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Medical marijuana money: Supporters raise $222K, opponents $250


Last week, fundraising for the group opposing medical marijuana slowed, while supporters continued raising money.

But campaign finance disclosures for Sept. 17-23 show that Drug Free Florida, which opposes a constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana, spent another $392,919 placing TV ads.

For its part, pro-Amendment 2 group United for Care has filmed its first ad, which campaign manager Ben Pollara says will start airing next week in Tampa, Miami, West Palm Beach, Orlando and Jacksonville media markets.

With just more than five weeks until the Nov. 8 election, here's where the money race stands between the two groups as of Sept. 23:

United for Care: Raised $222,141 last week ($254,303 since Sept. 1); spent $104,306 last week ($144,780 since Sept. 1).

The Florida Democratic Party contributed $150,000 to United for Care last week. Additionally, the group sent an email to supporters Friday saying it received another $1 million contribution from a pro-medical marijuana group not included in the latest campaign finance data.

Drug Free Florida: Raised $250 last week ($1.03 million since Sept. 1); spent $455,327 last week ($1.84 million since Sept. 1).

The lone donation to Drug Free Florida was $250 from Dr. Thomas Harris of Orlando.