Can John Morgan's medical marijuana group get enough petitions for ballot initiative?

12/13/13 Janelle Irwin
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Backers of a medical marijuana initiative in Florida need just under 700,000 certified petitions to get an amendment on the 2014 ballot. Because many petitions get thrown out by supervisors of elections, the group United for Care is aiming for 1 million. The deadline to have the required petitions is February first, but the group will need to have them gathered by early January to allosw time for supervisors to verify signatures and weed out duplicates.

Here is the summary of the United for Care ballot initiative:

Allows the medical use of marijuana for people with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician. Allows caregivers to assist patients' medical use of marijuana. The Department of Health shall register and regulate centers that produce and distribute marijuana for medical purposes and shall issue identification cards to patients and caregivers. Applies only to Florida law. Does not authorize violations of federal law or any nonmedical use, possession or production of marijuana.

That language is being reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court with a decision due by April. Ben Pollara is the campaign manager or United for Care - the group headed by attorney John Morgan. Pollara is confident the group will get the signatures they need, though he acknowledged it will come down to the wire.

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