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Medical marijuana money: Supporters raise $1M, Adelson gives to No on 2 again



After a slow start to September, advocates for and against Amendment 2 raised large sums last week.

Supporters of the constitutional amendment, which would expand medical marijuana in Florida, logged a $1 million donation from advocacy group New Approach, according to campaign finance reports for Sept. 24-30. The amendment's backers, called United for Care, also started its first TV ad buys.

The amendment's opponents, Drug Free Florida committee, pulled in another $500,000 from Las Vegas casino magnage Sheldon Adelson, who has already contributed $1 million to the campaign. They continued TV ad buys launched earlier in the month.

Here's where the money race stands as of Sept. 30:

United for Care: Raised $1.07 million last week ($1.33 million since Sept. 1); spent $704,389 last week ($849,169 since Sept. 1).

Drug Free Florida: Raised $560,525 last week ($1.59 million since Sept. 1); spent $326,438 last week ($2.17 million since Sept. 1).

[Last modified: Friday, October 7, 2016 12:02pm]


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