Facts About Marijuana at Republican Forum Countered with Satirical Article

Broward County, FL – Last week, the controversy over Florida’s Amendment 2, which seeks to legalize medical marijuana, came to a boiling point at a meeting of the Broward Republican Executive Committee.

Neill Franklin, a speaker from the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), attended the meeting, to speak in favor of the amendment.

Franklin is a retired major from the Maryland State Police, who spent over 30 years working in narcotics. His own personal experience in the field led him to change his stance on the subject.

According to NBC 6 in Miami, Franklin is “one of the nation’s leading voices on legalizing marijuana,” and while at the GOP meeting, he “cited FBI data from the 22 states that have legalized marijuana, as well as other federal sources.”

In the states that have moved forward with medical cannabis, they have lower overdose death rates for opiate medicines, pills, and heroin. That says something,” Franklin said.

Franklin’s appearance at the meeting did not go over well with the majority in attendance, who were quick to voice this criticism:

Neill Franklin was invited to speak at the Broward Republican Executive Committee meeting, to establish a counter-argument, after Tea Party activists in Fort Lauderdale handed out a document condemning Amendment 2.

The document cited an article from The Daily Currant, a well-known satirical website, which claims that its stories are “purely fictional.”

The article said “37 people were killed” across the state of Colorado on the first day Marijuana was legalized.

It quoted a Dr. Jack Shepard, saying, “By next week the death toll could go as high as 200, maybe 300. Someone needs to step in and stop this madness. My god, why did we legalize marijuana? What were we thinking?

While regular subscribers to The Daily Currant, recognized the satire, and realized that the article was false, the Tea Party Activists in Fort Lauderdale used the information from the article as factual evidence to support their case:

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The handout from Tea Party activists in Fort Lauderdale also contained quotes from Dr. Lawrence Wilson, which claimed that “marijuana is just as addictive as cocaine and heroin, for some people, especially teenagers.”

Wilson’s website says that he received his M.D. degree from the University of Guerrero, Mexico, in 1979, and that instead of a medical residency, he studied under Dr. Paul Eck, a “mineral researcher and founder of Analytical Research Laboratories,” in Phoenix, from 1979 to 1982.

Although Wilson is not a practicing doctor, he does give seminars on “nutritional balancing science” and “hair mineral analysis.

Wilson’s claims regarding medical marijuana, according to the handout, are provided in a copy below:

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The debate on the legalization of Marijuana has grown to be a hot topic, not just in Florida, but all over the United States.

Investigative Journalist Ben Swann took the time to research medical marijuana, the testimonies from those who have used it, and the U.S. government’s involvement with its classification: