In a heartbreaking defeat that will only serve as fuel for future efforts, Florida Amendment 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.