The midterm election for 2014 in the state of Florida… just got interesting! United for Care just received the final green light from the Florida Secretary of State. Granting them the right to begin collecting signatures for their proposed constitutional amendment, which if passed would legalize medical marijuana for the suffering and sick in the “Sunshine State.”
While prescription medications kill nearly 2, 800 Floridians a year, this proposed constitutional amendment would make medical marijuana available Florida’s ailing. As patient with multiple diseases combine their medications… searching for relief from pain, they are unknowingly creating a toxic cocktail of OTC prescription meds, and killing themselves in the process. It’s never a good idea to combine medications – yet occasionally it’s necessary – and this is where medical marijuana has demonstrated itself to be a safe and effective addition for many searching for help.
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Legal analysts say a successful campaign in the Sunshine State could cost upwards of $10 million, but United for Care’s Joe Morgan, who put his personal fortune behind a successful 2004 constitutional amendment raising Florida’s minimum wage, is not deterred and said he thinks he can recruit an “army of angels” to help gather the necessary signatures for the ballot initiative.
“I think it could be unprecedented in Florida politics, when you have so many volunteers with a passion for compassion out there collecting signatures,” Morgan says. “This will cost me quite a bit of money in proportion to what I have, but if it happens, I see it as political philanthropy – that through politics, a whole lot of good could be done for a whole lot of people for a whole lot of time.”
Volunteers can sign up via their website to help collect signatures and coordinate efforts in their area. The petition is also available online for registered voters in the state of Florida to print out and sign. source:
Sure – Florida may have officially banned marijuana paraphernalia recently when they passed and signed into law House Bill 49, but recent polls discovered that over 70% of Florida’s registered voters – which happens to include a majority of Republicans – are in strong support for medical marijuana legalization. With over 40% of the states in the US currently supporting medical marijuana laws– on August 26, 2014 Florida hopes to join them.