FLORIDA: Buoyed by a last-minute flood of signatures, the group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Florida says it now has enough petitions to force a vote in November.
Elections officials are scrambling to see if that is true.
“We have collected close to 900,000 and by Monday or Tuesday of next week, we should be close to 1 million,” said Ben Pollara, campaign director for United for Care said Thursday. “We are going to make it.”
The initiative, largely bankrolled by Orlando attorney John Morgan, was in serious jeopardy in mid December, when it was hundreds of thousands of signatures short with only about a month left.
Then Morgan opened the money spigot — raising pay for professional petition gatherers from $1 a signature to as much as $4, hiring people from around the country to solicit signatures outside courthouses, restaurants, stores and post offices.