TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot.
The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment.
The justices approved the ballot summary 4-3 just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.
"I'm surprised fireworks aren't going off in Florida," said medical marijuana supporter "Captain Cannabis."
The decision is a defeat for Attorney General Pam Bondi, who challenged the ballot language by saying it's misleading.
Calvina Fay, the executive director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. and Save Our Society from Drugs, agrees with Bondi.
"It is extremely unfortunate that the Supreme Court ruled to approve the proposed amendment. If this is passed, it will create a major change in Florida's law and culture. I can assure you that it will not be in the best interest of Floridians," Fay said.
Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters. He is the chairman of the organization that spearheaded the medical marijuana push in Florida: "United for Care"
Gov. Rick Scott is opposed to medical marijuana. His Democratic challengers, state Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.
Garza said she is confident this issue will pass in November. It would need a 60 percent approval from voters to become state law.