Medical marijuana makes it onto November 2016 ballot


It's official: The medical marijuana initiative is returning to Florida's November ballot. 

Floridians will get to decide on the constitutional amendment that would allow licensed Florida physicians to prescribe marijuana to people with debilitating medical conditions such as HIV, cancer, glaucoma, PTSD and Crohn's disease, according to a press release from People United for Medical Marijuana, also known as United for Care. 

The amendment collected 692,982 signatures, more than the 683,149 required to be on the ballot. 

“Compassion is coming,” says Orlando attorney and chairman for the group John Morgan in a statement. “This November, Florida will pass this law and hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering people will see relief. What Tallahassee politicians refused to do, the people will do together in this election.”

The Miami Herald reports Morgan has contributed most of the initiative's donations, which amount to $3.3 million. Morgan and United for Care got a similar amendment on the ballot in 2014, but it failed to get the required 60 percent of voter support. 

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