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Did Crist sign nation's harshest marijuana laws?

radio ad attacking former Gov. Charlie Crist accuses him of signing the nation’s "harshest marijuana laws." And it’s aimed at a voting bloc that overwhelmingly sides with Democrats: African-Americans.

"While Crist was coddling the gun lobby, he was cracking down on us," says the ad from Progressive Choice Florida, a 501(c)4 group that’s been attacking Crist from the left. " Passing maximum sentencing laws. Signing the nation’s harshest marijuana laws. And enacting the country’s strictest penalties against non-violent offenders – many of whom just happen to be black."

We wanted to know if Crist had signed "the nation’s harshest marijuana laws." That claim caught our attention because one of Crist’s chief backers is attorney John Morgan, who’s been bankrolling a campaign urging a constitutional amendment to allow medical marijuana.

Our research showed that Florida is tough on those busted for pot, but that reputation began long before Crist was governor.

Read PolitiFact Florida for the full fact-check.

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ed jenkins

The citizens are thankful for these laws keeping dangerous illegal drugs out of our society where they can harm children and lead to worthless lives for adults but they will not simply give the scumbag crist credit for these laws since any sensible governor would have signed them.

Concerned Dem

"says the ad from Progressive Choice Florida, a 501(c)4 group that’s been attacking Crist from the left"

Just because they have the word "progressive" in their name doesn't necessarily mean they're from the left, can we get some reporting on who this group actually is and who is backing them *sugar*

Bill Thompson

So who is Progressive Florida, the group running the ad?

Well, they're a group that claims to represent progressive voters nationally, though they've only been active in Florida, mostly attacking Crist. (They also sent out a mailer this week claiming that Crist and Rick Scott are "one in the same.") They're also incorporated out of Delaware, and, through campaign finance law loopholes, they'll never have to divulge who their donors are as long as they stop running ads a month before Crist's Democratic primary. They're not voluntarily releasing that information either. They say, in part, because they fear their donors will face retaliations from the mainstream Florida Democratic establishment. That's the story anyway.

Bill Thompson

All these unidentified political action groups are hiding behind the 501(c)4 classification. There should be full transparency disclosing who these groups are and who is funding them. They are supposed to be involved in public policy issues, not interfering in individual political races.

HempStaff

The past is the past. The fact is Crist NOW support Amendment #2 and Scott doesn't.

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Stel1776

ed jenkins:
Dangerous drugs? You must be talking about alcohol which is objectively more harmful than cannabis. "Reefer Madness" was not a documentary. Cannabis is not the evil drug the NIDA and DEA have made it out to be. The fact is cannabis legalization will hurt their bottom line.

Bob Lange

The republicans are getting quite despatare as they attempt to patch up the sinking ship of cannabis prohibition.

BossIlluminati

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

ENLIGHTENMENT...i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old...i hated gays, immigrants, women's rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh's #1 fan....until i smoked marijuana, changed the world....hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women's rights...you don't deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL...

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

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