Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Question

Categories: Drugs, Politicks

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Despite opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, the Florida Supreme Court officially ruled today that a ballot question that could approve use of medical marijuana is perfectly valid. This means the question will now all but certainly go before voters in November.

Bondi had challenged the proposed amendment on the grounds that it was worded vaguely and pertained to more than one issue. Amendments put before voters can address only a single subject.

See also: Medical Marijuana Petition Has Enough Valid Signatures to Put Pot on Ballot

"By reading the proposed amendment as a whole and construing the ballot title together with the ballot summary, we hold that the voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain -- debilitating medical conditions," the court wrote in its decision. "We conclude that the voters will not be affirmatively misled regarding the purpose of the proposed amendment because the ballot title and summary accurately convey the limited use of marijuana, as determined by a licensed Florida physician, that would be authorized by the amendment consistent with its intent."

The decision came down to a close 4-3 vote. The three justices originally nominated by Democrats came down in favor and were joined by Charlie Crist appointee James E.C. Perry. The three other Republican-appointed justices (all appointed by Crist) dissented.

The news comes on the heels of the announcement by NORML of Florida that the proposed amendment now has enough signatures to make it to the ballot. As long as enough of those signatures are ruled valid, the medical marijuana question will be on the ballot in November.

Polling consistently shows high approval for medical marijuana in Florida. Some polls show support as high as 82 percent. State constitutional amendments put on the ballot need at least 60 percent approval before becoming law.

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vg1985
vg1985

Many of the people who criticize this amendment haven't 1. Read it themselves, 2. Have any factual basis to their claims, and 3. are living in a conservative fantasy world. Let's get real. In the entire span of human history, marijuana prohibition is a blip compared to the centuries of it's use as medicine and as a spiritual aide (the Jewish Pharisees used it in their anointing oils). Face it: it's only a matter of time before the manufacturing and pharma big wigs lose this battle.

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Chris Schaaff Looking at your page explains a lot...not being negative but realistic but my bad, I forget pot heads are out of touch with reality! Good luck though...don't bother me any either way. My pot days are way over. Peace!

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

One side (anti) claims it will be the Colorado-ifcation of Florida with a pot shop on every corner. Isn't this better than a Pill mill or distributor on every corner selling all kinds of just wonderful cures with unknown side effects and lifetime irreversible damage.

George Hoover
George Hoover

No thanks to that bitch atty general in FLA - between her & Scott WE THE PEEPS GOT OUR WORK CUT OUT - GET RID OF SCUM

Wednesday Adams
Wednesday Adams

Many countries over seas have pot shops, many which are owned by Doctors and other highly educated professionals. "Stoners" are not wandering around on crime sprees, the suppliers are registered and regulated- and it is a crime to grow otherwise. Only a certain amount of plants, products, and edibles are allowed in inventory at any given time- and those countries have crime rates WELL BELOW that in nearly any American city. Do some research before making ignorant comments.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

Strike this down like gambling, Medical Marijuana would be a good thing if the real losers and criminals wouldn't abuse it. Every one of them will grow & sell it to keep themselves stoned. The clean and sober one's will have to avoid the crime sprees when things get slow for them and they can't move enough pot because they can't all be customers and dealers too. I don't get it, they don't want teens smoking cigarettes, but now that is out the window because someone in the government wants to make this their career and cash cow controlling it.

Ian Pimentel
Ian Pimentel

Vote yes so stoners have nothing to talk about

Carl Snyder
Carl Snyder

they will find some way to quash it, the same way bush did our vote for high speed rail. disgusting.

Childplease
Childplease

Thank you to United for Care and all the volunteers who made this happen!


FORWARD!

Kil Kelley
Kil Kelley

Leah Bia Ervay it will be up for vote in Nov

Adam Pearson
Adam Pearson

Should pass. The news is saying 80% of the voters r for it. Keep your fingures crossed

Ron Kerr
Ron Kerr

Good news for restaurants!!!! And me anxiety!

Erick Neira
Erick Neira

Let's stay positive now baby ;-) Teresa

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

I guess the pharmacutical lobby is strong with these neo-cons... Fucking morons

Samir Vasquez
Samir Vasquez

It's funny how Republicans are supposedly the party of "freedom, no regulations and free markets", and all the Republican-appointed justices dissented this historic initiative.

portablefernie
portablefernie

If turnout is fifty percent it will pass easily. if turn out is lower than fifty and more than forty.. it might be close. 60%  is quite a feat

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

GTFOH with that negativity Cary Campria! If you support it then be positive. If you don't then go down some oxycontin with Rick Scott

Cary Cary
Cary Cary

Good luck with that here in Florida...it will never pass...

Adam Satter
Adam Satter

But I promise the next one will be medical

Adam Satter
Adam Satter

I have to admit that 3rd dab might have been recreational

Chris Schaaff
Chris Schaaff

Tim Clark Rachelle Marie Ally Andrew Crystal Lamoree Crystal Smith Adam Satter Randy Truman Jr. Stephen Pineiro

vg1985
vg1985

This amendment is not about that. It's about getting those with illnesses the medicine that is THE MOST EFFFECTIVE. If you have the heart to tell a cancer patient or an MS patient that they simply must suffer because of your personal biases, well you have no heart.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

LOL, they don't talk anyway when they get stoned, they do stupid things like race cars at 4 AM with the other retards that have been drinking al night. Maybe they'll listen to Pink Floyd all day long too ?

vg1985
vg1985

Potheads aren't racing anything bro.

Jimbo99
Jimbo99

@vg1985Really, you were with Justin Bieber & Kahlil last week when at least one admitted that he smoked weed when they were racing a Ferrari and Lamborghini that at least the Lamborghini was rented and not even Bieber's personal property ? See, what you don't want to acknowledge is that the stoned just don't limit their extracurricular party activities to just weed. They drink whatever alcohol they can get their hands on and as we were also told, prescription drugs. But let's not limit it to that, what if other illegal drugs are available, Molly, cocaine, acid and whatever else. Hey, growing up I saw my share of potheads steal their parents jewelry, silverware and anything else they could pawn to finance their next session. How many bicycles in Miami get stolen by crack heads ? The best pothead probably smokes his joint and just lounges around on a couch listening to Pink Floyd or whatever. Maybe falls asleep, takes a nap and wakes up hungry. eating a package of oreos ?

I have no problem with pot being administered like morphine for that cancer patient you posted of. If you think pot is even close to as powerful as morphine then they've been using the wrong stuff for centuries for hospice ?

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