Could Florida be the first southern state to legalize the widespread use of medical marijuana. This constitutional amendment would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to any patient for any condition as they see fit as long as the benefits outweigh the possible risks for the patient; though there are currently no known health risks from cannabis use. There are of course opponents to this amendment, claiming that since the amendment would make it so that medical cannabis could be bought without a doctor's prescription, it could lead to a lot of problem including cannabis abuse. This is factually untrue, it would still require a doctor's recommendation and for minors would require consent from parents or guardians. So far the estimated supporters of the amendment are anywhere from 57-80% of voters. The amendment requires 60% of votes to pass and if it does it could be signed in to law within a few months.
From the Florida November 4th Ballot:
The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, Amendment 2 is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in the state of Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would legalize medical marijuana. Specifically, the measure would guarantee the following:
That medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law.
That a licensed physician is not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions for issuing medical marijuana to a person diagnosed with a "debilitating medical condition" under state law.
That registered medical marijuana treatment centers are not subject to criminal or civil liability or sanctions under state law.
The measure defines a "debilitating medical condition" as cancer, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, hepatitis C, HIV, AIDS, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease "or other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient."
If voters decide to legalize medical cannabis, which seems fairly likely, it could effect the way in which other states view medical marijuana. If the amendment doesn't pass, Florida still has some medical marijuana laws, currently those who have extreme conditions that no other currently known drugs help with are able to get prescriptions for super low THC and high CBD strains.
Who knows what will happen in the future, perhaps it will lead to full legalization eventually in Florida.
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