More Than a Million Signatures Puts Medical Marijuana on Ballot

By: Matt Horne
By: Matt Horne

More than 1 million signatures have been collected and are being verified.

At midday Wednesday, the United for Care group was 80 thousand signatures short of making the ballot, but verification will continue through the end of the month.

“This just shows the will of the people, which is really what the petition drive is all about," said Michael Krehl, Medical Marijuana Supporter.

The battle isn’t only taking place with petition drives across the state; the battle is also brewing among the state’s top leaders and those running for office.

“I support it. I think it's the right thing to do. It is out of compassion and I'm glad John's doing it," said Charlie Crist, Former Governor/Gubernatorial Candidate.

“I've said all along I'm against illegal drug use, I've watched how it impacts families," said Gov. Rick Scott.

Even if the number of valid signatures is reached, the final say rests with Florida Supreme Court.

Justices heard arguments in December. They can throw out the proposed amendment is they decide it covers more than one subject or if the ballot language is misleading.”

A Quinnipiac University Poll shows more than 80 percent of Floridians support medical marijuana…positive reinforcement for those collecting signatures.

Krehl said, “This is good for the people; this is what the state of Florida needs for medicine, for jobs, for the well-being of the state.”

20 states already allow medical marijuana, an additional six states have pending legislation to legalize the drug for medicinal purposes.

The Florida Supreme Court has until April 1st to make a decision on medical marijuana.


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