FLORIDA - A group fighting a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana spent nearly $1.3 million in late September --- almost all of it on advertising-related costs, according to a newly filed finance report.
The "Drug Free Florida Committee" had raised an overall total of $4,738,302 and spent $4,268,889 as of Oct. 3. From Sept. 27 to Oct. 3, it spent $1,287,224, with all but about $16,000 of that amount described as going to "media placement" or "advertising,'' the report shows.
The committee has been bolstered by contributions from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who has contributed $4 million to try to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment. Updated figures for a pro-amendment political committee known as "People United for Medical Marijuana" had not been posted on the state Division of Elections website Friday afternoon.
News Service of Florida/Oct. 10, 2014
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Drug-Free Florida Committee Raises $4,738,302 To Fight Marijuana Legalization