MMJ Will Be on Florida’s Ballot in November

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  MMJ Will Be on Florida’s Ballot in November

Posted by CN Staff on January 28, 2016 at 05:30:17 PT
By Michael Auslen 
Source: Miami Herald 

Tallahassee -- Floridians will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state.On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to describe marijuana for people with “debilitating conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.
“This November, Florida will pass this law and hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering people will see relief,” Orlando lawyer John Morgan said in a written statement. “What Tallahassee politicians refused to do, the people will do together in this election.”Morgan is the chairman of United for Care, the group behind the amendment, and has bankrolled it to this point, contributing nearly all of its $3.3 million in donations.Legalizing medical marijuana has been a contentious issue for years in Florida politics as 23 states and Washington, D.C., have approved the drug for medical use and voters in four have legalized it for recreation.A similar amendment gained the support of 58 percent of voters in 2014, falling just shy of the required 60 percent threshold to amend the state constitution.But Morgan said he’s convinced this year will be different.“Our language is stronger than in 2014 and it shows,” Morgan said. “The people of Florida are compassionate. We will win this election for the really sick people in our state.”As of Wednesday night, county supervisors of elections had submitted 692,981 signed petitions on behalf of the medical marijuana initiative, more than enough to qualify for the ballot. The Florida Supreme Court approved the proposed language for the amendment last year without any opposition from Attorney General Pam Bondi, who tried to stop the 2014 attempt.In Tallahassee, state lawmakers are considering legislation that would expand existing, limited medical cannabis laws. A 2014 law allows certain patients to use strains of cannabis low in the euphoric chemical THC. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, want that expanded to allow people with terminal illnesses to use full-fledged medical marijuana.Only one other constitutional amendment has gotten enough petition support: an initiative backed by utility companies that reiterates existing state regulations. That ballot question has not yet been cleared by the Supreme Court.With a Jan. 31 deadline for petitions, it is unlikely any others will cross the 683,149 threshold required to appear on the ballot.Source: Miami Herald (FL)Author: Michael AuslenPublished: January 27, 2016Copyright: 2016 The Miami HeraldContact: heralded herald.comURL: Medical Marijuana Archives 

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Comment #7 posted by Canis420 on February 07, 2016 at 02:11:06 PT:

Florida smh
Its not a done deal here. there are a lot of old ppl here who vote. Who have been indoctrinated in the lies. Another ten years until that mentality is dead...jus sayin
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on February 02, 2016 at 14:29:09 PT

I know other people in the head and neck cancer group I joined have had insurance refuse the feeding tube. It cost $3000. Lou is very grateful for Obamacare since before chemo and radiation treatment started it has paid 100,000 dollars already. If he gets really sick and is hospitalized because of no food or fluid they will put it in then I think.

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Comment #5 posted by Hope on February 02, 2016 at 08:05:08 PT

Oh my gosh!
What is happening? Why is this horror happening to so many people? 
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on February 01, 2016 at 20:09:15 PT

Thank you. He can no longer eat and almost not able to drink even water. They are trying to find a doctor to put in a stomach feeding tube that takes his insurance but so far they haven't been able too. He can barely talk now. My sister and niece are arriving tomorrow and my niece is a great nurse and hopefully she will be able to help him with this major and life threatening problem. He has dropped a lot of weight already. We need health care for everyone. 
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 01, 2016 at 16:49:58 PT

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I'm very sorry to hear that your nephew has such a struggle on his hands. I pray that he has the strength and power to persevere and overcome the sickness he's fighting.Yesterday or the day before, I thought I had already posted about this, but obviously, I hadn't gotten it completely posted. I hope he and his team beat it. They can. It happens a lot these days.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on January 28, 2016 at 08:36:15 PT

War stopping sick feel euphoric.
Florida will likely do it this time.Exactly what kind of people fight to keep sick citizens from feeling "euphoric?"Exactly what kind of people want to cage sick citizens who use what God indicates He created and says is good on the 1st page of the Bible.-0-NO! You must live in pain!
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on January 28, 2016 at 05:34:18 PT

I Hope
My nephew in Florida has been through 14 radiation treatments and 3 chemos for neck and throat cancer so far. The pain is unbearable. The only thing that gave him any relief was a little marijuana. I hope and pray this passes this year.
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