Rep Readies New Medical Marijuana Bill as Legislative Leaders Fight Proposed Amendment

Nov 1, 2013

Leaders in the Florida Legislature are challenging a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana. They want the Florida Supreme Court to block the initiative because they say the ballot language is misleading.

Sunrise Democratic Representative Katie Edwards isn’t waiting to see what happens. She’s planning her next steps after trying unsuccessfully to get a medical marijuana bill passed last spring.

It was named for a Manatee County woman whose home was raided by sheriff’s deputies because she used marijuana to cope with her illness.

“We called it the Cathy Jordan Medicinal Cannabis Bill to keep the focus on people like Cathy Jordan who have Lou Gehrig’s Disease and who have used cannabis to help alleviate their symptoms", Edwardssaid "Floridians who have an interest in medicinal cannabis really need to reach out to their representatives in Tallahassee and let them know how they feel.”

A citizen-led group has gathered enough petition signatures to get a state review of its proposed constitutional amendment. The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in early December about whether the ballot language meets legal requirements.