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Updated: 07/24/2014 09:18:08AM

Give us marijuana facts without scare tactics

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The Florida Sheriff’s Association’s aggressive campaign to defeat a constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana for medical purposes is a mixture of common-sense advice and old-fashioned scare-mongering. We got a dose of both when FSA President Grady Judd and Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell spoke to the Sun editorial board last week.

Judd spoke via conference call from Polk County, where he has served as sheriff since 2004. His main message was that the referendum language is so poorly written that it would create loopholes “big enough to sail a battleship through.” He said polling showing broad support for medical marijuana is flawed and that people he speaks to change their minds when he explains that the amendment would essentially “legalize marijuana,” not just make it legal for medical purposes.

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