In Florida, opponents of marijuana reform have released their first attack ad against Amendment 2, a ballot amendment which would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
In the ad, titled “Search,” a man asks whether they “fixed” any of Amendment 2’s provisions and after doing a cursory Google search of Amendment 2, the man concludes that Amendment 2 is just a “scam” to legalize marijuana.
The ad was produced by the group Vote No On 2, the same organization that opposed Amendment 2 in 2014. Although 58 percent of voters voted for Amendment 2 in 2014, the measure fell two points short of the 60 percent threshold required for ballot amendments.
Despite the failure of Amendment 2, a recent poll by Quinnipiac University shows that 80 percent of voters in Florida support legalizing medical marijuana.
Speaking with Sun Sentinel, Ben Pollara, campaign manager of People United for Medical Marijuana, said that he was not surprised by the ad.
“I have been expecting this from Day One. They spent almost $7 million to defeat us in 2014,” Pollara said. “I cannot imagine the people who spent that kind of money are going to sit back and watch it happen in round two.”
You can view the ad in its entirety below.