Activists demonstrate for medicinal marijuana initiative listen05/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
On Saturday. a half dozen supporters of legalizing marijuana demonstrated in front of the Drug Enforcement Agencyâ€™s local office in Tampa.
The protest has been an annual event, but this year thereâ€™s some momentum for activists- an attempt to get a measure on the 2010 ballot that would allow for medicinal marijuana.
In February, Attorney General Eric Holder said at a press conference that the Justice Department will no longer raid medical marijuana clubs that are established legally under state law, a major shift from the Bush administration.
Matt from Tampa is with the Florida Cannabis Action Network. He said the recent move by the Obama Administration is a boost for Florida to join 13 other states that allow for the legal selling of medicinal marijuana.
But not all of the activists present at Saturdayâ€™s demonstration believe Floridians would approve of medicinal marijuana.
People United for Medical Marijuana is the group attempting to get hundreds of thousands of signatures on a petition by early next year to qualify for the 2010 November ballot. If it were to make it, it still would need to be approved by 60 [ercemt of the electorate to become law in the Sunshine State.
Denny from Tampa wasnâ€™t optimistic that could actually happen.
To learn more about the effort to get medicinal marijuana on the ballot in Florida next year, go to pufmm.org.