Florida Votes To Legalize Medical Cannabis – SELF
On election day, voters in Florida passed Amendment 2, a state measure that legalizes medical cannabis (medical marijuana). The measure passed with 71 percent support from voters, clinching the 60 percent support needed for it to pass, according to the Washington Post. The state voted on a similar proposal just two years ago, but it only earned 58-percent support from voters. The passing of Amendment 2 makes Florida the 26th state to legalize medical marijuana, along with Washington, D.C. Florida’s also the first southern state to make it legal.
Currently in Florida, the laws only legalize “non-smoked, low-THC pot for patients with cancer or ailments that cause chronic seizures or severe spasms,” according to NBC Miami. Amendment 2 will expand the laws to make it legal for people with 10 different illnesses—including cancer, HIV/AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder, and Parkinson’s—or similar ailments to use medical cannabis if it’s prescribed by a doctor. Florida’s Department of Health will regulate the production and distribution of the medical marijuana.
Florida is just one of a few states with marijuana issues on the ballot. Montana and North Dakota also voted on legalizing medical marijuana and Massachusetts, Maine, California, Nevada, and Arizona are voting on legalizing recreational marijuana (results are still pending).