Here’s What’s New In Florida’s Medical Marijuana Amendment

FLORIDA:  Medical marijuana is close to being back in the hands of Florida voters, but this time around, the amendment has new wording.

Here’s what’s new, according to Ben Pollara, campaign manager of medical marijuana organization United for Care:

  • The original amendment allowed five medical marijuana patients per caregiver, but now it says the Department of Health decides the number of patients per caregiver.
  • The Department of Health can perform background checks on caregivers, per text of the amendment.

Florida May Expand Medical-Marijuana Law

FLORIDA:  Floridians can anticipate the Legislature to ponder expanding the state’s new health-related marijuana law to enable for more potent pot that would treat other illnesses, but lawmakers could possibly 1st wait to carry out the statute the state currently has.

Final year the Legislature authorized a law that makes it possible for non-euphoric marijuana for Floridians who suffer from epilepsy, cancer and a handful of other ailments that trigger extreme seizures or spasms.

But that law, the Compassionate Healthcare Cannabis Act, has bogged down in rule-writing, unique-interest disputes, challenges and court orders. The state Department of Wellness nonetheless requirements to establish how to choose, license and regulate private corporations to grow and procedure the low-THC medical marijuana and make and sell the products.

A rule-making hearing set for early February could get it going, or could lead to a lot more delays. Important lawmakers say they are waiting to see if they need to have to step in once again.

Flurry Of Petitions Propel Medical Marijuana Toward Florida Ballot

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.

 

Florida Medical Marijuana Supporters Hold Another Day Of Action

FLORIDA:  Medical marijuana supporters are planning to be out in force this weekend.

Those pushing to place a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot have planned their second “Day of Action” on Saturday. It’s part of an ongoing effort to gather the nearly 700,000 signatures needed to put the amendment before voters.

United for Care plans to set up locations in 14 different cities, including Jacksonville, where volunteers can pick up and drop off petition forms.

Last week, organizers said they gathered close to 100,000 petitions. But supporters want to get additional signatures since it’s likely some of the petitions will be invalid. Petitions must be signed by registered voters.

In order to make the ballot the state Supreme Court must also approve the language that will go on the ballot.

Florida Medical Marijuana Supporters Hold Another Day Of Action

FLORIDA:  Medical marijuana supporters are planning to be out in force this weekend.

Those pushing to place a constitutional amendment on the 2014 ballot have planned their second “Day of Action” on Saturday. It’s part of an ongoing effort to gather the nearly 700,000 signatures needed to put the amendment before voters.

United for Care plans to set up locations in 14 different cities, including Jacksonville, where volunteers can pick up and drop off petition forms.

Last week, organizers said they gathered close to 100,000 petitions. But supporters want to get additional signatures since it’s likely some of the petitions will be invalid. Petitions must be signed by registered voters.

In order to make the ballot the state Supreme Court must also approve the language that will go on the ballot.

Groups Gathering Signatures To Legalize Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  You may have seen some petitions around town over the last few weeks. You may have even signed one. They’re part of a big push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. If that effort pays off, you’ll be voting on the issue a year from now.

You’ll see them wearing these shirts that say United for Care. They’re part of a campaign organized by People United for Medical Marijuana. At the Fort Myers Boat Show Friday, they gathered a couple hundred signatures and plan to be back out the rest of the weekend. “We are beating the streets everyday,” Larry Reposa said. [Read more…]

Florida Medical Marijuana Proposal To Be Reviewed By Supreme Court

FLORIDA: Thursday, organizers celebrated a big win for decriminalizing medical marijuana in Florida.

United For Care announced they had obtained over 100,000 signatures in one month, which is more than enough to initiate the first step in getting the initiative on the 2014 ballot: a Supreme Court review of the proposal language. [Read more…]

Clash over medical marijuana fires up in Florida

FLORIDA — Michael Derigo arrived home from a trip to the grocery store June 25 to find half a dozen police cars surrounding his mobile home in Gibsonton. A neighbor had complained about his marijuana plants.

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Clash over medical marijuana fires up in Florida

FLORIDA — Michael Derigo arrived home from a trip to the grocery store June 25 to find half a dozen police cars surrounding his mobile home in Gibsonton. A neighbor had complained about his marijuana plants.

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