Buffett Records Video on Florida Ballot Issues

posted October 24th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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by Josh Martin

While on tour out west the past couple of weeks, Jimmy Buffett recorded a video urging Florida residents to vote on ballot issues concerning solar power and medical marijuana:

From Politico:

Buffett boiled down his message about the state constitutional amendments 1 and 2 in a bilingual pitch: “No on one. Yes on two. No para uno. Si para dos.”

Amendment 1 has come under increasing criticism because it’s little understood and could trick residents into believing it expands solar-power choices, though it basically enshrines the status quo in the Florida constitution.

Amendment 1 would preserve a right for residents to own or lease solar devices, while prohibiting customers who don’t have solar from subsidizing those who do have them.

Just last week, The Miami Herald reported how Sal Nuzzo of the conservative James Madison Institute praised Amendment 1 as “an incredibly savvy maneuver” because it “would completely negate anything they (pro-solar groups) would try to do either legislatively or constitutionally down the road.” After he was caught, Nuzzo claimed he “misspoke.”

Former Vice president Al Gore recently spoke out against Amendment 1 because it would roll back what’s known as “net-metering,” a state rule requiring utilities to pay customers who produce solar energy.

Utilities backing the measure now have donated at least $17 million of the $22.1 million raised by Consumers for Smart Solar, according to POLITICO Florida analysis of campaign finance reports. Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen said their involvement is a red flag for how anti-consumer the amendment is.

“Let the scum shine,” Hiaasen wrote.

In his video message, Buffett was more understated.

“It’s obvious what’s going on there,” Buffett says. “We’ve been enjoying the sun for most of our lives living in Florida. Now it’s time to use it right, and use it for everybody’s benefit.”

Buffett livened up when it came to Amendment 2, which allows people with debilitating medical conditions access to medical marijuana.

“Amendment 2. Medical marijuana — Duh!” Buffett chuckles.

Opponents of medical marijuana say it’s a backdoor way to outright legalization. Supporters say the amendment is intentionally designed to limit itself to those deemed severely sick by a licensed Florida physician.

Buffett said he used cannabis medically after he had a stage accident in Australia.

“I can tell you from first-hand experience that medical-marijuana is a great cure,” Buffett says.

Buffett also supported a medical marijuana initiative that failed in 2014.


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  • spaceman

    Buffet I will never buy any of his crap again. Backing a crooked Hillary. Have lost all my support for him. What a joke he has become.

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