On December 5th the Florida Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments over a petition to place a constitutional amendment concerning medical marijuana on the November 2014 statewide ballot.
People United For Medical Marijuana is backing the United for Care medical marijuana petition, which would allow people with certain debilitating diseases to qualify for medical cannabis with a doctor’s approval. The petition needs nearly 700,000 valid signatures by February to make the ballot and PUFMM has been collecting signatures since July, racking up over 200,000 so far.
State Attorney General Pam Bondi opposes the petition making the ballot, saying its language is misleading and would lead to widespread use of marijuana by those who not qualify for it under medical guidelines. In October Bondi filed an 18-page letter with the state Supreme Court outlining her concerns.
A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows some 82% of Floridians approving of cannabis use for medical purposes.