Anti Marijuana Campaign Asks: Is Pot the New Date-Rape Drug?

We’ve heard some ridiculous accusations against marijuana in the past, but this one must top them all.

Florida is the latest state that may legalize medical marijuana use. The state’s voters will vote on the initiative, called Amendment 2, on November’s election day, and early polling show the bill has overwhelming popular support. So, naturally, there’s a campaign against the proposition, and it’s quite something.

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The anti-legalization group “No on Amendment 2” claims the ballot initiative is part of a plot to legalize all forms of marijuana use, claiming there’s no difference between medicinal and recreational use of the drug. To support their claim, they created the above advertisement that approaches Reefer Madness levels of anti-pot insanity.

The ad apparently insists that marijuana-derived baked goods will soon be used as the latest date rape drug. We could rant for hours on why this assertion makes no sense, but instead, we’ll let science and health writer Erin Brodwin from News.Mic say it for us:

Marijuana is simply not a date rape drug.

Here’s how actual date rape drugs work: Predators slip drugs like ketamines (Special K) or rohypnol (roofies), which typically have no color, smell or taste, into drinks or food when their target isn’t paying attention. The drugs not only make you physically weak but slow down your brain, making you feel confused and sometimes knocking you unconscious, thereby unable to refuse sex.

Marijuana doesn’t work that way. Worse still, misleading ads like these distract people from the fact that a (perfectly legal) drug is the single most commonly used substance to help commit sexual assault — alcohol. While there is some evidence to suggest that people experience impaired judgment while high, weed’s effect on reasoning and reaction time is far less pronounced than alcohol’s. Never mind the women survivors who have actually experienced sexual assault after being drugged with real date rape substances.

While the bill has stunning 88% support, including 80% among Republicans, the state’s GOP governor Jeb Bush is still taking stands against it, despite what the residents of his state want. Despite his outspoken opposition (which the Washington Post points out is likely due to ties with business interests), it seems that it won’t be enough to stop the bill from passing.

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