State and local leaders fire back on medical marijuana to appear on November ballot

Reported by: Jamie Smith
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Updated: 1/27 3:49 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- In just the past six weeks, United for Care made a massive push getting enough signatures verified a full week before a state deadline.

Now they want your vote.

There are many views of marijuana -- one tied to pop culture, stoners, potheads, the gateway drug, etc.

John Morgan, the founder and lawyer of Morgan & Morgan has been bankrolling the medical marijuana push. He donated or loaned millions of dollars to the cause.

Morgan says the motivation was brought about by watching his father die a painful death from disease.

Polls showed Florida voters have warmed up to the idea of legalization.

The latest poll shows 65 percent of Florida voters are in favor that matches a nationwide trend.

So far, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana.

Only Colorado and Washington State have legalized it for recreational use.

There are concerns about the cause, even for medical reasons.

A reporter from our parent company, Cox Media Group, traveled to southern California to show the impact in an area that legalized medical marijuana nearly two decades ago around 1996.

Venice Beach is a popular tourist destination drawing crowds that our beach communities would envy.

But, the T-shirt shops are quickly becoming outnumbered by these.

Medical marijuana shops that hope to lure locals and tourists inside to get a prescription for pot.

That reporter found filling out a form is all that is needed for a prescription.

"That is why some community leaders in florida are trying to enact laws ahead of next November's vote," said a Cocoa Beach council member.

They want to avoid the scene where medical marijuana out muscles, muscle beach.

State leaders are also trying to slow the momentum. Attorney General Pam Bondi and several state lawmakers appealed to the State Supreme Court.

They are questioning the language of the ballot initiative.

Two sides to a potential fiery debate voters could decide on in November.

The State Supreme Court heard arguments on the ballot language in November and December.

Justices have to make a ruling no later than April 1st.
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