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Medical-Marijuana Campaign Begins

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Cherie Diez
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Tampa Bay Times

The effort to pass a constitutional amendment to allow the use of medical marijuana in Florida has begun, now that the amendment language has received preliminary approval for the November 2014 ballot, the Tampa Bay Times reports. 

The amendment calls for dispensaries -- no home-cultivation allowed -- that would be regulated by the state Department of Health. According to the Times, cannabis could be dispensed  to relieve symptoms of AIDS, cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis and other debilitating conditions if a doctor says benefits outweigh potential risks.

To obtain the required 700,000 required voter signatures, United for Care is deploying both volunteers and paid canvassers. The petition, available at www.UnitedForCare.org, can also be signed and sent in by mail.