Florida voters are going to see a medical marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot for the second election cycle in a row. The 2016 version is different than the 2014 version in a handful of ways. The 2014 initiative lost by just 2 percent. An improved initiative, lessons learned from the 2014 campaign, and a higher voter turnout due to a Presidential election will hopefully overcome that 2 percent. Florida residents want medical marijuana, and not the version previously passed by the Florida Legislature that doesn't really help anyone. The Editorial Board at the Miami-Herald agrees. Per an excerpt from a recently published article by the media outlet:
But this is about sick people. Passage of the amendment means patients will go to a doctor, who can recommend they receive a medical marijuana card. The card will be issued by the Florida Department of Health, giving a patient the right to buy medical marijuana at dispensaries expected to spring up across the state.
Today, 23 states already permit medical cannabis use, and three more are poised to advance similar laws this year. Florida should join the group, primarily for the sake of an ailing population that wants it available.
Floridians have sent a signal they want medical marijuana. For humanitarian reasons, voters should approve the measure this time around.
I love the compassionate approach the outlet took. A lot of media outlets will tout the business side of a reform effort, if they even support it at all. At the end of the day the United for Care campaign is about compassion, and helping sick people get access to a medicine that is proven to be safe and effective. If you live in Florida, tell everyone that you know to vote for the initiative in November!