Florida voters will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November, according to a Miami Herald report. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for people with debilitating conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Legalizing medical marijuana has been a contentious issue for years in Florida politics as 23 states and Washington, D.C. have approved the drug for medical use and voters in four have legalized it for recreation. A similar amendment gained the support of 58 percent of voters in 2014, falling just shy of the required 60 percent threshold to amend the state constitution. Leaders of the current year’s movement expect the measure to pass this time around.
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