“Well, wanna talk about weed?”

The question, posed by FLORIDA TODAY Public Interest Editor Matt Reed, opened a newspaper editorial board meeting Tuesday. Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey and family physician and president of the Brevard County Medical Society Dr. Stephanie Haridopolos shared arguments against Amendment 2. If it passes, the November referendum would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Ivey and Haridopolos — who carried a three-ring binder full of research on the topic — take issue with the amendment as it is written, citing concerns of exploitation and loopholes. Haridopolos fears that, as an amendment to the Florida Constitution, the ballot measure would give too much power to the marijuana industry and make it too difficult to regulate.

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