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Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment (2012)

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A Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

The measure would have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. More specifically, the proposed amendment would have allowed patients to use marijuana if prescribed by a doctor but would not have allowed smoking in public places. Additionally, it would not have required insurance companies to cover it and employers wouldn't have been required to allow employees to smoke pot on the job.[1]

According to reports, it was estimated that the measure would generate $5 million to $12 million a year in tax revenue.[2]

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Jeff Clemens.

If the bill was referred to the ballot, it would have required 60 percent voter approval for adoption.

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See also: Florida law for legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment required approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the House and the Senate. The proposal died in committee in May 2011.

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