January 27, 2014

Florida Supreme Court Clears Way for Medical Marijuana

Florida medical marijuanaIn a 4-3 decision the Florida Supreme Court announced today that they have approved the wording that will appear on the November ballot asking Florida voters if they want a constitutional amendment that would allow patients to consume medical marijuana.

Attorney General Pam Bondi has led the fight to challenge the ballot language, arguing that it would mislead voters. Patient advocacy group United For Change recently had over 700,000 petition signatures certified by the Board of Elections. Prominent Florida Attorney John Morgan played a large part in the effort, footing most of the estimated $4 million bill it took to get the question on the ballot.

The fight for medical marijuana in Florida has been hotly contested by Republicans who say the issue is a political ploy by democrats to give Charlie Crist a boost in the Governor’s race. The latest polling shows Crist, who is a long-time friend of Morgan’s, essentially tied with incumbent Governor Rick Scott.

Document Download: Full text of the Supreme Court decision (pdf)

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