Florida has taken another big step towards adopting medical marijuana this year. On Monday the Florida Supreme Court approved the ballot language for an amendment to the state constitution that would legalize medical marijuana.
The ballot language was challenged by the Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi for being misleading. In a 4-3 decision the Court determined that the ballot measure met all the requirements under the law. The court found that “voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain ‘debilitating’ medical conditions. We conclude that the voters will not be affirmatively misled regarding the purpose of the proposed amendment because the ballot title and summary accurately convey the limited use of marijuana, as determined by a licensed Florida physician, that would be authorized by the amendment consistent with its intent.”
This court decision guarantees that the people of Florida will vote on medical marijuana this November. Last week state officials certified that the United for Care campaign had turned in enough valid signatures to qualify.
Polling indicates that measure is likely to get above the 60 percent needed to win approval.
Jon Walker is the author of After Legalization: Understanding the future of marijuana policy in America
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