Olin Gilbert

A medical cannabis proposal has met the required number of signatures to get on the ballot in Florida. The proposal, entitled “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” has garnered more than the mandatory 683,149 signatures, and will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 2.

The amendment has already been approved by the Florida Supreme Court by a 7-0 margin.

John B. Morgan, an Orlando-based attorney and chairman of United for Care, the organization that helped fund the signature-gathering campaign, said that “compassion is coming. This November, Florida will pass this law and hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering people will see relief. What Tallahassee politicians refused to do, the people will do together in this election.”

Florida voters defeated a previous attempt to legalize medical cannabis by the ballot box in 2014, in large part because of an anti-legalization push by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. Morgan said this time will be different:

“Our language is stronger than in 2014 and it shows. Pam Bondi didn’t challenge us this time. The Court approved our language unanimously. The people of Florida are compassionate. We will win this election for the really sick people in our state.”

Morgan is also banking on a high voter turnout in 2016, a presidential election year, to help the ballot get approved. “The more turnout there is in the state of Florida, the better chance this has. And turnout in a presidential election will be gigantic,” he said.

 

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