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.

    40 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

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