Is This The New Date Rape Drug? We Doubt It

A "grassroots campaign" opposing a potential medical marijuana bill in Florida is now making erroneous claims about pot and "date rape."

The debate in Florida on Amendment 2, a bill set to legalize medical marijuana, is heating up.

One group, who goes by the name No On 2, has recently approached the debate from an interesting angle: claiming medical marijuana cookies may be the future of "date rape."

While there are certainly legitimate claims to be made about repercussions from the legalization medical marijuana, the "date rape" angle isn't likely to get traction anytime soon.

"Right now, as we know, you can get pot anywhere, on the corners, kids get pot," Dr. Jorge Bordenave, a cardiologist at South Miami's Larkin Community Hospital, said. "There has been no incidents of date rape with the pot [young people] are smoking currently. So what they are saying is trying to scare the people; trying to lie to the people."

For many who support legalization, the advertisement was so absurd they saw it as a victory for the pro-medical marijuana crowd. Others, like one person on No On 2's Facebook page, just couldn't get over their audacity.

"Say NO so my 17 year old daughter can continue to suffer from intractable epilepsy with absolutely no relief in sight," Sherrie Waltz said. "No quality of life. Nothing. Here's hoping you or yours never have to suffer through watching your child slowly die from a disease that can be cured by a plant with absolutely NO mind altering properties. No reason whatsoever to vote against this drug. It's been proven to help cancer patients, AIDS patients, epilepsy, etc, etc. But by all means keep drinking and killing your livers, smoking and killing your lungs."

Over at News.Mic, health writer Erin Brodwin gorged No On 2's ad campaign in two simple paragraphs.

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