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Medical Cannabis Will Appear on Florida Ballot

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Medical Cannabis Will Appear on Florida Ballot

With Monday’s 4-3 Florida Supreme Court ruling stating the intent of a citizen-backed constitutional amendment is to “allow [marijuana] use for a serious medical condition or a disease” the initiative that could bring medical marijuana to the Sunshine State will now appear on the November ballot.

The amendment was examined by the court because of an October 2013 request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to determine the “validity of the citizen initiative petition.” The petition, brought forward by People United for Marijuana as the United for Care campaign, will need a 60 percent vote of approval to succeed.

Orlando attorney John Morgan has become the face of the campaign and is reported to have put up $4 million on the petition drive, which required 683,149 signatures.

If passed by voters, the amendment will establish a medical marijuana system in Florida allowing physicians to recommend the medicinal use of cannabis for those with “debilitating medical conditions.” Caregivers 21 and older would be allowed to treat no more than five qualifying patients with an “adequate supply” of cannabis based on the “best available evidence.”

With voter approval, the amendment would become effective Jan. 6, 2015. The Department of Health would then implement regulations in six months and must begin issuing medical cannabis cards in nine months.

If passed into law, the amendment would allow state-licensed facilities to sell cannabis and would bar patients from growing their own medicine.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Russell Hare

    July 9, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    I have a failed lumbar fusion that has put me out of work since 2010! I had never taken pain medication in my life until this occurred, but now, like many others can’t take it because of long term abuse/addiction. I haven’t been on meds in quite awhile, but HURT everyday from sun up to bed time! I stay depressed (severely) because of the constant pain! I am 57 years old and haven’t smoked pot in 40 years, but if I thought it would relieve my pain and it was legal, I would smoke it in a minute! I hurt to the point that they’re are days I get up and think I can’t go on, look over at the 9mm and wonder….. yes it is that bad. Hopefully this will be what may help me move on with my life and knock the edge off the pain I ENDURE daily!!

  2. margaret easey

    May 3, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    i DO NOT AGREE WITH THIS LAW AND WILL NOT BE VOTING FOR IT BECA– USE IT DOES NOT ALLOW PEOPLE TO GROW THEIR OWN. THE STATE JUST STEP IN TO PASS THIS JUNK LAW AND TRULY RESTRICT US OF OUR BASIC RIGHTS. WHAT A SET UP. PLEASE DON’T VOTE YES ON THIS LAW UNTIL THE STATE BACKS DOWN ON RESTRICTING US FROM GROWING OUR OWN MARIJUANA

  3. Dylan Davis

    February 3, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    groovy! now SouthCarolina needs to legalize man!!

  4. Evelyn Schroth

    January 31, 2014 at 7:54 am

    I am from Florida and am pushing for medical marajuana legalization. I am saddened to read you must be 18 to quality. My daughter and husband had to move to Colorado Springs with my two grandchildren for the cannabis oil “Charlotte’s Web”, that has helped so many children gain seizure control. WHY does the Florida amendment not include children who have debilitating diseases? Cannabis has already shown to be successful for seizures control in other states. I can bet that Pam Bondi and Governor Rick Scott does not personally know anyone who is watching their children slowly dying because none of the pharmaceutical medications have been successful in stopping their seizures, not to mention the horrendous side effects these medicines have on their small, frail bodies.

    • Ellen Holland

      January 31, 2014 at 10:23 am

      As written, the Florida amendment does not set age limits for medical marijuana patients.

  5. red

    January 31, 2014 at 7:27 am

    freedom of choice….per the constitution!!!!!! stop prohibition, I use it because I have glaucoma, since using my pressures are almost undetectable, I also take meds that make me feel sick, I utilize med marij and am able to eat

  6. Jeremiah sawich

    January 30, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Legalize pot in Canada please

  7. Theodore Lang

    January 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Yippy Yippy

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