Florida Supreme Court: If medical marijuana petition gets enough signatures, it can go on 2016 ballot


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Today, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the ballot language submitted by United for Car, the John Morgan-backed medical marijuana initiative in Florida, is unambiguous, in line with statutory regulations regarding ballot initiatives and "accurately represents" the proposed amendment. 

In other words, as long as the organization gathers enough signatures from the public, medical marijuana will appear on the ballot in 2016. Currently, United for Care (also known as People United for Medical Marijuana) has gathered 400,000 of the 683,149 signatures it needs to get the measure before voters. In a statement about the Supreme Court decision the organization said that it "is confident" that it will be able to meet that required number of signatures. Currently, it says it has gathered 900,000 signatures, although not all of them may be valid – only signatures from Florida residents registered to vote in the state count toward the total. 

If you want to sign the petition, you can print one out here and mail it to United for Care. 

The last time United for Care attempted to get a medical marijuana measure on the ballot was 2014, and state Attorney General Pam Bondi went on an unsuccessful crusade to block it from seeing the light of day. In the end, the measure did make it to the ballot, and after an aggressive opposition campaign bankrolled by Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, it was defeated. 

"In 2014, four of seven Supreme Court justices approved our ballot language and 58 percent of Floridians voted 'yes,'" United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara said in a statement today. "This time, all seven justices approved our language and we feel strongly that well over the required 60 percent of Floridians will vote 'yes' for a comprehensive and compassionate medical marijuana law."


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