Monday brought welcoming news to seriously ill patients in Florida: TheÂ Florida Supreme Court declared the medical marijuana constitutional initiative fit for Novemberâs ballot! If passed, this initiative will allow individuals with debilitating conditions to use marijuana if their doctor recommends it. Since this initiative would amend the stateâs constitution, it needs 60% support to pass.Â Please make sure you are registered to voteÂ now, so that your voice will count come November.
Last week, the state confirmed that the campaign,Â United for Care, had submitted enough valid signatures to make the ballot. The only hurdle left before officially making the ballot was surviving the legal challenge brought by Attorney General Pam Bondi. Bondi argued the summary of the measure (which was written by its proponents) didnât accurately explain what the initiative would do. She also claimed the measure violated Floridaâs requirement that ballot questions be limited to a single subject. The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, disagreed.
The Florida Legislature has refused to act on the numerous medical marijuana proposals brought before it by medical marijuana champions. This November, you have the opportunity to bypass the legislature by voting âyesâ on medical marijuana, butÂ only if youâre registered to vote. Finally,Â please be sure to spread the word to your friends and familyÂ in Florida.