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Saying it was filled with loopholes that would allow widespread access to pot, Republican county chairs voted unanimously Friday to oppose a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana. Critics of the November ballot republican logoinitiative, backed heavily by attorney and Charlie Crist supporter John Morgan, say the measure is so broadly written that it would allow people who don’t truly need medical marijuana to get it. Others question the medicinal value of the drug. “I do not want to see Florida turned into the pot capital of the world,” said Tony Ledbetter, chairman of the Volusia County party. The chairs also voted to oppose a proposed conservation amendment that would dedicate a share of real-estate tax revenues to efforts such as buying and preserving land. Opponents say that measure would endanger property rights and tie the hands of the Legislature when lawmakers craft the state budget.Involved, invested, or interested in Florida politics?

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