Supreme Court OKs medical marijuana for Florida ballot

CREATED Jan. 27, 2014

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.
   
The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment.
   
The justices approved the ballot summary 4-3 just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
   
The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it's misleading.
   
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.

"This is a historic day for Florida and all the Floridians out there who are suffering from debilitating diseases and medical conditions who finally have a shot at some relief." Ben Pollara, Campaign Manager with United For Care said.

Representatives from Drug Free Collier said easier access to marijuana could open doors to bigger problems.

"All the states that have experimented with this in their own communities have all seen an increase in adolescent use of marijuana. That's an unintended consequence. We hope Florida voters take that into consideration when they go to the ballot in November." Ana Dimercurio said. 

Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana. His Democrats challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.