JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Smoking marijuana had never crossed Yasiniah Muhammad's mind -- until now. She is 73 years old and has been living with Lou Gherig's disease for 13 of those years.
"She's being well taken care of but overall we just worry about the pain," said Muhammad's daughter, Bertha Jennings.
Jennings said doctors gave her mother 18 months to live, but she's not going out without a fight. Jennings said the idea that medical marijuana could pass in the State of Florida has given them both new hope.
"It would relax her a little better and help with the pain better, too," said Jennings.
But concerns are already being raised about possible abuse of a medical marijuana system.
Action News' sister station went to California, where there are more marijuana dispensaries than Starbucks. One man said he had a shoulder injury and got a prescription.
"It was really easy, it didn't take long," he said.
That's exactly what Jacksonville leaders like City Council Member Bill Bishop are worried about.
"This is a classic grenade in the room. Let's see what happens," said Bishop.
Bishop said legalizing marijuana leaves too many questions for law enforcement and for local employers who are unsure how the law will affect drug testing policies for employees.
"You open up a whole legal can of worms with this thing that I don't think anybody really thought out," he said.
Jennings said she doesn't want to see an increase in abuse because of it, but wants her mother to feel better.
"It's a good thing and I will vote for it," she said.
Supervisor of Elections Jerry Holland says 50 percent of voters usually turn out for a gubernatorial race. Holland believes we could see even more turnout with this highly debated topic on the ballot.