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Jeb Opposes Legalized Pot, Rubio Kinda Supports It

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has taken a hard-line stance against medicinal marijuana here in Florida.

Unlike Senator Marco Rubio, who favors the "
noneuphoric strains" of medical marijuana, and other possible 2016 Republican presidential candidates, who support broader medicinal marijuana use, Bush is strongly urging voters in Florida to defeat the marijuana amendment that is on the ballot this coming November.

 “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,” Bush said in a statement. 


“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.”


In speaking to law enforcement officers on this issue, I found that the overwhelming majority of them do not support the legalization of marijuana.

 

One particular Sheriff deputy in Palm Beach County told me that driving 'buzzed' is the same as driving 'high.'


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