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Fla. Supreme Court allows medical marijuana on ballot

Jan. 28, 2014 at 4:19 PM   |   Comments

MIAMI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Florida Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that a medical marijuana initiative should be on the ballot in November.

The court said Monday the amendment as written will not mislead voters, the Miami Herald reported. Opponents, who include Gov. Rick Scott, argue it will lead to more marijuana use in Florida.

"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," the court said. "We therefore reject the opponents' assertion that the amendment 'would allow far wider marijuana use than the ballot title and summary reveal.' "

The justices and Florida officials divided along ideological or partisan lines on the issue. Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, now running as a Democrat to unseat Scott, supports medical marijuana.

But polls show a majority of voters support the amendment with one survey finding 82 percent do, the Herald said. It needs approval from 60 percent of those voting to pass.

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