The Florida Division of Elections has confirmed that there are enough validated petitions in enough districts to give voters a second chance to approve the private use of medical marijuana in Florida on the November ballot.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would have legalized it nearly passed in 2014, when 58 percent of voters supported the amendment, just two points shy of the 60 percent threshold. Ben Pollara, the campaign manager for the group pushing for the bill announced that 683,149 signatures had been verified, enough to get the legislation amendment on the ballot.
While low voter turnout limited the ability of the campaign to get the 60% vote needed for passage, this is an election year, and voter turnout is supposed to be high. “Attitudes on this are changing,” he told New Times. “We had 58 percent last time when we had low voter turnout and a huge opposition campaign. This time, I’m pretty sure we’ll get 60.”
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