United for Care Starts New Effort to Legalize Medical Marijuana in Florida

The medical marijuana fight is back on.

United for Care’s first proposed medical marijuana system gained 58 percent of the vote in November — two points shy of the 60 percent required to amend Florida’s Constitution. That’s close enough to make another effort worthwhile, said campaign director Ben Pollara.

“The voters of Florida clearly want a medical marijuana law and we intend to pass one, whether in the Legislature this session or on the ballot in 2016,” Pollara said.

The new proposed amendment is similar to last year’s version, with a few tweaks designed to counter objections raised by opponents.

As with the 2014 amendment, the new language calls for doctors to certify that a patient suffers from a debilitating condition and could benefit from using pot. The state would issue ID cards for patients and caregivers. Licensed treatment centers would grow and sell the marijuana. No one could grow their own.

But it adds new language to address objections that the amendment might, for instance, allow teens and people with minor illnesses to get medical marijuana.

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