what their property taxes are going to be year over year,” said O’Rourke.

 

Vote Yes on Amendment 2

Amendment 2 prevents excessive property taxes and ensures that Florida remains an affordable place to live, work and do business. To learn more about the amendment and how it affects Floridians, check out the Florida Chamber’s Constitutional Amendment Guide or visit Everyone is for 2 here.

 

New Florida Chamber of Commerce Statewide Poll Shows Presidential Race Too Close to Call in Florida

 

Rubio/Murphy Locked in a Tight Race; Amendments Would Pass if Election Were Today

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (September 26, 2016) – As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump make final preparations for their first presidential debate tonight, the latest Florida Chamber Political Institute (FCPI) statewide poll shows the presidential race too close to call. Florida remains a tossup state between Clinton and Trump.

“Floridians don’t like either candidate at the top of the ticket, therefore it’s important that both candidates work to connect with voters tonight when they will have the nation’s attention during the presidential debate,” said MARIAN JOHNSON, Senior Vice President of Political Operations. “Presidential debates offer candidates an opportunity to make solid gains and to improve their outcome at the ballot box. I believe Floridians will be watching the candidates closely to learn more about them, and to help determine which way they will vote.”

In addition to their dislike of Clinton and Trump, Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are locked in a tight race, while political parties and billboard trial lawyers continue to be disliked by voters.

 

Politicians, Parties, and Plaintiff Trial Lawyers are Mostly Disliked:

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Key Facts About Florida Voters:

  • Jobs and the economy remain the number one concern among Florida voters at 19 percent, followed by education and schools at 12 percent.
  • Florida voters are more optimistic that Florida is moving in the right direction – 44 percent right direction and 36 percent wrong direction.

 

Head-to-Head Matchups:

Presidential Election:
While Hillary Clinton leads Donald Trump 45 percent to 42 percent in the head-to-head General Election matchup, the Florida Chamber Political Institute statewide poll shows Clinton’s lead shrinks when third party candidates are added to the mix. Clinton leads Trump 43 percent to 41 percent with Libertarian Gary Johnson pulling 8 percent of the vote.

 

Presidential Ticket:

  • Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine 43%
  • Donald Trump/Mike Pence 41%
  • Gary Johnson/Bill Weld 8%
  • Someone Else 2%
  • Undecided 5%
  • Refused 1%

 

South Florida Problem:

  • Trump continues to struggle in South Florida, trailing nearly 20 points in each media market.
    • In a head-to-head race, Clinton leads Trump 56 percent to 25 percent in Miami, while in a three-way race including Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 56 percent to 31 percent for Trump and 3 percent for Gary Johnson.
    • In a head-to-head race, Clinton leads Trump 53 percent to 32 percent in West Palm Beach, while in a three-way race including Gary Johnson, Clinton leads 52 percent to 34 percent for Trump and 5 percent for Johnson.

 

Demographics:

  • Hillary Clinton is helped with her commanding lead among Hispanic voters.
    • In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among Hispanic voters 53 percent to 30 percent.
    • In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Clinton leads among Hispanic voters 49 percent to 30 percent for Trump and 12 percent for Johnson.
  • Hilary Clinton has an impressive lead among African American voters.
    • In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among African American voters 89 percent to 4 percent.
    • In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Clinton leads among African American voters 88 percent to 4 percent for Trump and 1 percent for Johnson.
  • Donald Trump has a strong lead among White voters and it does not move much when adding a third party
    • In a head-to-head race with Clinton, Trump leads among White voters 51 percent to 35 percent.
    • In a three-way race including Gary Johnson the Libertarian, Trump leads among White voters 51 percent to 34 percent for Clinton and 8 percent for Johnson.
  • A gender gap still exists – Trump leads among men and Clinton is dominating among women
    • In a head-to-head race with Clinton, Trump leads among men 47 percent to 42 percent, and in a three-way race he leads with men 45 percent to 41 percent to 9 percent for Gary Johnson.
    • In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among women 47 percent to 37 percent, and in a three-way race, Clinton leads with women 46 percent to 38 percent to 7 percent for Johnson.
  • Clinton and Trump each do equally well with their bases
    • Clinton earns the support of 78 percent of Democrats in a head-to-head with Trump and 76 percent of Democrats in a three-way contest with Gary Johnson.
    • Trump earns the support of 76 percent of Republicans in a head-to-head with Clinton and 76 percent of the vote in a three-way contest with Gary Johnson.
  • Clinton leads Trump among voters from minor parties or who are unaffiliated
    • In a head-to-head race with Trump, Clinton leads among other parties 47 percent to 38 percent.
    • Clinton increases her lead slightly among other parties 45 percent to 35 percent over Trump, with Gary Johnson receiving 9 percent among voters from minor parties or who have no party affiliation.

 

U.S. Senate:
Marco Rubio and Patrick Murphy are locked in a race that will be tight until Election Day.

  • Marco Rubio 46%
  • Patrick Murphy 42%
  • Undecided 11%
  • Refused 1%

 

Demographics:

  • Marco Rubio continues to lead Patrick Murphy as he has in every FCPI poll – a credit to his strength among demographic groups.
    • Rubio leads Murphy 46 percent to 43 percent among Hispanic voters
    • Murphy leads Rubio 79 percent to 11 percent among African American voters
    • Rubio leads Murphy 53 percent to 35 percent among White voters
    • Rubio leads Murphy with men and barely trails him among women
      • Rubio leads Murphy 49 percent to 41 percent among men.
      • Murphy only leads Rubio by 2 points among women, 44 percent to 42 percent.
    • Rubio’s lead among votes from other parties mirrors his lead in the general election (4 percent). Rubio leads Murphy 42 percent to 38 percent among voters from minor parties or who have no party affiliation.

 

Amendment 1:

If the election were held today, it appears more than 65 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 1 which protects the rights of electricity consumers regarding solar energy choice.

  • Yes 66%
  • No 16%

 

“The Florida Chamber supports the solar energy policies in Amendment 1 and it appears Florida voters do too,” said MARK WILSON, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

Amendment 2:

If the election were held today, it appears more than 70 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 2 which permits the use of marijuana for debilitating medical conditions.

  • Yes 73%
  • No 22%

 

Amendment 3:

If the election were held today, it appears more than 85 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 3 which provides a tax exemption for totally and permanently disabled first responders.

  • Yes 85%
  • No 7%

 

Amendment 5:

If the election were held today, it appears 80 percent of voters would support the passage of Amendment 5 which provides a homestead tax exemption for certain senior low income, long term residents.

  • Yes 80%
  • No 9%

 

 

ABOUT THIS POLL:
The Florida Chamber of Commerce political poll was conducted on September 15-20, 2016 by Cherry Communications during live telephone interviews of likely voters, and has a margin of error of +/-4 percent. The sample size included 263 Democrats, 250 Republicans and 104 Others for a total of 617 respondents statewide. The samples for the polls conducted by the Florida Chamber are consistently drawn from likely voters and newly registered voters, meaning those voters who have the propensity and past performance of voting in elections, rather than simply including registered voters.  Voters are again screened for likelihood of voting.

 

 

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Trial Lawyers Want Drugs in Florida

LEARN MORE About Protecting Florida’s Constitution.

Over the years, the Florida Chamber has championed several reforms to Florida’s constitutional initiative process.  One such reform, approved by 78 percent of Florida voters, requires an independent financial analysis of each amendment on the ballot so that voters will know the types of impacts proposed amendments will have.  By the way, we predicted special interests would one day try to put drugs in Florida’s Constitution. You can see that 2006 TV commercial here:

 

 

Florida Wins!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Edie Ousley, 850-521-1231 or 850-251-6261
eousley@flchamber.com

 Florida Voters Put Jobs & Education First & Believe Florida Is On The Right Track

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (November 4, 2014) – Florida wins at the ballot box on Election Day by putting Florida’s private sector job creation and positive education reforms ahead of the Washington, D.C.-style gridlock, absence of leadership and policy failures, the Florida Chamber announced today.

“Voters saw a clear distinction between Washington’s mismanagement and the positive movement Florida is making with Governor Rick Scott’s focus on private sector job creation and education reforms, and voted to put Florida first,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “Voters are smart, and they voted to send a clear message to keep Florida moving in the right direction.”

Voter approval that Florida is on the right track is also a green light for elected leaders to work in a bipartisan fashion to tackle other big issues important to securing Florida’s future:

  • Water & Energy – Preparing now to meet Florida’s growing population demands with a consistent and coherent energy policy and a plan to provide 28 percent more water by 2030.
  • Healthcare – Producing smarter outcomes and bending the cost curve in healthcare.
  • Transportation & Infrastructure – Investing to meet future population needs while improving and expanding major trade and freight corridors.
  • Environment – Working with lawmakers to implement Amendment 1 in a manner that doesn’t take away investments in education, economic development, healthcare and other priority areas.
  • Education – Continuing to reform at all levels of Florida’s education system to help diversify our economy, create job opportunities for future generations and meet the needs of Florida’s businesses.
  • Government Pensions – Modernizing public pensions to create fiscally stable state and local governments.
  • Economic Development – Continuing to focus on growing the private sector while diversifying Florida’s economy.

 

“The Florida Chamber congratulates Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam for their victories tonight,” said Marian Johnson, Senior Vice President of Political Operations for the Florida Chamber.

 

GET OUT THE VOTE WAS THE KEY:

“Voter turnout was the key to helping job creators win their respective races,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “The Florida Chamber’s employer to employee get out the vote program FloridaWins.org was the most aggressive GOTV program in the Florida Chamber’s history. FloridaWins.org made a difference, and I’m grateful to all the employers who made it all possible.”

 

REELECTION OF FLORIDA CHAMBER-BACKED GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT:

“The Florida Chamber congratulates Governor Rick Scott on his reelection, and we look forward to working with Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature to accelerate private sector job growth through even more economic development,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

VOTERS AGREE WITH THE FLORIDA CHAMBER, SAY NO TO AMENDMENT 2:

“Legalizing drugs is not the type of business Florida needs. It’s bad for employers and bad for Florida’s brand. The Florida Chamber thanks Mel and Betty Sembler for their vision and courage to stand up against the deep pockets of billboard trial lawyers, and commends former Governor Jeb Bush, Attorney General Pam Bondi, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and other leaders for helping defeat this bad idea,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

PASSAGE OF AMENDMENT 1:

“The Florida Chamber has long-supported efforts to protect Florida’s natural resources and scenic beauty, including the Florida Forever program and Preservation 2000. While we opposed putting a 20-year spending mandate in Florida’s Constitution, we congratulate the passage of Amendment 1. We look forward to working with the Florida Legislature on a bipartisan strategy to secure Florida’s future while also ensuring it does not compromise investments in education, healthcare and economic development,” said David Hart, Executive Vice President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.

 

FLORIDA CHAMBER POLITICAL OPERATION RESULTS:

During the 2014 election cycle, the Florida Chamber and its Political Operation team:

Endorsed Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, CFO Jeff Atwater and Agriculture Commissioner Putnam,

We engaged in 29 primary election races and 62 general election candidates for House and Senate,

  • Invested $7 million in voter education programs, including a TV advertisement,
  • Defeated three trial lawyer candidates for the House of Representatives,
  • Launched the game changing employer to employee www.FloridaWins.org,
  • Engaged in digital and social media get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts,
  • Conducted automated phone GOTV calls,
  • Conducted routine political polling, and more.

A complete listing of 2014 General Election Results, including Florida Chamber-endorsed candidates for Governor, Cabinet, House and Senate are available at www.FloridaChamber.com.

 

 

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Amendment 2 is a Trick – Not a Treat

Readers beware – you’re in for a scare! Amendment 2’s language is a trick to voters and may allow for the widespread legalization of marijuana.

Local newspapers are warning their readers of the many problems with Amendment 2. Here’s what some of them had to say.

  • The Florida Times Union “overly vague amendment”
  • Orlando Sentinel “potentially littered with loopholes”
  • Tampa Bay Times “too broad”
  • Tampa Tribune “too many risks”
  • Panama City News Herald “will cause more problems than it solves”
  • Daytona Beach News-Journal “giant, open-ended loophole”

Florida voters are smart. They know that a NO vote will help ensure Floridians don’t get tricked.

On November 4, vote NO on 2.

 

Paid political advertisement paid for by Florida Chamber of Commerce PAC, Post Office Box 11309, Tallahassee, Florida 32302 independently of any committee.

 

 

 

 

Non-Euphoric Marijuana vs. Amendment 2: Clarity for the Dazed and Confused

Authored by: Jim Spratt, Florida Nursery Growers and Landscapers Association

During the 2014 session, Florida joined 23 other states in the legalization of cannabis for medical use by passing SB 1030. Although it was an aggressive step by the Legislature, the real litmus test for Florida will be determined in November, as voters cast their ballots on Amendment 2 to Florida’s Constitution. Below, we have outlined the differences between SB 1030 and the proposed Amendment 2.

 

SB 1030

Amendment 2

What forms of cannabis are allowed? non- euphoric, non-smokable cannabis products must not be edible (such as foods or candies) and under no circumstances does the law allow the sale of any smokable form of cannabis. Amendment 2 allows ingested, smokable and edible forms of cannabis products so long as such is prescribed by a medical doctor.
Which conditions qualify for cannabis use? Patients diagnosed with Cancer or physical medical conditions that chronically produce symptoms of seizures or severe and persistent muscle spasms Cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes the medical use of marijuana will likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient. Additionally, it creates a “pot for any purpose” scenario in which a recommendation, not a doctor’s prescription, can be used to treat fatigue, neck/back aches, menstrual cramps and sleepless nights – far from debilitating medical conditions.
Who can produce and dispense cannabis?  SB 1030 created five geographic regions and directed one dispensary be licensed in each region. Under the law, the Dispensing Organization must demonstrate the ability to cultivate, process, produce and distribute cannabis; demonstrate businesses financial stability; have the ability to secure infrastructure; and, must be a nursery which has operated in Florida for at least 30 continuous years and be licensed to produce at least 400,000 nursery plants. Amendment 2 allows a business to “acquire, cultivate, possess, process (including development of related products such as food, tinctures, aerosols, oils, or ointments), transfer, transport, sale, distribute, dispense, or administer marijuana, products containing marijuana, related supplies, or educational materials” to qualifying patients or their personal caregivers. 

While Amendment 2 prescribes the Florida Department of Health as the regulatory agency, the Amendment sets no parameters on what types of businesses can be licensed to grow cannabis and the locations of the dispensaries.

Is there a limit to the varieties grown? The law limits cannabis varieties to those with 0.8 percent or less THC content (the euphoric component) and 10 percent cannabidiol (the medicinal component) by weight. Most commonly, people refer to Charlotte’s Web as the variety which meets these parameters, yet other varieties similar in percentage THC and cannabidiol are currently available. Security requirements and quality control of the products are also not specifically addressed under Amendment 2.

 

 

While there are differences between SB 1030 and Amendment 2, cannabis is illegal to cultivate, process or sale under federal law. The U.S. House of Representatives has demonstrated some interest in wrestling with the illegal status of medical marijuana. In fact, legislation was recently introduced to exempt cannabis plants with very low THC percentages from the Federal Controlled Substances Act. The U.S. House also passed a bill to allow banks to handle cash transactions from dispensaries and other marijuana businesses in legalized states. The Farm Bill now allows industrial hemp to be grown for academic or research purposes. And, the U.S. House passed a bill to block funds for Drug Enforcement Agency raids on marijuana dispensaries that are legal under state laws. However, the U.S. Senate has yet to act on any of these House-passed measures.

To protect Florida’s constitution from special interests trying to buy a place in it in order to force their ideas onto Floridians, and to protect Floridians from large scale marijuana commercialization and sales, the Florida Chamber opposes Amendment 2.

Learn more about why the Florida Chamber is saying No on Amendment 2 here and help us protect Floridians and our constitution.

Florida Chamber and Gov. Bush Join Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot Coalition

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and former Gov. Jeb Bush recently expressed concerns about Amendment 2 and the problems it could create by allowing large scale marijuana commercialization and sales in Florida, and added their voices to the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” said Gov. Bush. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

The Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition is a collective effort of local and state organizations working together to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana and efforts to allow marijuana for supposed medical uses in Florida.

“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “I find it curious that the largest funder of the push to legalize pot is a personal injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community. Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”

Also joining the coalition are our partners at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association.

National drug policy expert Calvina Fay, Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation, raised another red flag that she says is most concerning. “Our greatest fear is that this will make marijuana much more available to kids and, worse, almost normalize it to them. They’ll see that it is legal and supposedly being used as medicine, so they think it is not big deal,” said Fay.

Learn more about why the Florida Chamber is saying No on Amendment 2 here and help us protect Floridians and our constitution.

Early Voting…Fast, Easy, Convenient

The Florida Chamber of Commerce encourages you to vote in the upcoming primary election. Early voting has already begun in several counties, and for many other counties, early voting begins tomorrow, Saturday, August 16. Early voting offers you more flexibility in your schedule and often takes less time, as the lines are usually shorter than on Election Day (Tuesday, August 26).

To help keep Florida moving in the right direction, the Florida Chamber has endorsed candidates for Governor, Cabinet and the Florida Legislature that will help create opportunities for families and small businesses. Click here to see the Florida Chamber’s pro-jobs, pro-business candidate endorsements.

To find out where early voting locations are in your county, visit FloridaWins.Org, click on “Get Involved” and review the information under No. 2 (Vote). This web page will give you the information you need to contact your local Supervisor of Elections, including a phone number, website and address. Simply call or visit your Supervisor of Elections website to learn about early voting locations in your area. Different counties may have different early voting dates and times, so be sure to check with the Supervisor of Election in your county.

 

Did you know, that you may also vote by mailing in an Absentee Ballot? Absentee voting refers to voting on a ballot received by mail or picked up by or for a person who is unable, cannot or simply does not want to go to the polls to vote during early voting or on Election Day. Under Florida law, any qualified voter can request an absentee ballot for any reason. Simply request an Absentee Ballot by phone, mail, or online at your county’s Supervisor of Elections office. But hurry, the deadline to request an Absentee Ballot is Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

Thank you for taking the time to vote in the upcoming elections!

 

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Jeb Bush: ‘I Strongly Urge’ Floridians to Vote Against Medical Marijuana

Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief
Jeb Bush is adding his influential voice to the medical marijuana debate in Florida, saying the ballot initiative could harm Florida’s reputation.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said in a statement. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

Bush joined the the Florida Chamber, Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association in the coalition fighting the initiative.

“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce.  “I find it curious that the largest funder of this push to legalize pot is a personal injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community.  Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”

Wilson also raised concerns that growers, transporters, sellers, doctors, patients and caregivers involved in the transfer and administration of potent marijuana products will be given complete civil and criminal immunity under the amendment.  “That,” he said, “is a huge red flag for Amendment 2.”

Sen. Marco Rubio also says he opposes the medical marijuana voters will decide in November, but Rubio said he supports the use of noneuphoric strains.

Jeb Bush, Big Guns Oppose Medical Marijuana Proposal

BY: KEVIN DERBY

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association announced on Thursday they opposed Amendment 2, a proposed state Constitution amendment expanding medical marijuana in the Sunshine State.

Bush said on Thursday Amendment 2 would hurt efforts to lure tourists to Florida.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” said Bush. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

Mark Wilson, the president and CEO of the Florida Chamber, took aim at trial lawyer John Morgan who has been the point man behind efforts to get Amendment 2 on the ballot.

“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Wilson. “I find it curious that the largest funder of this push to legalize pot is a personal-injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community. Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”

Wilson noted the proposed amendment offered immunity to many participants involved in raising, using, selling and transporting medical marijuana, calling it a “red flag.”

Jeb Bush: ‘I Strongly Urge’ Floridians to Vote Against Medical Marijuana

By Alex Leary, Times Washington Bureau Chief

Jeb Bush is adding his influential voice to the medical marijuana debate in Florida, saying the ballot initiative could harm Florida’s reputation.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” Bush said in a statement. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

Bush joined the the Florida Chamber, Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association in the coalition fighting the initiative.

“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “I find it curious that the largest funder of this push to legalize pot is a personal injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community. Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”

Wilson also raised concerns that growers, transporters, sellers, doctors, patients and caregivers involved in the transfer and administration of potent marijuana products will be given complete civil and criminal immunity under the amendment. “That,” he said, “is a huge red flag for Amendment 2.”

Sen. Marco Rubio also says he opposes the medical marijuana voters will decide in November, but Rubio said he supports the use of noneuphoric strains.

Florida Chamber & Gov. Bush Join ‘Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot’ Coalition

The Florida Chamber of Commerce and former Gov. Jeb Bush today expressed concerns about Amendment 2 and the problems it could create by allowing large scale marijuana commercialization and sales in Florida, and added their voices to the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.

“Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism and a desirable place to raise a family or retire,” said Gov. Bush. “Allowing large-scale, marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November.”

Flyer_FL Chamber Joins Dont Let FL Go to Pot Coalition The Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition is a collective effort of local and state organizations working together to educate Floridians on the dangers of marijuana and efforts to allow marijuana for supposed medical uses in Florida.“Normally we focus on creating jobs, improving education and making Florida more competitive, but this is the type of business Florida can do without,” said Mark Wilson, President and CEO of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. “I find it curious that the largest funder of the push to legalize pot is a personal injury trial lawyer firm, yet such measures are overwhelmingly opposed by Florida’s medical and law enforcement community. Florida voters are smart and when the facts are on the table, I believe they will say no to drugs in Florida.”

 

Also joining the coalition are our partners at the Associated Builders and Contractors of Florida and the Florida Trucking Association.

National drug policy expert Calvina Fay, Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation, raised another red flag that she says is most concerning. “Our greatest fear is that this will make marijuana much more available to kids and, worse, almost normalize it to them. They’ll see that it is legal and supposedly being used as medicine, so they think it is no big deal,” said Fay.

 

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