United for Care, a nonprofit organization working to place a medical cannabis legalization initiative on the 2016 general election ballot, has collected enough signatures to do just that, says the groups founder John Morgan.
In total, the group has collected 900,000 signatures, well more than the 683,149 needed to put the initiative to a vote of the people. However, considering that some of the signatures may not be valid, the group is continuing to collect signatures until they reach their goal of 1 million.
United for Care was the primary sponsored of 2014’a Amendment 2, a medical cannabis initiative that received 58% of the vote at the ballots, but failed to pass as it required 60% (being a constitutional amendment). The group has made some slight alterations to the measure, and is confident that it now has the support needed to pass the 60% threshold.
If passed into law, the initiative would legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician, while simultaneously establishing a system of licensed dispensaries.