Pam Bondi asks court to snuff medical marijuana proposal

The Florida attorney general said the wording of the proposed law, which would make marijuana accessible to anyone with a prescription, is too vague.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy   |   Oct. 25, 2013 at 4:18 PM   |   0 comments

(UPI) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has asked the state's highest court to keep a medical marijuana initiative off ballots next year, calling the law's wording vague.

The law, which was proposed by People United For Medical Marijuana, would legalize the use of the drug with a doctor's prescription. Bondi said the proposal's wording would allow doctors to prescribe pot for almost anything.

"It's true scope and effect remain hidden," Bondi said in a letter to the court. "And because Florida voters deserve the truth, this court has long rejected proposals that 'hide the ball' as to the amendment's true effects."

Representatives for the marijuana advocacy group slammed Bondi's request.

"It is not surprising that out of touch Tallahassee politicians like Pam Bondi continue to oppose compassionate health care policy in Florida," said Ben Pollara, campaign manager forUnited For Care, the group running the campaign in Florida. "Just as politicians in the Florida Legislature refused to even give medical marijuana a hearing in the 2013 session, AG Bondi wants to deny Floridians the opportunity to even vote on the issue."

"We are also confident that when they are finally given an opportunity to vote on this issue, Floridians will -- by a wide margin -- bring safe, compassionate access to medical marijuana to the thousands of very ill residents of our state who are suffering every day without it," Pollara said.

The measure must get a total of 683,149 signatures by February 1 to be placed on the ballot. More than 200,000 have already been gathered, and United For Care said is about to begin hiring professionals to help volunteers to circulate petitions.

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