Responding to recent polls showing support for the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida waning, supporters for Amendment 2 remain confident in victory.
“We knew when Adelson wrote that second check it would hurt our numbers,” said Elias Egozi, a South Florida organizer with United for Care.
The Adelson Egozi speaks of is casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, 81, who is pouring millions into the “Vote No on 2” campaign. Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation, is sponsoring ads claiming Amendment 2 protects “drug dealers” as “care givers.” This media blitz has resulted in declining support for Amendment 2, according to polls conducted in the Tampa Bay area.
Egozi, however, dismissed those polls, saying underground momentum is building and a ground game is underway.
“We have a lot of closet supporters,” Egozi.
To amend Florida’s Constitution, voters must grant a 60 percent or higher approval. Egozi said United for Care’s internal polling is placing support for Amendment 2, “in the high 60s.”
If approved, Florida would become the first state in the South to legalize medical marijuana. Egozi said the ads put forth by Adelson’s group are “irresponsible” and demonstrate a “lack of faith” in the government’s ability to regulate marijuana through the department of health.