Florida Amendment 2 has paired two men who have had run ins with the law – John B. Morgan, from Morgan and Morgan, and Robert Platshorn, a marijuana smuggler and leader of South Florida’s notorious “Black Tuna” gang.
According to Miami’s NBC News Channel 6 reporter Donna Rapado former drug smuggler Platshorn is leading “The Silver Tour” for medical marijuana. According to Rapado, “In the late 1970s, Robert Platshorn was a marijuana smuggler and leader of South Florida’s notorious ‘Black Tuna‘ gang.” The Black Tuna Gang is the name given to Robert Platshorn and Robert Meinster by the media and anti-drug agencies in Miami in the 1970s. They were responsible for bringing in a reported 500 tons of marijuana into the United States over the course of sixteen months.
Amendment 2 is not about using marijuana for medical purposes. Rather it is written to allow for the recreational use of pot in the Sunshine state. Something that Platshorn knows a lot about as a former marijuana smuggler.
In a Tallahassee Democrat op-ed Rachael O’Bryan writes:
I live in Denver, where marijuana dispensaries outnumber pharmacies, liquor stores, McDonald’s and Starbucks. When I walk and drive the streets of this beautiful Rocky Mountain city, I often encounter the smell of marijuana smoke. Marijuana users are not allowed to smoke openly and publicly, but a bench in the front yard is considered private property, allowing the smell to pollute the clean mountain air.
The problems in Colorado began 14 years ago with the passage of Amendment 20, legalizing medical marijuana. Abuse and fraud flourished under its provisions, because medical marijuana became easily available for recreational use.
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Like Colorado’s Amendment 20, Florida’s Amendment 2 allows “medical marijuana treatment centers” to develop edibles. These food products have been developed intentionally to allow discreet consumption of marijuana in public places, at schools and in the workplace, and to introduce the product to a larger — younger — consumer base.
Brownies are passé. In Colorado, marijuana is sold in soda, salty snacks such as nuts, granola bars, breakfast cereals, cookies, rice cereal treats, cooking oil and even salad dressing. Some companies buy commercially available children’s candies such as Swedish fish, Sour Patch Kids, lollipops or lemon drops, and infuse them with marijuana; others make chocolate bars, Tootsie rolls and truffles.
So now in Colorado, parents who once taught their children not to take candy from a stranger must tell their children not to take candy from a friend, because it could very well contain marijuana. Our emergency rooms report a striking increase in children who have unintentionally ingested marijuana edibles and require medical treatment.
Here is the latest video ad featuring John (for the reefer) Morgan released by VoteNoOn2:
Ana Cruz, former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party, said, “I wish that it didn’t take medical marijuana on the ballot to motivate our young voters. But listen, we’ll take it any way we can get it.”
Ben Pollara, a Democratic fundraiser and campaign manager for the United for Care group, stated, “We want to be able to have our stereotypical, lazy pothead voters to be able to vote from their couch.”
As American essayist and novelist Charles Dudley Warner wrote, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” In this case marijuana makes strange bedfellows.