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Florida medical marijuanaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

If you live in Florida and you want to vote on whether to legalize medical marijuana on the 2012 ballot, you’d better hope that either House Joint Resolution 353 makes it through the Legislature, or that 646,889 more Floridians sign the People United for Medical Marijuana petition.

PUFMM has gotten 29,922 of the 676,811 valid signatures needed by February 1 to qualify for the ballot, which means they’re only 4.4 percent of the way there, reports Matthew Hendley at Broward Palm Beach New Times.

As of PUFMM’s last tally on October 29, 7,646 of the 29,922 signatures — just over 25 percent — come from Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, all known for being more liberal than Florida as a whole.

The language in the PUFMM petition offers less regulation than HJR 353, the bill currently being sponsored by Rep. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) in the Legislature (which, at the moment, is in the Criminal Justice Subcommittee).

The citizen petition, in addition to, like HJR 353, listing specific conditions for which marijuana could be authorized, also adds “other diseases and conditions when recommended by a physician.”

The PUFMM petition calls for the Legislature to enact some sort of registration for patients, as well as regulations for the distribution and sale of medical marijuana, and allows the Legislature to make laws regarding the use of motor vehicles, boats and planes while under the influence of cannabis.

You can read PUFFM’s petition by clicking here [PDF].

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.

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  • Yvette Owens

    I Am in pain

  • rich rondot

    how do we go about signing the petition?

  • Paradoc

    ANYONE who uses Cannabis had better be willing to BE COUNTED!~-This is the only way we will get this unconstitutional law reformed. NO other Civil Rights issue has been so ONE SIDED as Cannabis control. It’s as if those with any political power to effect change-are hung-up on the stereotypical “stoner” as the “typical Medical Cannabis patient. Given the Prescription drug epidemic here-it should SEEM to be a no brainer to LEGALIZE A NON TOXIC SUBSTANCE who’s Tax revenue can help to fund (hard) drug treatment programs for those addicted to HARD drugs.———–CANNABIS IS NOT a hard drug-It is a PLANT——————–
    MY government is forcing me to ingest harmful and toxic chemicals that I don’t like and WOULD TRADE MORPHINE FOR CANNABIS SEVEN DAYS A WEEK-I cannot accept ANY rationalization for continuing Cannabis prohibition as it has been LIES, DECEPTION and lopsided “facts” that caused the hysteria… witnessed over the past THREE QUARTERS of a a CENTURY-Do we need to arrest ANOTHER 800,000 PEOPLE THIS YEAR TOO?-
    It takes more intelligence to understand than it does to refuse an idea-
    COMMON sense is anything but common-