Medical Marijuana Amendment Fails, But Some Opponents Say Legislature Should Revisit The Issue

Nov 4, 2014

Amendment Two, which could have brought medical marijuana to Florida, has failed.
Credit Brett Levin

A proposal to bring medical marijuana to Florida has failed to reach the 60 percent threshold needed to become a part of Florida's constitution.

Amendment Two missed the mark with 57 percent support from voters. Yet some opponents, like Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, say the legislature should consider the issue.

“So with 58 percent, 57 percent--whatever the numbers turn out to be  showing an interest--the Florida legislature needs to do some meaningful, legal research," says Judd, who represents the position of the Florida Sheriffs Association. "At the end of the day, Florida voters said no, we don’t want this codified in our constitution, we don’t want these loopholes, we don’t want this amendment.”

Meanwhile, John Morgan, the powerful trial attorney who poured millions of dollars of his own money into backing the amendment, says he plans to try again in 2016.