Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative Falls Short, Advocates Will Try Again

In a heartbreaking defeat that will only serve as fuel for future efforts, Florida imageAmendment 2 has failed at the ballot. Although the initiative garnered over 55% of the vote, it didn’t reach the 60% required for it to be passed into law, given it’s a constitutional amendment.

John Morgan, founder of United for Care, the organization behind Amendment 2, says he’ll absolutely try again, with the group likely aiming to put a similar initiative on the 2016 presidential election ballot.

If approved into law, Amendment 2 would have legalized the possession and use of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for those who received a recommendation from a physician, while allowing dispensaries to distribute the medicine. Although early polling found support for medical cannabis legalization in Florida to be at close to 90%, an expensive opposition campaign quickly dropped support for the measure.

However, advocates of medical cannabis in Florida shouldn’t be discouraged, and should continue to fight for reform. Although it wasn’t achieved in this election, the results – which show that a clear majority is in support – make it clear that medical cannabis legalization is an inevitability in Florida.

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9 thoughts on “Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative Falls Short, Advocates Will Try Again”

  1. @ against it: It is a crime against humanity to deny something that would alleviate one’s pain. My IQ just dropped 10 points after reading your imbecilic drug warrior cannabis hating post.

  2. Sorry MAJORITY OF VOTERS IN FLORIDA. 57% is the majority its the same % that made it legal as Cali voters passed a defelonizing of drug possession. Its a dying shame when the MINORITY RULES AND WINS IN A DEMOCRACY. Its no wonder that Colorado has an approved list for 12,000 new patients from other states to receive THC extracts for their kids. Our population keeps increasing, unemployment going down, crime is decreasing (murders down 52% in Denver alone), traffic fatalities and suicides are down, teenage use is down and PRESCRIPTION man-made addicting killing pills in way down in Colo. since 75.5% of all medical cannabis patients no longer buy or use big pharm addicting killing dope. U all in Florida and other red states have the choice to move to 23 legal medical cannabis states and/or 4 legal recreational states.

  3. Sorry for your pain. However, legalizing a substance that has been illegal from the beginning just because of pain is wrong. Marijuana, not only impairs your ability to use sound judgement while using it, but the effects last forever because it makes you stupid. We already have a surplus of that as it is. Sorry, medical marijuana is nothing more than a cop out for just wanting to use it to get high. Take advil.

  4. This is so disappointing , I have Multiple Sclerosis and I take so much medication that medical cannabis legalization would of helped so many of us with illnesses. I hope this is continued to be fought against WE THE ILL NEED THIS … I hope noone ever has to deal with the pain that we do with these illnesses that medications are not helping , a sad day for Florida

    • Where not done… don’t you worry.. we fight ever single day for the injustice that’s thrust upon those sick and in need.. though I do not smoke I can see being the facade of lies.. we will return in 2016

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