Medical Marijuana Petition Has Enough Valid Signatures to Put Pot on Ballot

Unless Pam Bondi or Rick Scott say otherwise, Floridians should be able to vote on medical marijuana in November. Karen Goldstein, the director of NORML in Florida, told us that a petition campaign by United for Care has collected more than 700,000 valid signatures, which was confirmed by the Florida Divisions of Elections. The goal was to collect 683,000 with a deadline of February 1st.

Although the state has given the all-clear to put the initiative on the November ballot, the Florida Supreme Court could shut the whole thing down. In the past, Attorney General Pam Bondi has said she thinks the language of the amendment will confuse voters. Goldstein claim that he reason is BS.

"If you look at the language of most amendments, they're practically unreadable," she says. "It's like double-speak, and people have no idea what they're voting on." In contrast, she says, the language of the pot bill is perfectly straight-forward.

Goldstein gives another possible reason for Republicans' opposition to the bill: It will bring a demographic of voters unfavorable to the GOP. "If this gets on the ballot, people who have been less likely to vote in the past will likely come out," she says.

The Florida Supreme Court has until April 1st to decide whether or not Floridians will be able to vote on pot.

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