Gov. Scott will vote against medical marijuana

CREATED Jan. 21, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott will vote against a proposed constitutional amendment to allow the medical use of marijuana if it makes the 2014 ballot.

Scott said through a spokeswoman Tuesday that he has empathy for people battling difficult diseases, but he's also seen the damage drug abuse can do.

Scott previously has said he is opposed to "illegal drug abuse" and he's supported Attorney General Pam Bondi's challenge to keep the proposal off the ballot based on its summary language.

But he's been less specific about the medical marijuana issue.

Scott, though, says he will respect the will of voters if they approve a medical marijuana amendment.

Lawyer John Morgan is leading a petition drive that is approaching the number of signatures needed to put the issue on the ballot.

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