Florida Medical Cannabis Initiative Receives Final Approval, Signature Gathering to Begin Immediately

An initiative to legalize medical cannabis in ufc-logothe State of Florida has received final approval from the Florida Department of State and may begin collecting signatures immediately. People United for Medical Marijuana, the group behind the initiative, has until February 1st to collect roughly 700,000 signatures from registered voters to put the initiative to a vote of the people in the 2014 general election.

Recent polling has found that over 70% of Floridians support legalizing medical cannabis, which would give the initiative more than enough support to garner 60% at the ballot, which is required given that the proposal is a constitutional amendment. John Morgan, an attorney who’s leading the effort and a past fundraiser for President Obama, has vowed to do “whatever it takes” to get the initiative on the ballot, and approved. He expects to spend $2 to $3 million to make the ballot, and as much as $20 million for a successful campaign.

In addition to legalize the possession and consumption of cannabis for qualified patients, it would authorize state-licensed dispensaries which would provide patients with safe access to their medicine. Although specific diseases such as cancer and glaucoma are mentioned as qualifying conditions, doctors would have the ability to prescribe cannabis to anyone who they thought would benefit from it.

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  1. Where do I sign?

    • mike on August 7, 2013 at 7:15 am
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    we think that medical marijuana should be legal ltohelp people feel better.

    • Mark on July 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm
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    I would like to know how I can help in Florida.

    • Anthony Forshey on July 12, 2013 at 9:34 pm
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    It should be legal, They give you morphine and OxyContin which is dangerous and addictive! No one has died from marijuana.

    • Ethan on July 10, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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    I moved to California because cannabis helps me handle the effects of Multiple Sclerosis. The economy has me strongly considering a move to Florida, and the notion of safely finding relief there fills me with hope.

    • Bonnie Forshey on July 10, 2013 at 6:29 pm
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    I think medical marijuana should be legalized. It would help so many people with chemo treatments, glaucoma, Hep C, anorexia, PTSD, depression, chronic pain syndrome, and so much more.

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