With 70 percent of Floridians approving the legalizing of medical marijuana, and a drive to get it on the ballot next November as a constitutional amendment garnering over 100,000 signatures, it's safe to assume that Florida is as close as it has ever been to becoming the 21st state to legalize weed for medical purposes.
This is the good news.
The bad news? Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is looking for a way to derail the whole thing just as the petition heads to the Florida Supreme Court.
According to the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo, Bondi accused the group responsible for the petition, People United for Medical Marijuana, of "hiding the ball."
In August, People United for Medical Marijuana set about to collect signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the initiative's language. They even placed an ad on Craigslist to hire people to help get signatures.
So far, 110,000 signatures have been verified, though the group says it's more than 200,000. Either way, it was enough to get it sent to Florida's highest court to be seen and reviewed.
But Bondi, through a ruling via her office, says that the true language of the amendment is being fully revealed.
Basically, Bondi is saying that if the amendment is passed, doctors will be giving away free pot to anyone with the sniffles willy-nilly. Even kids will be able to get The Pot if this amendment is passed!
"if the amendment passed, Florida law would allow mairjuana in limitless situations," Bondi wrote. "Any physician could approve marijuana for seemingly any reason to seemingly any person (of any age) -- including those without any 'debilitating disease.' So long as a physician held the opinion that the drug use 'would likely outweigh t' the risks, Florida would be powerless to stop it."
If the court sees it Bondi's way, it'll put an end to what has been a long arduous journey to get legal medical marijuana into the hands of Floridians with debilitating diseases.
Bills to legalize pot in Florida have been constantly shot down. Now the Supreme Court is going to rule to have it appear on the ballot for people to decide.
It's kind of a big deal. One that can change things for the better.
It'll need 60 percent of the vote. And, according to recent polling, it looks like something that just might happen.
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