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Friday, January 24, 2014

Florida medical marijuana supporters say enough signatures have been verified to get issue on ballot

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 2:55 PM

via theweedblog.com

Today, United for Care sent a letter to supporters saying that state supervisors of elections have certified more than enough signatures on the group's petitions to get a medical marijuana initiative placed on the ballot in November. So far, the organization says, more than 683,149 signatures from voters in various Congressional districts have been verified.

But that doesn't mean the ballot question will actually make it to your ballot this fall. Thanks to state Attorney General Pam Bondi, who has challenged the language in the proposed amendment in a letter to the state Supreme Court, saying that it's misleading and would allow marijuana use in "limitless situations," the state Supreme Court still has to review the amendment and decide whether it gets to go up for a vote (by the people, for the people!).

Recently, Gov. Rick Scott went on record as stating that, should he be given the opportunity, he'll be voting against medical marijuana for Florida. Despite his claim to have "a great deal of empathy" for those who might need it, he cannot endorse "sending Florida down this path." The AP points out that in the past, Scott has said that he doesn't like "illegal drug abuse." However, if medical marijuana were legal, using it under the circumstances outlined in the proposed law wouldn't be illegal.


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