Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Florida

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Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Filed in Florida

United for Careflorida, the group behind Florida’s Amendment 2 which failed narrowly in last year’s general election despite receiving 58% of the vote (it needed 60% as it was a constitutional amendment), has filed a new initiative with the Secretary of State with the goal of putting it to a vote of the people in 2016. The proposal would legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis for those with debilitating conditions such as cancer and HIV/AIDS, and would authorize dispensaries to distribute the medicine.

“Last time I did this, it was like a maze,” says John Morgan, head of United for Care who put in over $4 million of his own money into putting medical cannabis to a vote in 2014, and advertising for its passage. “Well, I’ve been through it once. I know how to do this. We made a lot of mistakes and we won’t make them this time.”

Although the new initiative is nearly identical to Amendment 2, a few minor changes were made, such as making it clear that a minor would need parental consent to become a medical cannabis patient.

“The voters of Florida clearly want a medical marijuana law and we intend to pass one, whether in the Legislature this session or on the ballot in 2016,” says Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care.

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Once advocates receive approval from the state to begin collecting signatures, they’ll have until February 1st, 2016 to collect 683,140 valid signatures (from registered Florida voters).



  • Michelle Strozier
    January 10, 2015

    hello, I wish they do it this time around. I hoped they would make it open to all diseases and illnesses and not have a narrow list of people it would help. I know many in chronic pain that would benefit and others with diseases not on the list that it would help. I wish they would widen the list for those that it can help in Florida. Good luck in 2015 or 2016!!!

  • Joe Salmons
    January 15, 2015

    this will probably not be enacted until Nov 2016. more people will be out, especially more younger voters. It seems to me that since there are more seniors who would benefit from this, it should have been a landslide. Of course when the devil tells lies, sheep will follow. what really made this fail was the specific lie about children being able to waltz into a dispensary and get weed. Seriously. I have been to hundreds of dispensaries. The security, especially in CO, is excellent. they dont mess around. Your local drug dealer does not card. Please remember this.

    For those in florida looking for relief I would recommend checking out CTI florida We work along side them and they do a great job at helping patients

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