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Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot Language

Leon County Judge John Cooper on June 30, 2022, in a screen grab from The Florida Channel.
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The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously approved medical marijuana ballot language.

The Florida Supreme Court has unanimously approved medical marijuana ballot language. 
The court ruled the amendment only dealt with one issue, and that the language was clear. Check here to read the opinion.

United for Care still needs to get enough signatures to get on the ballot, but the group says it will hit that mark by the end of the month. Spokesman Ben Pollara sent this statement:

“In 2014, four of seven Supreme Court justices approved our ballot language and 58 percent of Floridians voted ‘yes,'” Pollara wrote. “This time, all seven justices approved our language and we feel strongly that well over the required 60 percent of Floridians will vote ‘yes’ for a comprehensive and compassionate medical marijuana law.”

Opponents say the medical marijuana bill is overly broad, and will increase access to marijuana in Florida, particularly among youth.

-- Reporter Abe Aboraya is part of WMFE in Orlando. Health News Florida receives support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Health News Florida reporter Abe Aboraya works for WMFE in Orlando. He started writing for newspapers in high school. After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 2007, he spent a year traveling and working as a freelance reporter for the Seattle Times and the Seattle Weekly, and working for local news websites in the San Francisco Bay area. Most recently Abe worked as a reporter for the Orlando Business Journal. He comes from a family of health care workers.