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article imageMedical marijuana on November ballot in Florida

By Justin King     Jan 27, 2014 in World
Tallahassee - A proposed measure to allow the use of medicinal marijuana in Florida passed its last test to be on the November ballot for a constitutional amendment.
The Florida Supreme Court issued a 4-3 ruling in favor of the measure, making it eligible to be on the ballot in November. Legal opposition centered on whether or not the text of the proposed ballot summary was misleading. The court’s decision stated:
We conclude that the voters will not be affirmatively misled regarding the purpose of the proposed amendment because the ballot title and summary accurately convey the limited use of marijuana, as determined by a licensed Florida physician,
The amendment will be successful if 60% of the voters in November support the measure.
Most polls show the measure will pass with ease. Some polls are stating 82% of likely voters are in favor of the amendment.
The amendment would legalize medicinal marijuana in certain situations. A physician would have to recommend cannabis after an examination that determines the drug would help more than it would harm the patient.
The proposal was opposed by Governor Rick Scott and Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi. All of the Governor’s challengers support the proposal. Adrian Wyllie, a Libertarian candidate for Governor, supports the full legalization of marijuana for medicinal, recreational, and industrial use.
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