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Medical Marijuana Ballot in Justices’ Hands

John Sajo
The Florida Channel
Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.

Medical marijuana supporters and foes are eager to find out if they swayed Florida’s Supreme Court justices considering a proposed state ballot referendum. 

As Health News Florida reported Thursday, judges appeared most curious about how the ballot language defined disease and medical conditions. The court must approve the language before it can be placed on the November ballot.

Solicitor General Allen Winsor told the court that the language was so broad, doctors could easily prescribe the drug to a patient, the Florida Times-Union reported.

“You don’t even have to have a disease to get marijuana under this amendment,” Winsor said.

The main backer of the amendment push, Orlando attorney John Morgan, criticized Tallahassee’s “political establishment”  for wanting to deny sick Floridians access to the painkiller, the Florida Current reported.

That includes Volusia County resident and brain cancer patient Chris Bright. He told the Daytona Beach News-Journal he smokes pot to help him with nausea and other side effects from chemotherapy and radiation.

“If it wasn't for cannabis, I wouldn't be here right now,” Bright said.

Originally founded in December 2006 as an independent grassroots publication dedicated to coverage of health issues in Florida, Health News Florida was acquired by WUSF Public Media in September 2012.