Push for "medical" marijuana amendment gets pushback from legislators

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Thursday, October 31, 2013 1:49 pm

The push to put marijuana on the Florida ballot next year gets pushback from legislators. House and senate leaders say they will ask the state supreme court to block the amendment from going on the ballot, saying it would mislead voters, and open the door for anyone to smoke pot.

Lawmakers have not acted to pass a law to allow what supporters call medical marijuana, so they're doing an end run around the legislature to put the issue directly on the ballot. Orlando attorney John Morgan has poured money into the campaign to legalize marijuana for medical uses, and paid for radio ads featuring his voice asking people to sign petitions to get the matter onto the ballot.

Legislators, including State Rep. Doug Holder, (R-Osprey), believe the ballot language may mislead voters. Last week Attorney General Pam Bondi also asked the state supreme court to strike the measure, saying that its language was not clear.

Rules of Conduct

  • 1 Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
  • 2 Don't Threaten or Abuse. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated. AND PLEASE TURN OFF CAPS LOCK.
  • 3 Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
  • 4 Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
  • 5 Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
  • 6 Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

Welcome to the discussion.

Right Now

weather

Today

weather
70°
Details

Tomorrow

weather
72°
Details

Today

weather
75°
Details

Today

weather
72°
Details

SUBMIT PHOTOS & VIDEOS | VIEW ALL PHOTOS & VIDEOS

Send your photos & videos to Pix@MySuncoast.com and you could be featured on ABC 7 & our website.