Updated: Fla. Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Language

Jan 27, 2014

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This fall, Florida voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. The Florida Supreme Court has ruled 4-to-3 that the amendment’s summary and title are not misleading and can appear on the ballot.

Just a few days after elections supervisors confirmed campaigners have collected more than the required number of voter signatures, the high court removed the final hurdle in the amendment’s path to the ballot.

In their majority opinion, Justices Quince, Pariente, Lewis and Perry reject the claim by State Attorney General Pam Bondi that the ballot summary hides the true scope of the amendment. Justices Labarga, Polston and Canady dissented. Polston writes that the title and summary fail to inform voters that the amendment would authorize marijuana use for any conditions a doctor deems appropriate—not just for debilitating diseases.

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The Florida Supreme Court has ruled 4-3 that a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing smoked marijuana for medical purposes passes the test to appear on the 2014 ballot. Check back for the full story.