They say that desperate times demand desperate measures.  That old saying is proving to be true as anti-cannabis groups in Florida find themselves squaring off against unprecedented support for legal medical marijuana within the state.

In a new ad campaign, a group known as “No On 2” (with the help of funding from billionaire casino tycoon, Sheldon Adelson) is making the preposterous and offensive claim that access to medical marijuana will cause women to become victims of date rape.  The ad, which has appeared on that group’s Facebook page, shows a man and woman hugging while the man has a cannabis cookie in his back pocket.  An arrow pointing to the cookie is accompanied by text that reads “Will the new face of date rape look like a cookie?”.  The suggestion, of course, is that patients who are given access to medical cannabis will then turn around and use their medication to drug and rape women.  I don’t have to explain how outlandish this idea is.

Sadly, this type of sensationalist fear-mongering is nothing new.  It harkens back to the days of anti-marijuana propaganda films like the notorious “Reefer Madness”.  It would be nice to think that anti-pot crusaders have evolved past making such ludicrous and baseless claims, but apparently in their zeal to defeat an incredibly popular amendment, they are reaching back into their old bag of dirty tricks.