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TALLAHASSEE – The Supreme Court isn’t the only challenge facing a petition drive to put a proposed medical marijuana constitutional amendment on Florida’s 2014 ballot.

Organizers have until Feb. 1 to gather 683,189 voter signatures. As of Tuesday, 162,866 signatures had been certified.

Still, John Morgan of the Morgan & Morgan personal injury law firm thinks there’s a good chance a final push will get the effort he’s organizing over the top.

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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.

The Florida Supreme Court is hearing arguments Thursday on a ballot initiative to legalize marijuana for medical purposes through a constitutional amendment, the Tampa Tribune reports. Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the ballot’s language on the grounds that it’s misleading. If the justices decide the summary for voters to consider is unclear or inaccurate, it will most likely kill the effort to get the issue on the ballot in 2014.

The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 5 over the language proposed for the November 2014 ballot that would legalize medical marijuana in the state of Florida, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking the court to throw out the proposed language. Written arguments from Bondi and United For Care, the group behind the ballot initiative, are due Nov. 8.

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People United for Medical Marijuana has collected far more than signatures than it needs to get a Florida Supreme Court review of its proposed constitutional amendment, the Miami Herald reports. The group will stop sending out volunteers and paid signature-gatherers, pending the court’s review of the proposed language. If that is approved, the measure legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes it will appear on the November 2014 ballot, where it will need a “yes” from 60 percent of voters to be enacted. 

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  John Morgan, who is financing the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, says the issue is about doing what’s right, not a ploy to bring Democrats to the polls. As the News Service of Florida reports, the Orlando attorney says he is willing to spend millions on the effort because he saw first-hand how marijuana helped his father cope with nausea and pain as he was dying of esophageal cancer.