Florida Progress

In the very near future, Floridians will get the opportunity to decide on a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to permit the physician-authorized use and distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes in their state. The aforementioned ballot measure, entitled the “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions,” will appear before Florida voters as Amendment 2 this November.

Proponents of the measure, United for Care, were able to collect 709,359 as of February 1st 2016. This figure trumps the required number of 683,000 signatures to position the measure on the November ballot, the Florida Division of Elections has confirmed.

The passage of this amendment would permit qualified patients to possess and obtain cannabis from state-licensed facilities. According to a November poll, 62 percent of Florida voters say that they support the passage of the amendment; although according to Florida law, 60 percent of voters must approve a constitutional amendment in order for it to become law.

This thin margin of approval lingers on the horizon, while the previous November 2014 ballot saw Floridians narrowly reject a similar amendment; receiving 57.6 percent of the necessary 60 percent vote. Only time will tell, but our fingers are crossed for the approval of safe access to cannabis for Floridians in 2016!

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