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Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 (2014)

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A Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative may appear on the November 4, 2014, ballot in the state of Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment. If enacted this measure would allow for the cultivation, purchase, possession and use of marijuana to treat certain medical conditions when recommneded by a physician. The amendment was introduced by People United for Medical Marijuana on March 26, 2009.[1][2]

Support

The petition drive is sponsored by People United for Medical Marijuana.

Supporters

Arguments

  • Kim Russell, founder of People United for Medical Marijuana, said that she began legalization efforts shortly after her father was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Some research claims that the drug can help alleviate the symptoms. In response to claims that politics is the motivating factor, Russell says, "It's freedom and it's also compassion."[4]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Florida Constitution

In order to qualify for the 2014 ballot supporters are required to collect a minimum of 683,149 valid signatures by the petition drive deadline on February 1, 2014.

Supporters reported in August 2013 that they had collected at least 110,000 signatures, enough to trigger a Florida Supreme Court ruling on the measure's constitutionality. Because of the cost of circulating petitions, supporters said they were pausing all petitioning activity until the measure gains the court's approval.[5]

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