Medical marijuana supporters claim signature victory

CREATED Jan. 16, 2014

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FLORIDA-- Supporters of medical marijuana announced they've collected enough signatures to get the issue on Florida's 2014 ballot in November.  

According to Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, organizers have collected more than 1.1 million signatures.

"This is an enormous victory," Pollara said in a statement.

The group needed 683,189 voter signatures to get the amendment on the ballot.  Elections supervisors will need to verify the signatures before moving forward.  Once that happens, the Florida Supreme Court has to approve the language in the amendment. 

"It's a sign that there's a very serious interest in it," said FGCU Political Science Professor Peter Bergerson, speaking of the signatures collected.  

Bergerson said Florida is mirroring the movements in other states to decriminalize marijuana. If the issue does get on the ballot, he believes 18-30 year olds would be the key voters in getting the amendment passed. 

Either way, Bergerson predicts a surge in campaign messages from both sides of the debate.