Florida Supreme Court Sends Marijuana Amendment to Ballot
The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision Monday, approved the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state.
The ruling means the proposal will go before voters during the Nov. 4 election.
Attorney General Pam Bondi led the effort to keep the amendment off the ballot, arguing the summary of the amendment was “misleading” to voters.
But the majority of justices did not agree with that view, noting that while they had no opinion on the merits of the amendment itself, the description of it was sound.
In the ruling, the Court wrote: “By reading the proposed amendment as a whole and construing the ballot title together with the ballot summary, we hold that the voters are given fair notice as to the chief purpose and scope of the proposed amendment, which is to allow a restricted use of marijuana for certain debilitating medical conditions.”
Just last week, the amendment proposal got enough signatures to qualify for the ballot.
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.
Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana. His Democrats challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.