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Anti-marijuana ad draws parallel between legal weed and date rape

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Florida is currently battling over the issue legal marijuana. In November, voters will have to decide whether or not to allow the sale of medical marijuana in the state. According to the most recent polls, up to 88% of Floridians support the initiative. These numbers have anti-marijuana groups up in arms because they believe that the institution of medical marijuana is the first step down a sinful path that will ultimately allow the recreational use of pot, which, in Colorado, has lead to devastating side effects like brand new schools and hundreds of millions in tax revenue.

Facing an uphill battle of Sisyphean proportions, one group in Florida, "No on Amendment 2," has resorted to age old tactics to rally support for their dumb, misinformed cause. Following in the footsteps of great anti-weed crusaders, the folks at No on 2 have begun playing with the boundaries of the truth in order to make marijuana seem like the public scourge they want it to be. In other words, No on 2 is lying its face off about marijuana.

The group's latest efforts can be seen in the picture above, wherein a young woman has her arm around a young man. The young man has (gasp!) a bag of marijuana cookies in his back pocket. Across this picture is painted the dubious question, "Will the new face of 'date rape' look like a cookie?" Are Florida politicians getting set to okay a substance that will eventually get your daughter raped?! That seems to be the question.

While most normal, functioning human beings might be able to immediately detect the point in this ad where logic begins to break down, let's just take it by the numbers. First, there's the fact that illegal marijuana is already very available in Florida (the Coast Guard just found 900 pounds of it just last week). So, Amendment 2 would likely have little to no impact on how easy it is to get weed in the Sunshine State. Second, there's the fact that alcohol, a legal substance which is also very available, is already considered by some to be the most effective substance when you're a d-bag who's trying to lull a girl into unconsciousness. Where's the anti-booze campaign?

Finally, researchers suggest that the amount of marijuana needed to push someone to overdose-status (aka, the status you'd need to achieve were you hoping to have your way with a passed out victim), is about 20,000 times more pot than you'd find in an average joint. You know how many beers it takes to get to that same level of inebriation? I’m not certain, but it seems that the alcohol-related experiments are much easier to perform than the weed-related experiments, (and they're being performed in frat houses across the country!).

The ad from No on 2 is just one facet of an escalating marijuana marketing battle taking place in Florida. We'll know how effective the campaigns were in November.

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