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Why did ABC News say recreational marijuana is legal in Florida when it’s not?

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Contrary to a recent "ABC" news story, recreational marijuana is not legal in the sunny state of Florida. At least, it isn’t legal yet. However, medical marijuana is legal, even though there have been a great many accusations of political corruption regarding the licensing of dispensaries throughout the entire state.

So, why would ABC News claim that recreational weed is legal? Was it a mistake? Or was it Fake News? The truth is downright frightening. Read on.

Since Donald Trump has been elected, it seems that any time someone publishes a report that the president or the GOP simply don’t like, they label it as Fake News. But that’s not what the term Fake News means. Fake News involves the intentional publication of misleading or falsified commentary to be shared online and misrepresented as truth. The keyword is “intentional.”

Fake News or Bad Journalism?

The "ABC" report-in-question ran on March 17, 2018 in what appears to be the online edition of the network news outlet. The title of the article is Florida Passes Bill Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana.

Was the author of the “ABC” article, Taylor Davis, intentionally spreading Fake News? Was she intentionally lying to the ABC readership? You bet she was, and it took one young investigative reporter about two minutes to discover it.

In fact, on the very same day as the “ABC” news story was published, Shawn Rice from the website Business2Community (B2C) blasted an immediate online rebuttal calling the report “Fake News.” Just to be sure there was no confusion, Rice led with the attention-grabbing, eloquently-worded headline, Florida Passing Bill Legalizing Recreational Use Of Marijuana Is Fake News.

Why is it Fake News? According to Rice, the “ABC” website is not owned by ABC at all! It’s a copycat. It is a fake.

“However, there is no truth to the above story. What is the problem with the story to make it false? For one thing, Abcnews-us.com is not the real site for ABC News, which is abcnews.go.com. Additionally, there is no legitimate news coverage of such a bill having been passed by the state’s legislature.

Way to go, Mr. Shawn Rice! We have to admit. The Fake News article had us fooled, too! 

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