Will Medical Marijuana be on the ballot in Florida in 2014?

Over the next six weeks, the advocates to legalize medical marijuana will face off with the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before the Florida Supreme Court. 

Opposition Petitions for Advisory Opinion

Last week, Pam Bondi and the Florida Attorney General's Office petitioned the Florida Supreme Court to issue an advisory opinion on the validity of the proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana under Florida law. 

Pam Bondi argued that under Florida law the proposal was not presented fairly and accurately. The petition alleged that the language was too vague and misleading to be on the ballot. She asked the Florida Supreme Court to issue an opinion that would end the ballot initiative.
The Florida Supreme Court's Advisory Opinion on Florida Medical Marijuana Ballot Initiative

The Florida Supreme Court has set the deadlines for making its ruling. United for Care and the Florida Attorney General's Office have until November 8, 2013 to submit their written arguments. Then each side has until November 18, 2013 to respond to the arguments of the other side. The court will hear oral arguments on December 5, 2013. 

If the Florida Supreme Court does not find the language to be vague or misleading, then the proposed amendment would be one step closer to to getting on the ballot. 

More than 200,000 Petitions Have Been Signed

People United for Medical Marijuana just announced that it has collected over 200,000 petitions to legalize medical marijuana in Florida in 2014. So far the organization has largely relied on volunteers. United for Care has hinted recently that it is ready to hire professionals to start collecting the remaining signatures. 

Just under 700,000 petitions must be signed and approved by the February 1, 2014 deadline. If the proposed amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is on the ballot, votes must approve it by 60% before it become law.

Get Involved

United for Care needs to raise more money and find more volunteers. Visit the website for United for Care for more information.

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