With yesterday’s article in this space, “Sheldon Adelson ups the ante in opposing medical marijuana bill in Florida” this Examiner highlighted the most recent large donations by the multi-billionaire casino gambling mogul, to the opposition of Florida’s medical cannabis law up for vote on November 4th. Today we can get more proof that Adelson’s $4 million bet seems to be paying off for now.
According to the “Survey USA” poll, as reported by Washington Times.com, support has been on the decline for the last four weeks, dropping from 56% in favor to 53%, to 52% and this week down to 51%. Undecided voters will be the crucial deciding voter’s block, currently at 15%. The expected Party-line split is at 2-to-1 with twice as many Democrats in favor of medical marijuana as Republicans. The age split is obvious as well with 62% of young voters in favor compared with only 34% of senior voters in favor of medical marijuana.
Amendment 2 is a constitutional amendment and must pass by a super-majority of 60%. If United For Care (UFC), is to achieve victory after getting the measure on the ballot by collecting enough signatures by the deadline, they must examine the forces against this measure and take timely action to remedy the problems.
Competing against Sheldon Adelson’s relentless, bottomless pit form of political contributing, will certainly be an uphill battle for chairman of UFC, millionaire John Morgan. And while Morgan’s pockets are deep, only 7 other people in the world compete with Adelson’s pockets as 8th richest person in the world. Enough said. Television ads are the most effective campaign tool, they are very expensive, and the more television minutes Adelson can pay for, the better off the “No” vote side will be.
Voter turnout will be essential for the “Yes” people in support of medical marijuana to have a victory. The age difference is crucial in voter turnout, as young voters traditionally have a history of low turn-out, especially in id-term elections. With the hopes of passage surely squarely on their shoulders, young voters need to become pro-active citizens and use the social media to get the word of truth out on Amendment 2 but also to get out the vote. Every friend of a friend and neighbor of a friend should be encouraged to get out and vote.
Oddly enough, but not surprisingly, senior voters, known for their reliable turnout, are negative on medical marijuana. The one group of voters who can benefit most from legal access to safe, natural, pure government regulated medical cannabis, when they need it most, as they enter their Golden Years, and they are against Amendment 2 in large numbers. This seems to come mostly from the conservative “Old School” thought that marijuana is a dangerous narcotic that causes its users to become addicts and then rape, murder and have inter-racial sexual relations. This point-of-view is the result of close to a century of political badmouthing and blatant lying for racially biased political viewpoints and policies about almost everything cannabis related. These voters are closed to all scientific data on the benefits of medical cannabis, because no matter what anyone tells them, regardless of the medical research source, just for the fact that the old trusted FDA, the respected DEA or even the highly unpopular, socialist, Democratic President Barack Obama are all against marijuana in all forms. That says it all for the generation of post World War II. With the mentality, “If it ain’t good enough for the Feds, whom we hate by the way, we cannot support legislation which would result in pushers on the street corners and in our school cafeterias.”
This is a shame. The same people who make that choice may experience unnecessary suffering in their declining years. Once again proponents of Amendment 2 must get out the truth anyway they can that will touch as many senior and “Undecided” voters.
These final weeks are crucial for the passage of Amendment 2. Supporters of the constitutional amendment are simply stated, for legal access to medical cannabis in the State of Florida for qualified patients who scientific data has shown, can benefit from this relatively safe, naturally pure medicine produced by local growers and regulated by the Florida Department of Health.
This initiative will pass in Florida, whether it is this election cycle or two years down the road. The electorate is changing and based on current trends, it will only be a matter of time. To all you seniors out there, why postpone it and possibly deny yourselves the safe natural medicinal cannabis you deserve when you will need it most? That’s a decision you’ll have to live with for at least another two full years if you cast your vote against medical cannabis in Florida on November 4th.
Sources: Washington Times.com “Medical marijuana takes a hit in Florida” 10-08-14
yeahstub.com “Sheldon Adelson ups the ante in opposing medical marijuana bill in Florida” 10-08-14