Florida medical marijuana initiative tops 500K signatures

Florida medical marijuana initiative tops 500K signatures

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Florida medical marijuana measure gathers more than 500,000 signatures Florida medical marijuana proposal collects 900K signatures, moves closer to 2016 state ballot Medical marijuana advocacy group United for Care announced Tuesday that it has collected 900,000 signatures to put a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana on Florida’s ballot in 2016, as reported by WJCT . The group says it’s collected far more valid signatures than the 683,149 required by state law to put its medical marijuana proposal on state ballots, as reported by Law360 . United for Care aims to collect a total of one million signatures to ensure they have enough valid signatures because 20 to 25 percent of submitted petition signatures are typically rejected, according to the Orlando Business Journal . Per Orlando Business Journal: Campaign manager Ben Pollara , of medical marijuana advocacy organization United for Care, told OBJ that since some signatures do not pass the validation process — due to someone signing more than once, for instance — the campaign is aiming to collect 1 million signatures. A medical marijuana constitutional amendment that appeared before voters on Florida’s 2014 ballot failed to garner the 60 percent of votes needed to pass. United for Care seems more confident this time around, noting on its website that data shows seven out of 10 Florida voters surveyed across all parties support medical marijuana in the state. Florida has already passed a CBD-only law, which allows for the nonpsychoactive cannabis compound CBD to be used for treatment of several serious conditions and diseases, but implementation has been delayed by a number of lawsuits, as reported by WJCT . ________________________________________________________ View gallery: Handy guide to 24 states where medical marijuana is legal

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