Medical marijuana will have a chance once again in the Sunshine State this year, thanks to the Florida Right to Medical Marijuana, also known as Amendment 2. The same initiative came on the ballot back in 2014 in Florida, but sadly was just shy of receiving the support it required to pass. Many believe this was due to the voter turnout that year. Many people are very hopeful for a larger turnout this year, as it is a presidential election year. Presidential elections tend to bring more people to the ballots, and this is especially true for younger voters.
As they did two years ago, voters in Florida will again have a chance to decide on medical marijuana legalization this November.
The group United for Care is the same group that was almost successful in 2014, getting nearly 58% of the vote (60% is needed for the constitutional amendment United is trying to pass). They are backed with heavy financial firepower in the person of Orlando lawyer John Morgan, who has spent millions trying to bring relief to patients in his state.
A Florida man who says he was growing 15 cannabis plants as medicine for his sick wife will spend at least three years in prison after a jury convicted him of marijuana trafficking and operating a grow house.
Ricardo Varona was arrested in July of 2014 after police found a cannabis grow operation in his second floor bedroom. Authorities say the 15 plants yielded over 30 pounds of useable marijuana — way too much for the needs of his wife in their eyes.
The group Regulate Florida has gotten approval from the Department of State, Division of Elections in Florida to begin gathering signatures for their recreational cannabis legalization measure in an attempt to get it on the 2016 ballot.
A political committee in Florida known as Sensible Florida has started a push to get their initiative – known as “Regulate Florida” – on the 2016 ballot. Exact language has not been released yet, but the goal is to legalize and regulate marijuana sales and possession for all adults in the state.