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

Florida's Compassionate Use law allows people suffering from specific conditions like seizures to use low-THC marijuana.
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.

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Lynn Hatter is a Florida A&M University graduate with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Lynn has served as reporter/producer for WFSU since 2007 with education and health care issues as her key coverage areas.  She is an award-winning member of the Capital Press Corps and has participated in the NPR Kaiser Health News Reporting Partnership and NPR Education Initiative. 

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