I've been lax! I've been derelict in my duties! I know this because in recent conversations with friends (one initials SFL) they did not even know that a/the medical marijuana amendment will be on the ballot in November 2016. Well, it will. And bless my yard-signs, bumper stickers and t-shirts, it is Amendment 2 once again!
It’s déjà vu all over again for Florida’s controversial medical marijuana amendment, which is back on the ballot in November, two years after it failed, barely, to get the necessary votes.
Back then, the measure received 58 percent approval — just short of the 60 percent required for an amendment to pass. But this time, there’s a different political scenario. A presidential election likely will double voter turnout — and the chances for the amendment’s passage.
The amendment is being spearheaded by John Morgan, an Orlando attorney who has spent millions on the effort. The measure won a do-over after Mr. Morgan’s organization collected 692,000 certified signatures — that’s 10,000 more than the minimum required. So many signatures can’t be ignored.
Mr. Morgan told the Miami Herald Editorial Board that the strategy this time is to reach out to those 60 and older. Those in this age group strongly rejected medical marijuana last time, yet they’re the ones most likely to tap into the relief it is said to offer those suffering from cancer, glaucoma and ALS. And to win over skeptical voters, Mr. Morgan tightened language in the original amendment that had been depicted as “loopholes” and could have allowed abuse by caretakers of the ill. “I think we’ve addressed those questions,” Mr. Morgan said.The new amendment is much improved, in that it will be more immune to the baseless attacks that doomed Amendment 2 the first time around. No, doctors are NOT going to prescribe marijuana to your teenagers without your consent, and "care givers" are not allowed to be convicted felons. But that was never a danger anyway. When passing a constitutional amendment, leaving the specifics out is a good thing. That way the legislature and regulatory bodies can enact rules that make sense without constraints.
My prediction is that Amendment 2 will pass this time, and that Tallahassee will *uck it up like they *uck up everything.