Florida Supreme Court Ruling: Medical Marijuana Will Be Included on the Ballot
Posted on January 28, 2014 by Jeffrey FeilerAfter a divided Florida Supreme Court ruled on January 27, 2014, that the ballot language for a proposed constitutional amendment meets all legal requirements, Floridians will vote on medical marijuana next November. United for Care turned in more than enough valid signatures last week to force a vote. Court approval of the ballot was barely met with a 4-3 decision.
Florida could become the first Southern state to legalize use of medical marijuana if at least 60 percent of voters agree in November. This amendment will allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions with a doctor's recommendation and will also permit medical marijuana sale through dispensaries.
California was the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996 and 20 more states have joined including the District of Columbia. An increasing body of science shows that chemical substances found in pot can be helpful. Patients suffering multiple sclerosis, cancer, and other serious diseases say marijuana eases their affliction in ways that prescription medicine does not.
This is a turning point for Floridians, especially for those suffering from debilitating conditions and illnesses. Soon, Florida will most likely be allowing doctors to prescribe what is in the best interests of their patients.
Jeffrey Feiler is a well-known Miami Criminal Lawyer who has been successfully defending the rights of clients for over 30 years with a reputation for getting impressive results.