There's Only One Week to Sign and Mail in Medical Marijuana Petitions

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The push is on to make Florida the next state to legalize medical marijuana. Organizers have one month to get 700,000 signatures on a petition to get the issue on the November ballot. But since state laws require that the petitions be paper petitions that are mailed in via snail mail -- not online ones -- and then validated, the petition organizing group, United for Care, is asking that all petitions come in by January 7.

United for Care is backed by megamillionaire John Morgan, who has donated $2 million to the effort. The group is working around the clock to collect enough signatures before the fast-approaching deadline passes.

The state Supreme Court has a deadline of April 1 to make a decision on whether the amendment will make it to the ballot.

See also: Florida's Supreme Court to Hear Medical Marijuana Legalization Debate

Besides signing petitions in person, Florida residents are able to sign the petition and mail it in, but time is running out for this option. You must be a registered voter in Florida to sign. The downloadable form and instructions can be found HERE.

To date, nearly half the United States has legalized medical marijuana (21, plus D.C.), yet the federal government still lists cannabis as a "highly addictive" and "dangerous" Schedule 1 drug, along side heroin and LSD.

Even if the required 700,000 signatures are collected, the bill becoming a reality still could be a long shot, because, of course, politics.

"Even if the court upholds the [ballot] language and they get the required number of signatures and it passes, the Legislature still has to get involved to implement the will of the voters," Edwards said. "The bottom line is, the Legislature has to get involved at some point."

"We need to get feedback from law enforcement, prosecutors, parents, and doctors," said Matt Gaetz, chairman of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. "I'm willing to entertain the discussion, and we'll see where it goes from there."

For more, follow United for Care on Twitter, or visit their website.



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Janice Poole
Janice Poole

I wish you could change it so it shows up when you click! Thanks for changing it so fast:)

knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

This to me  is more of a civil rights issue and the most patriotic action we can do is to rescue a historical plant from the second most destructive period of our country history since slavery.

Janice Poole
Janice Poole

I'm in Florida, and we are trying very hard to get this on the ballot. It may be difficult, because Florida is still in the dark ages. http://bit.ly/1cTd3db Please share with every Florida registered voter you know. Thank you so much:) Click here and print out the blank petition, just fill it out, all instructions are included. Thank you for your help:) Please put it in the mail today! We only have a few more days, and we need everyone’s help. Please Florida residents...Please sign the petition for medical marijuana. Print it out and sign it and send it in. Just one stamp and a moment of your time can make a difference for many people. Please print it out right now. We all need to join together as one and help those who need medical marijuana. You may be the next one who may need it for severe pain or cancer, etc. The deadline is now because everything needs to be counted. God Bless you for your compassion and understanding! Let’s make Florida the best State for tourists, and the best Constitutional Law abiding State in the Union:) Watch this...this is Florida. These are taxpayers and voters. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulE8cway5pU A campaign for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is running short of signatures ahead of the Feb. 1 deadline. Do you approve of legalizing medicinal pot? If you do or if you have compassion for sick people who need it, we need your signature and there just isn't enough volunteers to go door to door. But you could do your part and print out the petition and get it sent in. Thank you for your help and support and a big hug for caring:) http://bit.ly/1cTd3db Click and print :)

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