TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With a battle building over a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana, a coalition of opponents held a news conference Wednesday to warn that the measure is worded too broadly.

The coalition, known as “Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot,” argued that the proposed constitutional amendment could be a step toward legalized recreational use of marijuana in the state.

The news conference also included an anti-marijuana activist from Colorado, which allows recreational marijuana use.

“Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Calvina Fay, executive director of the Drug Free America Foundation, which is part of the coalition. “This amendment that we are facing is in fact de facto legalization. It’s not just the legalization of the use of marijuana, and someone smoking pot in their bedroom. It’s a big marijuana industry that will be legalized if it passes.”

Supporters of the proposed constitutional amendment, which will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 2, dispute the opponents’ characterizations. They argue doctors should be able to recommend medical marijuana, if appropriate, in treating patients for diseases such as cancer.

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.


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