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Florida Medical Marijuana Petition Headed to Supreme Court With 100,000 Signatures

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Florida is one step closer to getting a statewide public vote on legalizing medical marijuana. With powerful backers like Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan and funding from big Democrats around the state, the push by People United for Medical Marijuana is blazing ahead.

The group announced yesterday that it's already gathered 100,000 signatures, enough to start a Supreme Court review of its proposed language for the vote.

"I am pleased to announce that we have already collected over 100,000 petitions since we started our drive less than a month ago," the group's campaign manager, Ben Pollara, wrote in a release. "This allows us to submit the petition to the Florida Supreme Court for their review of the ballot language."

While the Court looks at the language to rule whether it's misleading or too broadly worded, Pollara's group will temporarily stop its paid petition-gathering drive, which the campaign manager tells the Miami Herald costs $150,000 a week.

To get a constitutional amendment on the ballot, Pollara's team needs to collect 683,149 valid signatures by Feb. 1. The initiative would then need 60 percent approval from the public.

As Marc Caputo reports this morning, that's not impossible: Polls have shown that upwards of 70 percent of voters could back legalized medical pot.

Pollara has asked for an expedited review from the Supreme Court so his teams can get back to signature collection quickly.

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Firip Onitsuka
Firip Onitsuka

How about the good old libertarian philosophy? What I do with my body is none of your business... What I buy and sell is none of your business... As long as I don't harm anyone through force or fraud.

Dalila Mesa Orjuela
Dalila Mesa Orjuela

Siempre sera medicinal aunque nadie lo crea. Lo q pasa es q todos los organismos NO son iguales y les causa side efects,

Cathy Glover
Cathy Glover

Well what do you want Michael reginbogin? Legalized cocaine?

Georgina De Armas
Georgina De Armas

i will never forget my dad smoking marijuana for the first time. he was home with us and dieing of cancer. he couldn't sleep and was in so much pain. they kept giving him sleeping pills and pain killers which didn't help. we said, "f*ck it, lets give him some marijuana". we just wanted to make him feel better with the little time he had left. so off one of us went in search of some mary jane. we acquired and conquered! i took a picture of him and he was happy as shit and he slept. imagine if we would of gotten caught and put in jail for this? would of been completely worth it but undeserved. enough with the bullshit and legalize it already!

highdesert420
highdesert420

I lived in Florida off and on during the 1980's and continuously from 1991-2003. I grew, transported, bought, sold and consumed cannabis during that time. I saw Florida go from a nice place to live, not too crowded with lots of good cheap high quality cannabis, to a police state with pain clinics, pills, snitches and corrupt police everywhere. I'm glad I left when I did. If cannabis becomes legal in Florida I will gladly return. It's such a beautiful place and I do miss living there.   

Joe Bewan
Joe Bewan

We need to give doctors the ability to recommend cannabis to patients that need it.

Sarah Sarlay
Sarah Sarlay

Safer than Vicodin and less addictive. Plus most people don't smoke pot and drive like they do with alcohol. I'm not saying it doesn't happen, just not as much.

Joe Bewan
Joe Bewan

Hell yes for those that it will save we do!

Michael Reginbogin
Michael Reginbogin

I don't think I could stand to watch my groceries being bagged any slower...I'm all for legalization but this city already moves at a snail's pace - we really need to make it even easier for people to get high?

Aileen Diaz
Aileen Diaz

Thank you Joe Bewan for putting it so eloquently. I have a chronic, incurable disease. Marijuana is a lifesaver for those suffering unimaginable pain such as myself. We need to tax and regulate it just as we do cigarettes and alcohol.

Joe Bewan
Joe Bewan

Its been here people, we need to provide safe access to the ones who need it. Savin lives folks, don't let fear mongering and misinformation get the best of you. God forbid your loved ones get sick enough that they need cannabis to save their lives but you tell them NO!

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Why legalize weed but not the pipes?

Turo Olvera
Turo Olvera

good, i'd rather get weed from a dispensary than a dealer.

Mike Worley
Mike Worley

Legalize it and have the tax dollars fill the void that the Florida Lottery left in the Bright Futures budget. Students get free college, less people are in jail, fewer people are getting hurt, and the snack industry flourishes.

Mike Napoles
Mike Napoles

uptight party pooper north florida residents never let us have any fun. I still think we should draw a line at orlando and have a North and South Florida

Bobby Riotgear Bassett
Bobby Riotgear Bassett

god i hope this never happens. tooooo many uneducated people in this state won't be able to handle it.

Palangana
Palangana topcommenter

@Carolina Escobar Yes sey!!!

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