An Orlando-based group is trying to put a constitutional amendment on Florida ballots in 2010 to legalize medical marijuana, but so far, no petitions have been filed, according to the Florida Division of Elections.
The medical-marijuana amendment needs 67,683 petitions to reach the Attorney General’s Office for review and 676,811 petitions to reach the ballot.
Jennifer Davis, a spokeswoman for the Division of Elections, said it may be unlikely that the group, People for Medical Marijuana, will be able to collect enough petitions to make the ballot.
“That would be fairly difficult to do between now and Feb. 1,” she said, referencing the deadline to get petitions submitted for the general election.
There’s a step-by-step process involved before any constitutional amendment can be put on the ballot, she said. If it makes it to the Attorney General’s Office for review, it could then go on to the Florida Supreme Court for approval.
No one from the People for Medical Marijuana could be reached for comment.
Amy Ronshausen, manager of congressional and legislative affairs for Drug Free America, said the ballot measure is “very dangerous” since it doesn’t give details on the quantity allowed or where it would be grown.
“I personally don’t want a pot shop in my neighborhood,” she said.
The use of medical marijuana has been made legal in 13 states.
By TaMaryn Waters
August 2, 2009
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No petitions submitted so far on Florida ballot that would allow medical marijuana