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Jeb Bush Comes Out Against Florida’s Medical Marijuana Initiative

Former Governor Jeb Bush came out strongly against a Florida ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in that state if it passes in November. The potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate made his stance on the issue known in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times this week.


The full statement reads:

“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. 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.”

According to one of the ballot measure’s sponsors, the initiative would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana to patients, but it would “not authorize violations of federal law or any non-medical use, possession or production of marijuana.”

[Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Gage Skidmore]

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