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Anti-medical marijuana robocalls wake voters early in morning

31

October

Before dawn Sunday, voters were awakened by a phone call urging them to vote against medical marijuana in Florida.

The calls -- some apparently as early as 1 a.m. -- clearly annoyed people, who took to social media and online forums to register their displeasure with the group sponsoring the calls: the Drug Free Florida Committee.

"Idiots robocalling my house at 3:30 a.m. Tallahassee number calling in the middle of the night when you've got two kids at FSU - heart in mouth time," wrote John Faith on Facebook.

"you woke me up at 4 am sunday and I was pissed off gonna file with the fcc and vote yes because of this," Matt Atwood wrote.

Drug Free Florida and its No on 2 campaign are the main opponents of Amendment 2 on the November ballot. The constitutional amendment would allow doctors to recommend medical marijuana to patients with conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and epillepsy.

The early-morning calls were caused by a vendor who accidentally sent them in the a.m. instead of p.m. It's not clear how many phone numbers were called so early in the morning.

“Our sincerest apologies to those voters who inadvertently received a recorded call during the early morning hours on Sunday," spokeswoman Christina Johnson said in a statement. "It was not our intention to have those calls made at that hour. These calls were supposed to be made starting in the early PM and were mistakenly sent in the early AM. We are very sorry for the inconvenience.”

On the website whocallsme.com, some angry recipients of the calls claimed to have been awoken as early as 1 a.m.

[Last modified: Monday, October 31, 2016 10:30am]

    

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