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Medical pot advocate upset over booze measures


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The head of the drive to legalize medical pot in Florida is blasting lawmakers for proposing to expand the "sale of hard liquor to grocery stores" while opposing marijuana as medicine.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email Tuesday, taking the Legislature to task for its "warped priorities."

Bills filed in the House and Senate would allow retailers like Wal-Mart, Publix and Sweetbay to sell spirits without a separate liquor store with an outside entrance.

Proponents cite it as helping businesses to cut costs and being more convenient to shoppers.

Neither bill, though, has yet been heard by a committee. The legislative session starts next Tuesday.

"And these are the same people who say that marijuana is too dangerous to be used with a doctor’s recommendation?" Pollara wrote.

"What are they thinking? This failure in leadership is exactly why we had to put this on the ballot ourselves."

Pollara then asks for money, saying he needs "$25,000 or we’re going to face staffing shortages in March."

A ballot question on a medical marijuana amendment to the state constitution will face voters on the Nov. 4 general election ballot.

Pollara also complained, erroneously, about another bill that would legalize "the sale of 128-ounce beer containers – 128 ounces! That’s almost 11 cans of beer in a single container!"

Actually, 128-ounce, or one gallon, growlers – jug like containers used to sell craft beer from the tap – already are legal, as are 32-ounce (quart) containers.

What isn’t legal is the industry standard 64-ounce size, or a half-gallon.

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