FL Attorney General: Medical Marijuana Measure Is 'Misleading'

By: Associated Press, James Buechele Email
By: Associated Press, James Buechele Email

By: James Buechele
October 24, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Attorney Bill Wohlsifer says a ruling by the Florida Supreme Court will have a huge impact when it comes to medical marijuana use in the state.

Political committee 'People United for Medical Marijuana' has sponsored an amendment they want to see on the 2014 ballot.

"Well I know they got a lot of petitions signed," said Wohlsifer. "I know they got in excess of 100,000 or maybe in excess of 110,000 (signatures)."

But Attorney General Pam Bondi has concerns with the language on the proposed ballot. In her letter to the Supreme Court she says the following.

"The proposal at issue falls short because it misleads regarding both the amendment's scope and its conflict with existing federal law."

Wohlsifer says U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is leaving that up to the states. When Colorado legalized marijuana, Holder announced the federal government would not intervene.

"In other words, let the states regulate themselves. That's in the memorandum and that was circulated to the federal attorneys."

Associated Press Release

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging a proposal to allow the use of medical marijuana in the state.

Bondi criticized the proposed amendment in a filing she made Thursday to the Florida Supreme Court. By law, the attorney general asks the court to review proposed amendments.

The Supreme Court could throw out the amendment if it agrees with Bondi.

The Republican attorney general called the amendment misleading. Bondi told the court that if passed by voters the measure would allow marijuana use in limitless situations.

Bondi also said the amendment could confuse voters that medical marijuana use would be allowed under federal law.

The group pushing the amendment -- People United for Medical Marijuana -- needs to gather nearly 700,000 signatures in order to make the 2014 ballot.

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