Monday brought welcoming news to seriously ill patients in Florida: The¬†Florida Supreme Court declared the medical marijuana constitutional initiative fit for November‚Äôs 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 state‚Äôs constitution, it needs 60% support to pass.¬†Please make sure you are registered to vote¬†now, so that your voice will count come November.
Last week, the state confirmed that the campaign,¬†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) didn‚Äôt accurately explain what the initiative would do. She also claimed the measure violated Florida‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúyes‚ÄĚ on medical marijuana, but¬†only if you‚Äôre registered to vote. Finally,¬†please be sure to spread the word to your friends and family¬†in Florida.