Supreme Court OKs medical marijuana for Nov. ballot

By Janine Stanwood, Reporter, jstanwood@Local10.com
Associated Press
Published On: Jan 27 2014 03:20:37 PM EST
Updated On: Jan 28 2014 11:05:49 AM EST

A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -

A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment.

The justices approved the ballot summary 4-3 just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.

The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it's misleading.

Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.

For West Miami-Dade resident Jacel Delgadillo, Monday's ruling gave her hope for her son, who was born with rare form of epilepsy.

Delgadillo said she has tried nearly every type of available drug and diet for Bruno, 2, who suffers debilitating seizures because of his condition.

A marijuana extract called cannabidiol has been shown in some research to treat seizures like Bruno's, Delgadillo said.

Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana. His Democrats challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.

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