Medical Marijuana

Push for Medical Marijuana

Oct 30, 2013

The Florida Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on marijuana legalization. Those pushing to legalize the drug are working to get enough signatures to put the issue on the 2014 ballot.

In December, the state’s high court will hear arguments about whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should go before Florida voters. A recent Gallup poll found 58 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana. 

State economists are trying to determine the potential economic impact of medical marijuana in Florida. That's because there's currently a petition drive to put an amendment on the 2014 ballot that would allow for some forms of legalized weed.

Debate at the state capital Monday focused on how medical marijuana would be taxed, if at all. Currently prescription drugs aren't taxed in Florida, but some over-the-counter treatments are.

Organizers who want medical marijuana legalized in Florida have completed the first step toward getting a proposed constitutional amendment on next year's ballot. They've gathered enough signatures to submit their proposal to the Florida Supreme Court for review.

People United for Medical Marijuana wants Florida to join the 19 other states where residents can legally use the drug.

It took the group less than a month to obtain more than 100,000 petition signatures. That's well over the amount needed for a court review, but it's still far less than the 683,149 signatures required to get the proposal on the ballot.