Initiative to Legalize Medical Cannabis Receives Approval from Florida Secretary of State
United for Care, the group behind the initiative, is also the group behind Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis that received 58% of the vote in last year’s election, though wasn’t passed into law as it needed 60% (given it was a constitutional amendment). The new proposal, which was filed this week, is almost identical to Amendment 2, with a few minor changes such as requiring minors to receive parental consent before becoming a registered medical cannabis patient.
As with Amendment 2, the new proposal would legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries would also be legalizing, giving patients a means of safe access to their medicine.
“3,370,761 people – almost 58% voted for medical marijuana in Florida in 2014”, said Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care in a Friday press release. “This total – half a million more than Gov. Rick Scott and almost 900k more than voted “no” – is clear proof that the people of Florida want a medical marijuana law.”
The group will be required to collect roughly 700,000 signatures by February 1st, 2016 in order to put the initiative to a vote in the 2016 general election.