Fla. Supreme Court approves medical marijuana initiative for ballot

Initiative would appear on November ballot

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle on Monday and will be on the November ballot.

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The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment. The justices approved the ballot summary 4-3 just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it's misleading.

"Today's ruling leaves the issue of medical marijuana in the hands of Florida's voters," Bondi said. "I encourage every Floridian to read the full amendment in order to understand the impact it could have on Floridians."

Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.

Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana.

"I have a great deal of empathy for people battling difficult diseases and I understand arguments in favor of this initiative," Scott said. "But, having seen the terrible affects of alcohol and drug abuse first-hand, I cannot endorse sending Florida down this path and I would personally vote against it."

Scott continued, saying "No matter my personal beliefs, however, a ballot initiative would be up to the voters to decide."

His Democrats challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.

"This is an issue of compassion, trusting doctors, and trusting the people of Florida. I will vote for it," Crist said.

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