Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Florida To Vote on Medical Marijuana

Medicinal weed makes it onto the ballot in Florida.

Florida voters will decide whether to allow medical marijuana in the state after the Florida Supreme Court on Monday narrowly approved the wording of a ballot question.

The court’s 4-3 decision means the question on a proposed constitutional amendment can go on the ballot this November.

The citizen initiative already met the other threshold of getting more than 683,000 valid signatures.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and lawmakers had opposed the measure, saying the language was unclear and misleading in part because it did not make a difference between “diseases” and “debilitating medical conditions.”

Bondi’s brief to the court argued that by leaving “no condition off limits, physicians could authorize marijuana for anything, any time, to anyone, of any age.”

Medical marijuana is so 1996, which is when the first state — California, of course — legalized it.  Based on that timeline, if it passes in Florida — and you can bet that it will face a tough battle because Rick Scott’s medical corporation allies don’t have a corner on the market — that means it will be 2032 by the time it will be legalized for recreational use here in the Sunshine State.

Unless, of course, Big Sugar decides to go into the business and become Big Bong.  Then they’ll be giving it away at the rest stops on Florida’s Turnpike.