Medical Marijuana Rejected: What Went Wrong, Where to Go From Here

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Amendment 2 got more votes than Rick Scott, Jeff Atwater, and Pam Bondi. More Floridians voted yes on 2 than they did no. Yet, Florida remains a state without legalized medical marijuana. Simply because it couldn't get those final two percentage points to push it over the top.

What did Amendment 2 in was, not surprisingly, demographics.

Sixty-three percent of those 65 years of age or older voted no on 2. That came down to 25 percent of the vote. Not shockingly, it was the younger voters who came out in force for Amendment 2, with 79 percent of the 18-to-29 demo voting for the initiative to pass.

Yet it wasn't enough. Because the amendment needed 60 percent to pass.

And Florida is the only state that requires 60 percent to pass a ballot initiative.

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Robert Platshorn on Amendment 2: "Seniors Are Going to Make or Break This"

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So it's go-time for Sunshine State supporters of medicinal smoking. For the first time, Floridians are going to polling places weighing a choice on the legalization of marijuana. By this time next week, Florida's weedscape could look drastically different -- or unfortunately the same. With such a possible historical swing in the offing, we decided to touch base with one of Florida's biggest proponents of marijuana reform, a guy who's truly given his life to the cause: Robert Platshorn. But even Bobby Tuna himself is iffy on the amendment's chances.

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Florida Medical Marijuana Is Actually Not Done, According to Latest Poll

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As we enter the final stretch for elections, news had been quite somber for the passage of medical marijuana. After a year of strong initial polling that indicated Amendment 2 would be pushed through by voters, recent weeks have shown that the initiative was in danger of falling short and failing to pass.

One pollster even said medical marijuana in Florida "is done."

But a new poll conducted in the past week by public opinion research firm Anzalone Liszt Grove -- called one of the most reliable pollsters by FiveThirtyEight's Nate Silver -- shows that Amendment 2 is still very much alive and, according to this data, will pass come November 4.

See also: Florida Medical Marijuana Is "Done," According to Latest Poll

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Florida Medical Marijuana Is "Done," According to Latest Poll

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Last week, news broke that Amendment 2 was in serious danger of not getting the necessary 60 percent in order to pass.

And now, with Election Day exactly one week away, another poll says it's still not looking great for medical marijuana legalization.

Gravis Marketing, a PR firm based in Winter Springs, conducted its own automated phone survey and found that 50 percent would vote for the amendment, and 42 would not, with 8 percent still not sure.

See also: Medical Marijuana Is Not Done, According to Latest Poll

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United for Care Sends Cease-and-Desist Letter to TV Stations to Pull Ad

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Recently, television stations have been airing an ad from anti-medical marijuana group No on 2 titled "It's Nuts." The ad claims, among other things, that voting yes on Amendment 2 will legalize pot and that kids will be able to get weed on their own "without their parents' permission."

In response, United for Care has sent a cease-and-desist letter to every television station that is broadcasting the ad, claiming the 30 second ad is misleading and false.

Federal law says that the FCC has the responsibility to prevent commercials that spew illegitimate claims from airing.

See also: Anti-Medical Marijuana Group Releases Video to Scare People Into Voting No on Amendment 2


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Florida's Medical Marijuana Amendment Is in Danger of Failing

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For much of the past year, it seemed almost inevitable that medical marijuana would become legal in Florida. Polls showed that more than 80 percent of Floridians would support a constitutional amendment that's on the ballot this November legalizing medicinal weed.

So it was something of a shocker last week when a Tampa Bay Times poll indicated that medical marijuana will fail to get the 60 percent of the vote required to get on the ballot. It had previously polled at more than 9-to-1.

See also: Meet the Americans Serving Life in Prison for Weed

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Trial to Decide if Man Needs Medical Marijuana Restarts Monday

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With Election Day three weeks away, the decision over whether medical marijuana will be legalized in Florida hangs in the balance. And today, in what is a first for Florida, a jury will be deciding if marijuana is medically necessary for someone.

The trial of Jesse Teplicki, which started Monday morning at the Broward County Courthouse, puts into the spotlight the issue of marijuana and its legality in the face of needing it for medicine.

Teplicki, 50, was arrested on 2013 after BSO deputies found a grow house in his home, where he was growing 46 marijuana plants. Now Teplicki, who says he needs marijuana to treat his severe anorexia, is facing a felony count of possession.

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Adrian Wyllie, Libertarian Candidate for Governor, Wants to Fully Legalize Marijuana

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When Adrian Wyllie is elected the next governor of Florida, he's going to legalize all marijuana and have it regulated like alcohol.

That's just one of a plethora of libertarian ideas from the Libertarian candidate, who is looking to take down establishment candidates Rick Scott and Charlie Crist.

Like any Libertarian, he believes government should mind its own damned business and stop meddling in people's lives. That includes same-sex marriage, taxes, Medicare, and, yep, weed. But no one knows this. Because he's not even getting an opportunity to debate it with Scott or Crist directly, which is significant.

Because while Wyllie's chances of actually winning this thing are slim to none, he might just tip the scales one way or the other for those other two guys.

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United for Care Rallies Coming to Broward, Palm Beach Wednesday

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The election is exactly one month away, which means it's time to crank things up to 11 to get people informed and involved.

With that firmly the quest, United for Care has been hitting the road throughout Florida, holding rallies and garnering support for Amendment 2.

And the rally will be making its way to Broward and Palm Beach on Wednesday.

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Sheldon Adelson Donates Another $1.5 Million to Anti-Medical Marijuana Group

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With a net worth of $37 billion, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, has donated another $1.5 million to the No On 2 campaign (or, Drug Free Florida) -- the biggest medical marijuana opposition in the state.

He had helped kick off the campaign when he donated $2.5 million to get things started back in June.

The 80-year-old Adelson, who has been a big-time contributor to conservative campaigns throughout his life, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., which runs the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas.

He has also funded drug addiction clinics in Nevada and Israel and believes pot to be a gateway drug.

See also: Top Five "Questionable Characters" Involved With Drug Free Florida

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