An initiative to legalize medical cannabis has received approval from Florida’s Secretary of State, giving advocates the go-ahead to begin collecting signatures.
United for Care, the group behind the initiative, is also the group behind Amendment 2, an initiative to legalize medical cannabis that received 58% of the vote in last year’s election, though wasn’t passed into law as it needed 60% (given it was a constitutional amendment). The new proposal is almost identical to Amendment 2, with a few minor changes such as requiring minors to receive parental consent before becoming a registered medical cannabis patient.
As with Amendment 2, the new proposal would legalize the possession and use of medical cannabis for those who receive a recommendation from a physician. Dispensaries would also be legalizing, giving patients a means of safe access to their medicine.
“3,370,761 people – almost 58% voted for medical marijuana in Florida in 2014″, said Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager for United for Care in a Friday press release. “This total – half a million more than Gov. Rick Scott and almost 900k more than voted “no” – is clear proof that the people of Florida want a medical marijuana law.”
The group will be required to collect roughly 700,000 signatures by February 1st, 2016 in order to put the initiative to a vote in the 2016 general election.
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