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.
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 this November, Amendment 2 would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for those with a qualifying medical condition such as cancer, glaucoma or chronic pain. The proposal would authorize state-licensed dispensaries to distribute cannabis to patients.