The Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, is on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment.
Florida Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative
- A “yes” vote supports legalizing medical marijuana for individuals with specific debilitating diseases or comparable debilitating conditions as determined by a licensed state physician.
- A “no” vote opposes this proposal for legalization of medical marijuana, keeping the state’s current more limited medical marijuana program in place.
Amendment 2 Initiative Design
The legal language of Amendment 2 was written to explicitly allow medical marijuana to be provided as a treatment for patients with the following specific diseases:
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’S Disease
- Parkinson’S Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Amendment 2 would also allow licensed physicians to certify patients for medical marijuana use after diagnosing them with some “other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated.”
Current Status of Florida Medical Marijuana
The Florida government enacted the Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act of 2014 and it became effective on January 1, 2015. The program allowed for access to non-smoked low-THC marijuana for qualified patients.
Five ballot measures are certified to appear on the Florida ballot in 2016. One measure was on the ballot during the primary election on August 30, 2016, and was approved. Four of the measures will be on the ballot during the general election on November 8, 2016.
Read more about the ballot measures here: https://ballotpedia.org/Florida_2016_ballot_measures