Backers of Amendment 2 say parents shouldn’t worry about pot-laced candy

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(WFLA) – Widely played television adds show candy with marijuana additives. The adds are from a group opposing Amendment 2 in Florida, which would legalize medical marijuana. The adds describe “pot, packaged like candy.”

Christopher Cano with CFL NORML calls the add a farce. “There is no credible danger or credible threat to cannabis edibles winding up in your kids Halloween candy now, nor ever,” Cano said.

Advocates for Amendment 2 have their own television adds. The adds show a couple whose daughter died of cancer.

For Moriah Barnhart, the adds are reality. She helped found the organization CannaMoms after her own child suffered from a brain tumor.

“I am in no way shape or form concerned that my daughter will be without supervision in any given amount of time to get into locked medicine cabinets of any kind of medicine of hers but especially of cannabis,” Barnhart said.

She says she is more concerned about other drugs that are legally prescribed. “What I am worried about is narcotics that are sold to be like candy, taste like candy, cherry-infused morphine, the kinds of drugs that these children are already prescribed that are made to taste like candy so children will take them are very dangerous and deadly drugs,” Barnhart said.

Opponents of Amendment 2 released a statement Monday in response to questions about candy and pot. The statement reads:

“The VOTE NO on 2 Campaign has embarked on a statewide direct mail, television and radio advertisement campaign, including Hispanic markets. We believe that once Floridians understand that there is nothing medical about marijuana, they will vote no on Amendment 2.”

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