Florida Will Vote on Legalizing Medical Marijuana With Amendment … – Motherboard
It’s tough times here in the key battleground state of Florida, there’s only one option on the ballot to push marijuana legalization forward: the Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Medical Conditions, otherwise known as Amendment 2. The more liberal use act, The Florida Cannabis Act (#15-19), will not be on the November 8th ballot.
Under Amendment 2, marijuana will be considered a legal treatment for patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV, AIDS, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
In Florida, early elections have already kicked off, and a 60 percent supermajority vote is needed for the amendment to pass. But voters in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., are reporting that Amendment 2 is not even on their ballots, according to Fox 13, which could be a problematic legal issue beyond marijuana legislation.
Amendment 2 was voted on in 2014, and lost, but went all the way to the Florida Supreme Court. Despite strong opposition by conservatives like Florida’s Attorney General Pam Bondi in the past, there is much more support for Amendment 2 this time around.
Brian Johnson (not real name), 34, a South Florida musician and Type 1 diabetic, has a prescription for medical marijuana. Image: Zak Bennett
Republicans like Republican Senator Marco Rubio are open to limited medical marijuana, and earlier this year Republican Governor Rick Scott signed a bill that allows terminally ill patients to have access to marijuana as they try to ease suffering. Also in support of medical marijuana legalization is long-time Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, who told the Tampa Bay Times in 2014 that cannabis is a powerful medicine used by many people in desperate situations.
John Barnes, 29, a Jacksonville, Fla. resident and republican, voted against Amendment 2 in 2014, but is planning to