Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative
Medical marijuana to be on the ballot in November
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize the use of medical marijuana has been cleared by the State’s highest court and will appear on the November ballot.
The Florida Supreme Supreme Court on Monday found the language for the proposed constitutional amendment passes muster. (Read the 84 page opinion here)
The Supreme Court Justices approved the ballot language by 4-3. A successful petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot. The state has counted 710,508 valid voter signatures, passing the requirement of 683,149 by Feb. 1, the Tampa Tribune reported. Sponsors had submitted 1.1 million names, the product of a $4 million signature campaign.
The decision by the Florida Supreme court is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it’s misleading and would result in Doctors prescribing Marijuana for practically any malady, not just severe debilitating diseases. The ballot measure also includes the legalization of Medical Marijuana dispensaries and authorizes Medical doctors to dispense prescriptions.
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million in favor of the amendment.
Governor Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana in the State. His Democratic challengers, State Senator Nan Rich and former Governor Charlie Crist, both support the medical Marijuana initiative.