Catholic bishops have “concerns” about medical marijuana ballot proposal

Bishops have concerns about medical marijuana initiative
Bishops have concerns about medical marijuana initiative

With polls showing Florida’s medical marijuana ballot measure likely to win voter approval in November, the state’s Catholic bishops are tapping the brakes.

The Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday didn’t say they were opposing the initiative, on the ballot as Amendment 2.

But they have “concerns.”

“At first glance, the proposed amendment appeals to a sense of empathy and implies safe and limited use by the infirm,” the bishops wrote. “However, closer inspection reveals that the framework established by Amendment 2 is problematic.”

The bishops cited four areas where the proposal has problems. They said it has a potential for fraud and abuse; opens the door to risks from edible marijuana products; there’s no assurance of quality and consistency with the medical pot sold; and could provide greater access to marijuana for kids.

 

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