The 2016 election isn’t all Trump and Clinton. In addition to deciding whether the next leader of the free world will be a bureaucratic bleeding heart or an inexperienced, bigoted loudmouth, voters in the Sunshine State will also get to pick whether local sick people will get to buy their weed from a licensed shop or have to keep waiting on their dealer.
The organization United for Care has succesfully added a constitutional amendment to Florida’s 2016 ballot which would allow the medical use of cannabis. The group did so after gathering nearly 700,000 certified voter signatures in support of the measure.
If 60 percent of voters choose vote yes on the ballot, Florida will finally get a legit MMJ program beginning next year. “We feel very good that 60 percent plus of Florida voters will finally approve a true medical marijuana law,” Ben Pollara, an organizer for United for Care, told the Associated Press.
Florida last saw a medical marijuana measure on its 2014 ballot, but the effort garnered only 57.6 percent of voter support, falling just short of the 60 percent needed.
Florida currently allows for some medical use of marijuana, but only for CBD strains and products, though THC has been found to have its own diverse medical benefits as well. And though CBD is technically allowed in the state, the government never put together a working dispensary system, so patients are out of luck across the board.
“We got nowhere, so here we are back on the ballot,” Pollara said. “Current law has helped no one.”
Pollard told the AP that part of the blame for the ballot failing two years ago rested on a heavily funded anti-MMJ campaign run prior to the election. Even if 420-unfriendly forces again spend millions to stop the ballot from being passed, Pollard says he’s confident that popular support will remain on his side.
“One thing that we learned is that we don’t have to respond to everything they say; we don’t have to match them dollar for dollar,” he said. “We just have to get out the message that marijuana helps people who are sick and suffering.”