Jeb Bush opposes Fla. pot ballot measure

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) on Thursday came out against a ballot measure that would allow medical marijuana use in the state. 

Bush, a potential candidate for president in 2016, said the November ballot initiative runs counter to Florida's mission. 

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"Florida leaders and citizens have worked for years to make the Sunshine State a world-class location to start or run a business, a family-friendly destination for tourism, and a desirable place to raise a family or retire," Bush said in a statement, according to the Tampa Bay Times

"Allowing large-scale marijuana operations to take root across Florida, under the guise of using it for medicinal purposes, runs counter to all of these efforts. I believe it is the right of states to decide this issue, and I strongly urge Floridians to vote against Amendment 2 this November."

Twenty-three states allow some form of medical marijuana use, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. It is supported by huge swaths of the public. 

A Quinnipiac poll last month found 88 percent of Florida voters support medical marijuana, while 10 percent oppose it. Nationally, polls have shown a majority of the public support broad legalization of the drug. 

The Florida legislature passed a more limited medical marijuana measure this year that allowed a "non euphoric strain" of the drug to be used to treat some ailments. 

However, the ballot measure would go further. 

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (R), another potential candidate for president, supported the legislation. However, he also opposes the ballot measure, according to the newspaper.

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