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FL Supreme Court has major stake in future of medical pot

Whether Floridians can vote next year on medical marijuana ultimately depends on the State Supreme Court right now.

They'll soon decide on the constitutionality of the words that would go on next year's ballot.

Palm Beach Post reporter John Kennedy was in the courtroom, and he tells WOKV the justices grilled John Mills, a former Florida House speaker who represents People United for Medical Marijuana.

“Questions about how this amendment is designed for people with ‘debilitating disease,’” Kennedy says.

The state is arguing against the fact that the amendment itself says marijuana can be prescribed by doctors for “other conditions,” when the summary that would go on the ballot only contains the “debilitating disease” phrase.

“It was that idea that this kicks the door open for doctors to prescribe marijuana for everything, from a common headache to stress,” Kennedy says.

The court will only be ruling on the amendment summary itself.  If it strikes it down, Kennedy says there probably won’t be enough time for People United for Medical Marijuana to start over collecting the 683,149 signatures needed by Feb. 1 for a new amendment.

If the court approves the amendment summary, then the People United can continue collecting signatures as they have for months. 

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