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Medical marijuana amendment supporters raise $143K


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The News Service of Florida reports: A political committee backing the legalization of medical marijuana in Florida raised $143,366 during the first three weeks of June while spending nearly that much, according to newly filed campaign finance reports.

The committee, known as “People United for Medical Marijuana,” had raised an overall total of about $3.45 million and received about $1.9 million in loans as of June 20.

Much of the overall total went toward collecting enough petition signatures to get a medical-marijuana constitutional amendment on the November ballot.

Political committees faced a Friday deadline for filing campaign-finance information from June 1 through June 20. People United for Medical Marijuana reported spending $123,188 during that period.

Meantime, an opposing political committee, known as the “Drug Free Florida Committee,” raised $25,150 during the three-week period. That committee had raised an overall total of $2.74 million as of June 20.

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