Local Republicans to hear opposing view on marijuana amendment
Dr. Jessica Spencer
Published: July 17, 2014
LARGO — The public is invited to the next meeting of the Republican Club of Greater Largo to hear the “Vote No on 2” campaign against the medical marijuana Florida constitutional amendment. Dr. Jessica Spencer, statewide coalition director of the Vote No on 2, will be the guest speaker at the Monday meeting. She represents the organization that argues that the amendment would allow unrestricted sale and use of marijuana by anyone, including minors, in a virtually unregulated setting like the one that followed a medical marijuana measure in California. Dr. Spencer is a 16-year veteran in the substance abuse prevention and intervention field. She recently took a leave of absence from the Substance Abuse Coalition in Manatee County, where she was project director to work on Vote No On 2 campaign. The Florida Sheriffs Association has been one of most prominent organizations to come out strongly in opposition to the medical marijuana initiative
Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri fears that legalizing medical marijuana would create a gateway drug that will lead to other drugs like opiates, oxycodone, oxycontin and cocaine. “My greatest concern is for the kids,” he recently said. His view is also shared by the Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, President of the Florida Sheriff’s Association who recently stated, “...as written Amendment 2 has a loophole big enough to sail a battleship through.” The Republican Club’s dinner-meeting will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the presentation at 7 on July 21. The meeting will be held at Alfano’s Restaurant, located at 1702 Clearwater Largo Rd. in Clearwater.