constitutional amendment

Medical Records Debate Re-Emerges

May 31, 2019
Douglas R. Clifford / Tampa Bay Times

Nearly 15 years after Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment about access to records in medical-malpractice cases, a Jacksonville hospital has launched a federal lawsuit arguing it should be shielded from being required to turn over documents to a patient.

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Newly minted Gov. Ron DeSantis has indicated he may drop the state’s appeal of a court decision that said a Florida law banning patients from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional.

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A political committee raised $7.75 million during a week-long period as it tries to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in Florida, according to a newly filed finance report. 

The words on the November ballot appear simple enough: “Voter Control of Gambling in Florida.”

The Pro gun rights group Florida Carry is threatening to sue Leon County after it passed a gun related ordinance. The ordinance imposes a waiting period and background checks for private gun sales. A 2011 preemption law prevents counties from regulating guns, but a 1998 constitutional amendment allows counties to enact background checks and waiting periods. Program Director for Florida State University’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, Mark Schlakman says the constitution should prevail.

John Morgan Confident Medical Marijuana Will Pass This Time

Feb 1, 2016
Catherine Welch

Orlando attorney John Morgan says this will be his last push to bring medical marijuana up for a vote if the constitutional amendment fails at the polls in November. There are now enough signatures to get it on the ballot.

"Say No to #2," opponents of a Florida ballot proposal to allow marijuana use by people who have a medical need, have put out a list of their objections.

They say that if it passes, the constitutional amendment would let seedy places spring up, reminiscent of "pill mills;" that anybody, even drug dealers,could become "caregivers"; and that  people who aren't really sick, as well as children, would be able to get pot.

Horticulturists across Florida are wondering if the state’s approval of a strain of medical marijuana can translate into new business, the Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau reports.

Gov. Rick Scott says he will sign the “Charlotte’s Web” bill into law, allowing a handful of growers to produce the liquid form of cannabis that is linked to the controlling of seizures of some children.

Following a Florida Supreme Court decision that struck down caps on certain awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, the members of a 2002 task force that supported those caps are calling for a constitutional amendment that would place the caps on solid footing.

Medical marijuana initiatives being considered by the Florida Legislature and federal officials would control the quality and quantity of a drug that can help thousands of sick Floridians, Context Florida columnist Gary J. Stein says. 

Unlike prescription drugs, especially opiates, marijuana wasn’t a cause of overdose deaths in the most recent reporting period, he says.

Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

This November, Florida voters will have a say on a constitutional amendment allowing the use of medical marijuana.  In the meantime, truths, half-truths, and outright falsehoods have been swirling around in the news, according to the Tampa Bay Times (paywall alert). 

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Backed by more than 700,000 valid signatures, a constitutional amendment legalizing the use of medical marijuana is a step away from appearing on Florida's Nov. 4 ballot, according to The Tampa Tribune.

But that final step – approval of the ballot's wording by the Florida Supreme Court – is significant, as it’s being challenged by Attorney General Pam Bondi.

Gov. Rick Scott  says he will ask for $55 million in the 2014-15 budget to protect Florida’s springs, the Florida Current reports. Reaction to his announcement among lawmakers and environmentalists was mostly positive. It’s an increase in funding from last year, the Current reports.

Cherie Diez / Tampa Bay Times

Backers of a medical marijuana constitutional amendment in Florida announced Wednesday evening that they have collected enough signatures to make the 2014 ballot -- provided the State Supreme Court allows it.

Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for United for Care, sent out an email to supporters that organizers have collected more than 1.1 million signatures.

“This is an enormous achievement,” Pollara wrote.

Organizers have until Feb. 1 to gather 683,189 voter signatures. So far election supervisors have certified nearly 458,000 signatures.

Petition drives are just part of Florida’s debate over medical marijuana, media across the state report. 

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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.