Petitioners get medical marijuana on 2016 ballot
After collecting enough petition signatures, a medical marijuana amendment will appear on the ballot in November, the Florida Division of Elections confirmed Wednesday.
People United for Medical Marijuana sponsored the measure, with Orlando-based attorney John Morgan at the head of the group.
The measure “allows medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating medical conditions as determined by a licensed Florida physician,” according to the Florida Division of Elections.
The news comes after a failed attempt by the People United for Medical Marijuana in 2014, when the group fell short of the 60 percent needed to pass a constitutional amendment, only gathering 57.6 percent of the vote.
NORML, a UCF student organization working toward cannabis reform, supports the advancement.
“NORML will do its best to educate the UCF students and community about the amendment,” said Marco Michilli, director of communications for NORML. “We will also be focusing on getting students registered to vote.”
There are 23 states that have passed laws allowing medical marijuana. Four of those states have legalized marijuana in all cases.
At the present time, Florida only allows the use of a low-THC form of marijuana, nicknamed Charlotte’s Web, for patients.
Matthew Saunders is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow him on Twitter at @ClassicSmit or email him at MatthewS@CentralFloridaFuture.com