Medical Marijuana Amendment Qualifies for Ballot in Florida

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In Florida, a constitutional ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana in the state has officially garnered the number of signatures required to qualify for the 2016 ballot. The initiative will appear on the November ballot as Amendment 2, bearing the same name as a previous measure in 2014.

Amendment 2 will need to earn 60 percent of the vote in order to pass, which has proven to be a difficult threshold. The previous medical marijuana amendment in 2014 failed with 58 percent of the vote.

Advocates have hoped to overcome this threshold by tightening the language in the amendment, which was the chief complaint opponents issued against the previous initiative.

“Compassion is coming,” said John Morgan, chairman of United for Care, the medical marijuana advocacy organization behind the initiative. “This November, Florida will pass this and hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering people will see relief.”

William Sumner is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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