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Marijuana Legalization: Florida Petition Has Almost One Million Demanding Medical Pot

Marijuana Legalization: Florida Petition Has Almost One Million Demanding Medical Pot

When it comes to marijuana legalization, Florida is poised to let the people decide the issue of medical marijuana. The petition to allow a vote on the issue in the November, 2014 state elections appears to have gathered the required number of signatures.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, recreational marijuana is being openly sold and enjoyed in Colorado while marijuana legalization advocates in Alabama are being arrested. Colorado has sold over $1 million of cannabis on the first day, but at the same time, people were spreading a hoax about 37 deaths being caused by marijuana overdoses.

The first attempt to legalize medical marijuana for those suffering from debilitating medical conditions was started by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens, who introduced “The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.” If passed, it would have allowed Floridians to privately possess up to four ounces of marijuana and grow up to eight marijuana plants. A poll conducted in the beginning of 2013 on behalf of People United for Medical Marijuana showed that 70 percent of Florida voters supported a plan to amend the state constitution in favor of marijuana legalization. Almost a year later, this percentage has increased to over 82% of Florida voters.

People United For Medical Marijuana is the same organization responsible for the Florida marijuana legalization petition. In order to sign it, you must be a Florida resident and mail a signed form to them. Even though that sounds like a hassle, Ben Pollara, campaign director for the marijuana legalization effort, says they’ve already collected signatures from about five percent of the Florida population:

“We have collected close to 900,000 and by Monday or Tuesday of next week, we should be close to 1 million. We are going to make it.”

Their staff is apparently very busy verifying the sudden deluge of signed petitions, which took off after Christmas. The proposed constitutional amendment only needs 683,149 valid voter signatures in order to get on the November ballot, but they’re hoping to get over 1,050,000 signed petitions since their rejection rate is around 29 percent.

In addition, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has argued before the Florida Supreme Court that the ballot language is “confusing” and is attempting to derail the entire effort. State Solicitor General Allen Winsor argues, “You don’t even have to have a disease to get marijuana, the way this amendment is worded.” He also believes the amendment implies Florida is usurping federal law, which currently is strictly against marijuana usage in any form.

In order for the marijuana legalization effort in Florida to succeed, the petition will not only need to get on the ballot, but also receive at least 60 percent of the votes. If that happens, medical marijuana would become legal with doctor’s approval, and state-regulated dispensaries will be allowed.

The amendment specifically lists cancer, glaucoma and Parkinson’s disease and “conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.” But growing marijuana for recreational or personal medical use would still be illegal.

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12 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization: Florida Petition Has Almost One Million Demanding Medical Pot”

  1. Brian Kelly B Bizzle

    The "War on Marijuana" has been a complete and utter failure. It is the largest component of the broader yet equally unsuccessful "War on Drugs" that has cost our country over a trillion dollars.

    Instead of The United States wasting Billions upon Billions of more dollars fighting a never ending "War on Marijuana", lets generate Billions of dollars, and improve the deficit instead. It's a no brainer.

    The Prohibition of Marijuana has also ruined the lives of many of our loved ones. In numbers greater than any other nation, our loved ones are being sent to jail and are being given permanent criminal records which ruin their chances of employment for the rest of their lives, and for what reason?

    Marijuana is way safer, and healthier to consume than alcohol. Yet do we lock people up for choosing to drink?

    Marijuana is the safest and healthiest intoxicant known to man, with many wonderful medical benefits as well.

    Even The President of the United States himself has used marijuana. Has it hurt his chances at succeeding in life? If he had gotten caught by the police during his college years, he may have very well still been in prison today! Beyond that, he would then be fortunate to even be able to find a minimum wage job that would consider hiring him with a permanent criminal record. Let's end this hypocrisy now!

    The government should never attempt to legislate morality by creating victim-less "crimes" because it simply does not work and costs the taxpayers a fortune.

    Marijuana Legalization Nationwide is an inevitable reality that's approaching much sooner than prohibitionists think and there is nothing they can do to stop it!

    Legalize Nationwide! Support Each and Every Marijuana Legalization Initiative!

  2. Knowa Knowa

    The Battle of Waterloo was Napoleon attempt to keep the Czar from selling Russian hemp to the British.

  3. Ben Murk

    Really why is a LAWYER up there trying to decide what drug a doctor can prescribe a person? They already perscribe deadly, toxic, dangerous, addictive drugs for the dumbest shit, I think getting medical marijuana for any condition would be best. "Oh your 8 year old has ADD, here give him some meth (ritalin)" "Oh, you fell and hurt your hand, here have some synthetic heroin (oxycodone)" "Oh, you're depressed, here have some xanax, please don't snort it!!!" Depression is a debilitating condition in my opinion. It prevents you from being successful and getting ahead, it can lead to hurting yourself, or others, or suicide if not treated properly. If a doctor sees fit to recommend marijuana edibles to one of his patients instead of toxic, expensive, unnatural, addicting substances, like Xanax, or Zoloft (which actually causes suicidal tendencies in depression patients as a side effect, go figure) he has every right to prescribe such medication! Less likely this depressed patient will use his medication to kill himself, since marijuana is a medication you can NOT overdose on. This makes it already a safer choice than anything we currently prescribe to anyone, or sell over the counter for that matter. How about this, its natural, it will actually work! The human brain is run by cannabinoid receptors, it is literally a great medicine. How is this self righteous lawyer going to get in the way of allowing patients the right to be healthy and live a normal life??? And yea, maybe a few people who aren't sick are going to slip through the cracks but so what! They are already smoking pot anyway. That's one less person we have spend tax dollars arresting and prosecuting, one less dollar that will go to criminal gangs and will add revenue to the State of Florida! This is the smart choice, everyone knows it!!!

  4. Johnny Blaze

    Over one million signed petitions and over 80% approval rate. Voting Medical Cannabis in is not the only thing that will be done in the voting booth this year….record turnout = new career for one Ms. Pam Bondi….. Guaranteed. The People are taking back their state and some corrections need to be made via the greatest process in the world!

  5. Sylvia Celeste

    Who has Pam Bondi on "Their" payroll?How can this lady fight common senseand what is ggood for the people. CIG/Alcohol already getting themselves in Marijuana business and of course they got approval to bld and sell to other countries. Phillip/Morris ownes property in Humboldt Co. While I wonder if my husband whom has Stage 4 cancer will get the relief/help he needs.

  6. Janice Poole

    I'm in Florida, and we are trying very hard to get this on the ballot. It may be difficult, because Florida is still in the dark ages.
    https://www.facebook.com/events/234495780052090/

    http://bit.ly/1cTd3db
    Please share with every Florida registered voter you know. Thank you so much:)
    Click here and print out the blank petition, just fill it out, all instructions are included. Thank you for your help:) Please put it in the mail today! Today is the last day to put your vote in the mail, for it to count, so this is urgent!

    Please Florida residents…Please sign the petition for medical marijuana. Print it out and sign it and send it in. Just one stamp and a moment of your time can make a difference for many people. Please print it out right now. We all need to join together as one and help those who need medical marijuana. You may be the next one who may need it for severe pain or cancer, etc. The deadline is now because everything needs to be counted. Thank you
    God Bless you for your compassion and understanding! Let’s make Florida the best State for tourists, and the best Constitutional Law abiding State in the Union:)

  7. Steven K Kenner

    I think if the residents of Florida want pot legalized, they better start first by endorsing and contributing to political candidates who can help change the laws. They need to start at the top by getting rid of Governor Scott who's family makes money off of drug testing……

  8. Bruce McLaughlin

    Even though Pam Bondi is a fox, she has NO RIGHT to deny anyone to vote on ANY issue. It's the PEOPLES RIGHT to enact the laws of this land, if it serves the greater good.
    If people want to vote on the legalization of weed, LET THEM VOTE it in or out. PERIOD.