I received the following message from the Florida medical marijuana campaign:
Our opponents have decided NOT to contest United for Care's 2016 petition at the Florida Supreme Court. As you may recall, United for Care won approval of the 2014 petition despite strong opposition by Attorney General Bondi's office, as well as the Florida Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and others.
NONE of these groups filed opposition this time!
While this could mean a speedier approval by the Supreme Court, it is at least a tacit acknowledgment by Attorney General Bondi that this petition is likely to satisfy the Court.
The 2016 petition was changed (from the 2014 version) to clarify some points, particularly as it relates to parental consent and the process in which people can become caregivers. It also makes explicitly clear what the Supreme Court found was implied in the 2014 version: that medical marijuana could only be recommended to people with serious, debilitating conditions.
Though the court will still need to approve the petition, it appears the most significant obstacle to getting on the ballot will be obtaining enough validated petitions. To that end, we need each of you to go here, fill out the form, download and sign the petition, and mail it in.
Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same, by forwarding this email and sharing the petition link (http://www.unitedforcare.org/petition) on Facebook and Twitter.