Florida’s Medical Marijuana Law

Medical Marijuana Law - Florida

Medical marijuana policy reform is coming to Florida. An initiative to create a constitutional amendment allowing for medical marijuana will be on the November ballot, which has sparked a debate on the issue in the legislature.

On January 27, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court ruled against Attorney General Pam Bondi’s challenge to the state’s proposed medical marijuana initiative, finding it adhered to the single subject requirement and that the ballot title’s intent was clear. This means that, come November, Floridians will be asked to vote “yes” or “no” to medical marijuana. Since this initiative will amend the state’s constitution, it requires 60% support to pass.

If polling is any indication, proponents of the ballot initiative have a great head start. Quinnipiac University found an astonishing 82% of Floridians would support a medical marijuana constitutional amendment. Perhaps lawmakers are starting to realize they are on the wrong side of the issue, as two different bills to allow for medical marijuana use have been introduced in Tallahassee.