JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Local political experts say the fight over medical marijuana could potentially make or break next year's race for the governor's mansion.
This week, the Florida Supreme Court may decide whether the measure should go on the 2014 ballot.
Dr. Matthew Corrigan, political science professor at the University of North Florida, said the issue alone could drive a key demographic to the polls.
On Thursday the justices will consider a measure asking voters to allow doctors to prescribe the drug.
"It matters. The make-up of the electorate and what this amendment may do is bring out young people, may bring out more liberal people," said Corrigan.
If that happens, it could leave the GOP in the weeds. But the Republican Party is not sitting idly by; party leaders have challenged the ballot measure, saying it misleads voters.
"I think they are concerned. I think that's number one why they're going to the Supreme Court. I believe the attorney general is going to the Supreme Court to challenge this," said Corrigan.
Former Republican turned Democrat Charlie Crist has already thrown his support behind legalizing medical marijuana.
Corrigan tells me the Supreme Court's decision will be one both sides watch very closely.
"This is a high stakes election and, like I said, Republicans have had that gubernatorial office for years and years and they don't want to give it up," said Corrigan.
If the Supreme Court determines that it involves more than one subject or misleads voters in any way it won't go on next year's ballot.
Both supporters and opponents are expected to present their case before the justices on Thursday.