Loading

Florida: Medical Cannabis Measure Qualifies For 2014 Ballot

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director January 24, 2014

    The Florida Division of Elections today confirmed that proponents of a 2014 statewide measure to allow for the physician-supervised use of cannabis have gathered sufficient signatures to qualify for the November ballot.

    The measure seeks to authorize doctors to recommend cannabis therapy to their patients at their discretion and authorizes the state Department of Health to register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes.

    Backers of the measure, United for Care, turned in over 683,000 valid signatures from Florida voters to qualify the measure. The initiative seeks to amend the state constitution.

    Survey data released in November by Quinnipiac University reported that 82 percent of Florida voters support reforming state law to allow for the medicinal use of marijuana. Because the proposed measure seeks to amend the state constitution, 60 percent of voters must decide in favor of it before it may be enacted.

    Proponents of the measure still await a ruling from the Florida Supreme Court as to whether the measure will appear before voters this fall. State Attorney General Pam Bondi is contesting the language of the measure in a suit backed by House Speaker Will Weatherford, Senate President Don Gaetz and Gov. Rick Scott.

    The state Supreme Court must decide on the issue by April 1.

    34 Responses to “Florida: Medical Cannabis Measure Qualifies For 2014 Ballot”

    1. Jh says:

      Why isn’t this happening in every state? or a federal level?

    2. RUT says:

      Watching PAM BLONDI is one of the reasons Florida’s prisons for profit are so flush with cash they have millions of dollars to spend to have their name put on FAU STADIUM. Thank god the protesters were listened to by the university. BLONDI AND RICK SCOTT are not in the corner of this cause and will do everything possible to derail legalization. FLORIDA’S people are poorly represented by this Governor and AG and they need to be replaced if legalization is to happened. Florida’s big job market is the law enforcement business. So come to our SUNSHINE state to be persecuted on your next vacation! FLA LOCALS VOTE THIS GROUP OUT OF POWER!

    3. Casey says:

      Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are no better than the degenerates responsible for the 18th Amendment. They help to fund drug cartels and should be arrested.

    4. Alvaro B. says:

      Hopefully the first state in the south!!

    5. Jeff Brown says:

      Florida would be the first state in the South and probably put the population of Medical marijuana states over the 50 percent mark. Florida would be a big win for the entire country.

    6. Steve says:

      about time the stupidity ended i knew once Colorado and Washington state enacted, that the ratchet ain’t going back i bet you by the end of the yr half the nation with be medical and/or recreational all of this possible because of Cali..putting in the first ratchet in 96
      Happy toking

    7. Steve says:

      It wont be long now

    8. Jh says:

      Virginia has had a medical cannabis law since 1979, it’s very important to make that program legal seeing as it’s the oldest non functioning law.

    9. Frank says:

      This is a great accomplishment to date but really, the current restrictions fall far short of what is needed. Baby steps, I guess…

      The current medical usage, if passed as is, is strictly for “Debilitating Medical Conditions” and even this is being reviewed by corrupt state officials for further weakening… the current definition is:

      “Debilitating Medical Condition” means cancer, glaucoma, positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS), hepatitis C, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.

      Officials are trying to remove/alter the “the conditions” phrase… so no relief for people with neck and back pain, migraines, PTSD, anxiety or god-forbid, recreation

      Still need to fight on and take down the system. Cheers to all who fight on…

    10. Joey says:

      The stars are aligned – Florida will legalize Medical Marijuana on Election Day this year! We got the validated signatures (when they said we couldn’t), the ballot language was crafted by a constitutional scholar (sorry, “Blondie”!) and polls consistently show Floridians supporting the initiative at well above the 60% threshold needed for passage. The staunch conservative and Teapublicans will fight this to the finish, but at the end of the day all they’ll have is the bitter taste of defeat… Peace

    11. Tim says:

      As much as I hope this will pass, it probably won’t even make it to the polls because of our AG and lousy Governor. Florida has had potential in years to really move forward but unfortunately most of our voters here can be suckered into voting for the wrong person to put in office.

    12. Dave Evans says:

      @ Frank, yeah isn’t it great that people still want to act like this is the fake marijuana we learned about from Ronald Reagan. A dangerous Demon from the 5th circle of Hell.

      The rest of the bill doesn’t sound that bad, but restricting a healthier medical option because a buffoon like Ronald Reagan said “marijuana is dangerous” still doesn’t make the restrictions justified. When are bill is restricted only “Debilitating Medical Conditions” it is not a “Medical Marijuana Program” it is a “Hospice Care Marijuana Program”.

      Norml, you need to list places with “Hospice Care Marijuana Programs” like New Jersey) vs. those with a real “Medical Marijuana Program” so people can understand the difference. Medical Marjiuana Programs cannot be replaced by legalized sales over the counter, they don’t even want the same strains for the most part!!! And no one a “Hospice Care Marijuana Program” is going to be healthy enough to grow their own!!! These systems need to work for the patients and for the the people.

    13. Anonymous says:

      The only folks who would oppose this are those who haven’t seen someone die from cancer.

      But I’ll take this further. Let’s cut the crap, we should be voting on a legalization in November.

      I’m not exactly the biggest fan of this petition, but I have to remember, this is Florida, and it is refreshing to see 1.1 million signatures by Florida voters backing it.

    14. Kay Lee says:

      I always thought, if activists can push through the ignorance and political hoopla in Florida, the citizens of any state can do it. The war is not over by any means, but it has qualified for the 2014 Ballot. Nice work, Florida.

    15. Joe says:

      I am one of the volunteers counting and sorting the mountains of petitions coming in. It was great to see the overwhelming response.

      We all have to be vigilant and make sure we spread the word throughout our neighborhoods, family members, friends to make sure they are registered to vote and get to the polls 11/14

      We also have to voice our opinion to the offices of the bondi/scott crew that we the people for the people not bondi for bondi and scott for scott !!!

    16. Devo says:

      Get Pam Bondi and Rick Scott out of office. No more corruption, we’re tired of it here in Florida. They are a disgrace to our political office and legislative process. The amount of lobbying going on between the two of them is astronaumical and we won’t stand for it any longer.

    17. Fat Freddy says:

      Could Rick Scott be worried about how this will affect his drug testing business?

    18. John says:

      @Devo & everyone else… I’m with you! Down here in Miami-Dade we all are sick of the political fiascos! You are 100% correct! The end to these phony representatives & their corruptionous behavior!

    19. Anonymous says:

      We need it here in corpus christi to much drinking n then they go n crash or something happens every day same thing over n over how many times u here about a joint making u crash almost never n is not as bad as alchol or cigerates sorry for spelling

    20. Katrina says:

      Thank you for publishing this! I seldom see Florida mentioned on the NORML website. I am a Native Floridian and would love to live to see this become a reality! We Floridians appreciate everyone’s support in pushing this amendment through. Of course we need to educate and encourage voters to go to the polls this November and have your say! Many thanks to United for Care for their tireless efforts getting the required petitions (including mine) to put this on the ballot! Vote! Encourage friends and family to Vote! All of this will go away, if you do not Exercise Your Right And Responsibility To VOTE! Thank you all!

    21. Sleave says:

      The other Medical/ legal states should quiver in fear, given our climate, soil , abundant water, I predict Medical Grown in Florida will surpass all .

    22. Fat Freddy says:

      Senior citizens in Florida may have heard about the study that MJ cures cancer:

      http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

    23. JC says:

      I agree with getting rid of Bondi and Scott, and while we are at it there is a petition to fire Michele Leonheart, a good start to end the drug war soon by getting rid of the real ignorant first. Good job Florida!

    24. Robby says:

      Yea Florida! I dropped off a thick stack of petitions for this measure before I moved away in December. I had all of my friends and family sign them. THAT is the kind of grass roots support it takes to end this prohibition madness!

    25. Tommy says:

      This would be great!

    26. Sandy says:

      I really regret that I voted for Scott and Bondi,,,,Does it make up for it that I sent Bondi a real nasty email?..I won’t be screwing up like that again in 11/14 & have done my part to help Medical Marijuana pass. Florida has the 60′s generation as our senior generation now so I really think things will be different at the polls. I donated doe anyway just to be sure. Thanks to all who did and continue to support this cause. I am one of the disabled that this could help.

    27. Fat Freddy says:

      I’m not sure if putting pot sales in banks is the right idea. Bankers are generally scum sucking pigs. Maybe we should start our own pot credit union.

    28. margaret says:

      Iam not sure this is the right bill to pass. The restrictions are pretty harsh and am wondering who will play God. It would be better to have a bill that allow people to grow their own.

    29. Fat Freddy says:

      I read that over 80% of Floridians want pot legalized. I hope they know that pot prohibitionists Rick Scott and Pam Bondi are standing in their way.

    30. Stay Tuned says:

      It’s about time!!! Floridians now have a great chance to help our sick and at the same time prosper the state into the future, with more jobs, lessor crime, more business, all because we deserve our civil rights and liberities just like others in this great nation. It’s all about our rights to grow, harvest, medically prescribe, provide a good living standards for our families, just like the rich and corporate America does in exchange for taxation. It’s about negociations and who takes office this coming fall. Politicians know this, get on board or loose the raise to your office Mr. Politician. It’s gonna happen folks! Society is steaming for chaneg in the south. What ever politicians do not support 82% of Floridians is headed for a polictal down fall. I say you can mandate it, regulate it, tax it, We The people do not care anymore!! We just want the plant legalized for many reasons; sick children, sick veterans, sick seniors aging adults, “BIG BUISNESS”, state deficite PAYOFF, legal rights, civil rights, polictal reasons, ecommerce, torrism, vacation paradise central, stop criminals in the black market, you name it, everyone has a good reason, from policticians back around to the reason why? I say we legalize TODAY and forget having to wait until Ballot! GROW AMERICA!! Florida will soon BOOM & Bloom MJ…

    31. Fat Freddy says:

      Its a shame that medical cannabis dispensaries will lobby against its legalization like they did in California because it would hurt their bottom lines. Pot should be as unregulated as parsley, oregano, or any other herb. We have to start somewhere, but producing another anti-legalization lobby is unfortunate, to say the least.

      And the fact that some politicians are salivating over more tax revenues to squander makes it worse. But like those of us who voted for Obama and are disappointed, at this stage of the game, we’ll probably take what we can get.

    32. Just recently the legislature in Florida approved the Charlotte’s Web strain for medical use by Cancer and seizure patients. This is a step in the right direction, but the regulations imposed for the 5 licenses it will approve for growing almost makes it a failure to start. To apply for a license to cultivate the Charlotte’s Web strain you will have to have a plant nursery that has operated for a minimum of 30 years and maintain a minimum of 400,000 plants. We are hoping and praying in Florida that voters approve Amendment 2. It appears that Florida is going to have one of the most heavily regulated medical marijuana industries in the country. After obtaining a prescription from a doctor patients will then have to apply for a license from the state. Patients will only be able to purchase from 1 dispensary and to change dispensaries patients will have to undergo a 14 day waiting period.

    33. Making patients stick to 1 dispensary and undergo a 14 day waiting period should be considered cruel and unusual. Just imagine, you’re on vacation in Miami, but live in Gainesville and you run out of medication and need to get some more. Well guess what? Your up shits creek without a paddle. I’m extremely thankful that this isn’t the case for all other prescription medications. Getting marijuana legalized medicinally is great, because it truly does provide a wealth of health benefits for a growing list of ailments. With that being said, it has also become a double edged sword in some cases, and the Charlotte’s web is one of those cases. Lawmakers should be ashamed of themselves for putting such draconian regulations on something that eases suffering of children suffering from seizures, reduces tumor size, increases appetite, etc. etc. etc. If the regulations of Charlotte’s web are any indication of how things are going to play out after a successful passage in November, Florida is going to be in a world of hurt when it comes to any type of a real medical marijuana industry. Time is going to be the best thing that helps push this plant to the place it should be, which is completely unregulated and decriminalized. We still have politicians that were brainwashed with government propaganda their entire lives. The sad thing is, almost everyone walking the planet knows plenty of people that use marijuana that don’t just sit around and do nothing, or think they can fly, or any of the other horrible things the BIG PHARMA backed GOV PROPAGANDA machine has put out there. If only our politicians could grow a pair and think for themselves.

    34. tuna colada says:

      to think that 44 years after I graduated high school this is still an issue leaves me dumbfounded..med MJ is fine but why regulate ordinary consumption and production?Im a Floridian and refuse to move to another state to consume a plant that will grow wild anywhere.STOP THE MADNESS,just leave us alone with our herbal supplement and get on with running the damn state!

    Leave a Reply