Florida Democrats give $200,000 to pro-pot push

Cannabis at a dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post

Cannabis at a dispensary in Oakland, Calif. Photo by Jeff Ostrowski/The Palm Beach Post

In a measure of just how quickly medical marijuana has gone mainstream, the Florida Democratic Party has given $200,000 to People United for Medical Marijuana, the group pushing for passage of Amendment 2.

The Dems in 2014 officially supported Amendment 2, but this month’s contribution represents the party’s first financial support, said Ben Pollara, campaign manager for People United. The party wrote checks in late September and early October, according to state records.

Opponents of Amendment 2 include the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Florida Police Chiefs Association. Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a noted supporter of GOP candidates and causes, has spent $1.5 million to fight Amendment 2 this year.

The move to broaden Florida’s state-regulated cannabis industry enjoys widespread support from the state’s Democrats. Orlando attorney John Morgan, the biggest financial backer of Amendment 2, is a donor to Democrats.

And Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, a co-sponsor of the bill that created the state’s Charlotte’s Web industry, says Florida could become a leader in medical marijuana.

“Why can’t we have a Research Triangle devoted just to this?” Edwards asked Monday.

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