Florida Voters Again to Consider Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is back on the ballot this year, with Florida voters once again having the opportunity to weigh in on a constitutional amendment allowing people with “debilitating illnesses” to access the drug.

Amendment 2 would allow licensed physicians to prescribe medical marijuana to patients with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorders, HIV, AIDS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and “similar debilitating conditions.” Unlike last time, the amendment clearly requires parental consent before prescribing to minors and limits the number of patients a caregiver can treat.

In 2014, a similar ballot measure received 58 percent of the vote — just shy of the 60 percent needed to pass.

After that, advocates for medical marijuana thought for sure the Florida Legislature would take steps to pass “comprehensive” legalized medical marijuana, capitalizing on the widespread support the ballot measure had gathered.

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