Medical Marijuana Supporters Take First Step to Getting Amendment Back on Ballot in 2016

Medical Marijuana Supporters Take First Step to Getting Amendment Back on Ballot in 2016
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Medical marijuana supporters have officially started to repack their bowls for 2016.

Attorney and main supporter John Morgan has officially filed a new amendment with the Florida Secretary of State today with hope of getting it on the ballot in time for the next presidential election.

See also: Don't Worry, Florida, Medical Marijuana Will Be Back in Two Years and Will Probably Pass

Early polling showed medical marijuana passing easily, with support topping at 90 percent in some polls. However, that was before a well-funded opposition campaign, complete with scare tactics, kicked into full gear. That combined with the fact that young voters couldn't bother to come out to vote in a midterm election sealed Amendment 2's fate.

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It ended up missing the 60 percent threshold by less than 2.5 percent.

Morgan is now going to try again, but he warns to the Miami Herald that if it fails this time he won't try for a third time. Though, he's said he's learned from his mistakes the first time around.

This time, he'll target older voters and not count so much on young people.

The new amendment also has significant changes. The new language specifically names which debilitating conditions are eligible to be treated by marijuana, forces the Department of Health to clarify standards for caregivers who can dispense medical marijuana to patients, and mandates that the DOH must verify parental consent for any underage patients.

Now Morgan just has to collect enough signatures and gain approval from court before the amendment is placed on the 2016 ballot.

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