Activists demonstrate for medicinal marijuana initiative

05/04/09 Mitch E. Perry
Alan Watts

On Saturday. a half dozen supporters of legalizing marijuana demonstrated in front of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s local office in Tampa.

The protest has been an annual event, but this year there’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 Saturday’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 wasn’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

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