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

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Unless Pam Bondi or Rick Scott say otherwise, Floridians should be able to vote on medical marijuana in November. Karen Goldstein, the director of NORML in Florida, told us that a petition campaign by United for Care has collected more than 700,000 valid signatures, which was confirmed by the Florida Divisions of Elections. The goal was to collect 683,000 with a deadline of February 1st.

Although the state has given the all-clear to put the initiative on the November ballot, the Florida Supreme Court could shut the whole thing down. In the past, Attorney General Pam Bondi has said she thinks the language of the amendment will confuse voters. Goldstein claim that he reason is BS.

"If you look at the language of most amendments, they're practically unreadable," she says. "It's like double-speak, and people have no idea what they're voting on." In contrast, she says, the language of the pot bill is perfectly straight-forward.

Goldstein gives another possible reason for Republicans' opposition to the bill: It will bring a demographic of voters unfavorable to the GOP. "If this gets on the ballot, people who have been less likely to vote in the past will likely come out," she says.

The Florida Supreme Court has until April 1st to decide whether or not Floridians will be able to vote on pot.

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23 comments
Kenia West
Kenia West

Lol but the whats goin to happen with all those 'pain' clinics?

Christopher Carlson
Christopher Carlson

Just because someone doesn't want to use it doesn't mean people should Ruin it for those of us who put our faith in God with the belief that he knew what he was doing when he created these beautiful plants for our use.

Maria Carolina
Maria Carolina

This is so ridiculous! I've seen the people that have signed this petition AND 99% of people were young kids wanting to legalize it for the wrong reasons! Definitely not thinking about medical anything!

Rochelle Comissiong
Rochelle Comissiong

It's about time! All these invalid arguments. I hope these same people saying no are saying no to alcohol & wine too... otherwise you Are a hypocrite. It's time to let people choose what they want in their life. If not legalized then decriminalize! I've never voted Democrat but would if this bill was stopped...

Heidi Whoolery
Heidi Whoolery

Noooooooooooo!!! I'm trying to escape that by leaving Seattle. Please, it's not worth it.

Tony Drucci
Tony Drucci

This has nothing to do with "medical". NO

Luis Cueto
Luis Cueto

We will all be too stoned to go vote or completely forget about it

Leon Heflin
Leon Heflin

Joao, Rick Scott has no say, we have the signatures to bring to a vote in November.

portablefernie
portablefernie

Hmm why on earth havent I signed this? can we get one more week of signatures? 

Josh Lurz
Josh Lurz

Finally Florida. Its about time people wised up. Besides, it's all about the revenue the state can rack up on those fat juicy marijuana taxes. Hmm, just might be our salvation from bankruptcy.

John Bruno
John Bruno

The Cotton Lobby made this illegal in an hyper competitive move to stop Hemp from competing with Cotton! It was stupid to make this illegal and President Obama is correct. Now you have a prohibition that has lead to the rise of the gangs and their millions in drug sales and the power that brings..End the Prohibition, Control it and Tax it...did I say control it...

Michael Thomas
Michael Thomas

no way in Hell they let this on the ballot. It would mean doom for any and all GOP candidates.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

Bullshit.

You have not seen "the people that have sign this petition."

There's more than 700,000 valid signatures. You're lucky if you know 10 or 15 people that signed.

Go sell your B.S. somewhere else. 

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