"We wholeheartedly agree with the Florida cities and counties that have chosen to pass a moratorium or zoning restriction on pot shops," said Sarah Bascom, spokesperson for the Vote No on 2 Campaign. "A proliferation of pot shops in Florida is a major concern and a very real possibility under Amendment 2. The reality is, no matter how many opponents or columnists want to call this a scare tactic, they cannot provide an answer or assurances that this will not be â€˜Pill Mills 2.0â€™ in Florida. The truth is scary, which is why the only way to avoid these scenarios is to vote no on Amendment 2."
As reported in the News Service of Florida, a lobbyist for the Florida Medical Cannabis Association said when discussing where â€œMarijuana dispensariesâ€ should be located in communities: "Why should they not be allowed to open as if they were any other drug store in the jurisdiction? They're dispensing a medicine and certainly a medicine much less dangerous than every pharmacy carries. I'm not following the logic of this."
This simple quote shows the attitude of the pot industry â€“ they do not believe there should be regulations limiting their businesses, and like California, Floridaâ€™s cities and counties will be in for years of costly litigation with this powerful and well-heeled industry.
"While I agree with the concerns that cities and counties have about the possibility of pot shops on every corner; from a legal standpoint, their moratoriums or zoning restrictions will be attacked in lawsuits if Amendment 2 passes," said Susan Kelsey, volunteer lawyer for the Vote No on 2 Campaign and constitutional attorney with the Kelsey Appellate Law Firm. "If Amendment 2 passes, it will have constitutional status, which will supersede state law and local moratoriums. So while the action of cities and counties makes a statement, the only sure way to stop pot shops from popping up on every corner in Florida is to vote no on Amendment 2.â€
As a point of reference, the Florida Department of Health has estimated that there would be 1,789 pot shops â€“ more pot shops than all the Starbucks, McDonalds and Wal-Marts in Florida combined. This is not exactly a â€œlimited and regulatedâ€ proposition.
The Vote No on 2 Campaign is a grassroots campaign, bringing the truth about Amendment 2 to the voters of Florida. Its coalition includes members of law enforcement, business leaders, constitutional law attorneys, doctors and other medical professionals, parents and Floridians from all walks of life. Amendment 2 is simply a guise to legalize pot smoking in Florida and the goal of this campaign is to point out the loopholes and explain why this amendment is bad for Florida.