Marijuana amendment divides law enforcement

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Ray Strack is making the rounds in Northeast Florida to offer a viewpoint from law enforcement on Amendment 2 which would expand the use of medical marijuana.

"The opposition is you want a free for all. No we don't want that. We want a safe regulated market," said the retired U.S. Customs agent who lives in Fort Lauderdale.

Duval County Sheriff John Rutherford for months has been on the stump telling voters Amendment 2 opens the door abuse.

"When they tell you that this is going to be needed, marijuana for debilitating medical conditions, that is absolutely false," said Sheriff Rutherford in an interview with First Coast News in July.

Strack says the amendment is about compassion and helping people with medical conditions and that crime and abuse should not enter the equation.

"In states with medical marijuana there is no increase in teen or adolescent use, none. This is historical. We have 20 years in over 23 states and there has never been and increase in teen and adolescent use," said Strack who is a member of the LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The group takes issues with the way the drug war is being waged.

Rutherford says the amendment would open doors to abuse.

"What they don't tell you about is the definition of debilitating medical disease turns out to be anything that a doctor want to prescribe it for, anything," said Rutherford.

To amend the constitution 60% of the voters must approve the change and vote "yes." Recently polls in Florida show voters are evenly divided on the issue which if that holds true on election day means the measure would fail.


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