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Published On: Mon, Oct 3rd, 2016

Judge Kenneth Bell, State Sen Jack Latvala say Amendment 2 protects ‘pot candy’ and is a ‘dangerous precedent’

During a press conference former Florida Supreme Court Justice Kenneth B. Bell and State Sen. Jack Latvala (R-St. Petersburg) urged Floridians to vote no on the scam that is Amendment 2. Justice Bell and Sen. Latvala pointed out the major legal problems and loopholes that accompany enshrining this amendment in Florida’s constitution.

“If Amendment 2 passes and becomes part of our state’s constitution, the people of Florida will forfeit their ability to legislatively improve the law and to address the inevitable unintended consequences,” said Justice Bell, former Florida Supreme Court Justice. “If still a judge, I would be forced to make my decision based on the plain text of the amendment. If the marijuana industry files suit against a community ban on ‘pot shops,’ I would have to rule in favor of the marijuana industry because Amendment 2 doesn’t include a local option. Likewise, if the legislature wants to ban ‘pot candy’ because too many kids are being rushed to the ER, I would have to rule that ban unconstitutional because Amendment 2 specifically protects ‘pot candy.’”

Medical marijuana Image/Video Screen Shot

Medical marijuana
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“Amendment 2 is still filled with problems and loopholes,” said Sen. Latvala (R-St. Petersburg). “The idea that the Florida Legislature will write rules that aren’t specifically spelled out and delineated in this constitutional amendment in order regulate it is simply not true. Passing Amendment 2 sets a dangerous precedent for our state, one that cannot be easily fixed.”

“We are honored to have the support of Sen. Latvala (R-St. Petersburg) and Justice Bell in our fight to defeat Amendment 2,” said Christina Johnson, spokesperson for the VOTE NO on 2 campaign. “They join Florida sheriffs, business and religious organizations who agree that this amendment should not be in our constitution. It would tie the hands of local governments and legislators; proliferate the use of marijuana in Florida; and allow as many as 2,000 pot shops run by budtenders, not pharmacists, to operate in our state.”

Justice Bell and Sen. Latvala join the Florida Chamber of Commerce and the Florida Farm Bureau, the Florida Baptist Convention, the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Florida Medical Association, and others against the legalization of marijuana. To learn more about what these strong voices had to say about Amendment 2 click here.

The VOTE NO on 2 Campaign’s sole purpose is to expose the Amendment 2 scam.  For more information on the VOTE NO on 2 Campaign, please visit http://www.VoteNo2.org.

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