Florida Voters to Decide on Medical Marijuana

The proposed amendment would make Florida the 21st state to decriminalize marijuana for medicinal purposes

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Florida’s state Supreme Court ruled Monday that a constitutional amendment to decriminalize medical marijuana can go before voters, rejecting opponents’ argument that the measure would mislead voters in legalizing the drug.

The high court ruled 4-3 in favor of allowing the constitutional amendment to move toward a vote in November, the Miami Herald reports. The proposed amendment would allow strains of marijuana with greater levels of substances that help prevent epileptic attacks and lower levels of the substance that makes people high.

Opponents of the amendment have said the initiative will mislead voters into legalizing marijuana in the state, but the Supreme Court said the proposed amendment’s purpose is clear, the Herald reports.

“Voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain―debilitating medical conditions,” the court ruled.

The ballot measure will need to receive 60 percent of the vote in order to pass. If it passes, Florida would be the 21st state to decriminalize the drug for medicinal purposes. Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

[Miami Herald]

5 comments
ImmortalIllumined
ImmortalIllumined

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING!!!13


from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, tying marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, this backwards country can't get it done in 20 years, ill get it done this year...


20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary...nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS that run the south would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already....


love and freedom forever, youth changing the world


MARIJUANA SUPER BOWL 2014, free state vs. free state, destiny


AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS!!!33

AmandaChoate
AmandaChoate

All right Floridians the heavy lifting has been done. Now you need to show up the polls to keep people like Pam Bondi, your local sheriff, Rick Scott from determining your best and safest medical treatment. Personally I think it is a farce that I am not able to determine my own recreational mind altering substances without approval from the my governor. Oh Rick is okay if I, A working man of more than years in age get high? Please say okay! I need you to tell me what is safe.  I mean other than cigarettes and alcohol.

If pot were smoked from a gun rather than a bong, IT would mandatory to get high in Florida.

EddieHoward
EddieHoward

@AmandaChoate Gee aren't we a tad naive, to think this nonsense that Marijuana is the new cure all. As the propagandists are out in full force, local news with silly nonsense about kiddies with Epilepsy that need Pot to help with their seizures when the admitted component that helps {hemp oil} has been legally available in all 50 states for years. Now we can add stoners to the mix in dangerous industries and on our roads because some stoner will go to the Doc and complain about his sore knee and the only relief is pot.

smplicitypc
smplicitypc

@AmandaChoateExcellent post Amanda, especially the last sentence. Florida's had some real misplaced priorities for quite some time now.


For example, Florida is flat and seismic activity rare, it's the perfect venue for high-speed rail. We have many visitors from Europe and Asia who reasonably expect efficient transit from city to city, Florida keeps them on the horns of overpriced rental cars and road tolls, ridiculous. 


The old establishment here needs to go, starting with Bondi and Scott. Florida would do real well to come out of the 19th century and get to the 21st.


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