Sheriff, group speak out against medical marijuana

TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd didn't hold back.

"It's a fraud folks and anybody that thinks it's anything other than that is smoking marijuana," he said.

As president of the Florida Sheriff's Association, Judd teamed up with other groups to create "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot." It's a coalition that says passage of medical marijuana in the state will increase crime and cause a list of other problems.

"Let's look at Colorado. In 2001, they legalized marijuana and in the first three years, their violent crimes increased by 13 percent."

A small concentration of medical marijuana in the form of oil was voted in by the legislature this past session. This group doesn't oppose that measure, but they hope Floridians will vote down Amendment 2 in November which legalizes more strains of the drug allowing more people to qualify for it and more businesses can sell it.

"I mean there's always a risk, but at the same time, look at how much it's going to help instead of how much it's going to hurt," said Curstin Bufford.

"Personally I would not recommend it," said George Scott.

People in favor of medical marijuana becoming legal in Florida are already preparing for it. Dozens of businesses who seem to want to sell the drug are popping up.

"If we had no more or no less pot dispensaries than Orange County, California, there would be 50 in our [Polk] county alone," Judd said.

Karen Bailey also spoke at the press conference. She says marijuana played a role in her son's death by overdose.

"It is out of love for our children, for those like my son, that we need to say no," she said.

Amendment 2 can be found online. "Don't Let Florida Go To Pot" members recommend you take a look at it before voting.


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