Florida's medical marijuana amendment passes, solar amendment fails

Medical marijuana is now legal in the state.

MIAMI (CBSMiami) — A proposed amendment to the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana has passed.

Two years ago, the medical marijuana initiative received 58% of the vote, just shy of the required 60-percent for approval.

It currently has more than 70-percent.

The bill allows for the legal use of medical marijuana for those with specific medical conditions including cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, Parkinson’s, MS, ALS, Crohn’s disease, AIDS or other debilitating medical conditions. Caregivers and distribution centers would be licensed by the state. It would not legalize non-medical use or possession.

Florida is now the 26th state along with the District of Columbia to legalize the marijuana plant for medical use. Florida is one of 16 states where only part of the marijuana plant is used.

Supporters say they listened to concerns from two years ago and changed the amendment’s wording to tighten oversight over the industry and protect children from harm.

The Associated Press just reported that Amendment 1, the solar power amendment has failed. 

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