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Medical Marijuana Initiative

CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times

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Floridians will vote Nov. 4 on a constitutional amendment that would legalize possession and sale of marijuana for medical purposes. Patients would need a doctor's certification that they have a debilitating illness or condition. Polls indicate broad support, but Amendment 2 must pass by 60 percent or more to succe …

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  1. Study suggests medical marijuana reduces opiate overdoses

    Elections

    In a finding that could ripple through Florida, a study released this week reported that the average number of narcotic painkiller overdoses in medical marijuana states is 25 percent lower than would be expected if pot use weren't legal.

    A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests medical marijuana reduces opiate overdoses.
  2. Heavyweights on opposite sides of medical marijuana fight forge unlikely friendship

    Elections

    Trial lawyer John Morgan — whose outsized persona is already etched onto Florida's consciousness — said medical marijuana has boosted his celebrity even higher.

    FILE - In this April 5, 2013 file photo, Las Vegas Sands Corp. CEO Sheldon Adelson testifies in Clark County district court, in Las Vegas. A jury on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 awarded Hong Kong businessman Richard Suen a $70 million judgment against Las Vegas Sands Corp. Suen claimed he was owed up to $328 million for helping the Las Vegas-based company secure a lucrative gambling license in Macau, the only place in China where casino gambling is legal. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
  3. Jeb Bush: 'I strongly urge' Floridians to vote against medical marijuana

    Blogs

    Jeb Bush is adding his influential voice to the medical marijuana debate in Florida, saying the ballot initiative could harm Florida's reputation.

  4. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking link between marijuana and fatal car crashes

    State Roundup

    Medical marijuana opponents are taking to the streets to oppose Amendment 2, citing statistics that drugged driving would be a major side effect to legalizing cannabis.

  5. Regulators say they sought compromise with new marijuana rule

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's attempt to draft a medical marijuana rule ran into another buzz-saw of complaints Friday as potential growers lamented being forced to truck their product across the state and investors warned that a lottery to select pot producers will scare away qualified companies.

  6. Rubio supports medical marijuana — but only the noneuphoric kind

    State Roundup

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Marco Rubio came out Wednesday in support of the use of medical marijuana, but only the noneuphoric type approved by the Florida Legislature.

    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said he supports only  noneuphoric strains of marijuana for pain relief.
  7. Rubio comes out in limited support of medical marijuana

    Blogs

    Sen. Marco Rubio this afternoon said he supports the use of medical marijuana but only the noneuphoric type approved by the Florida Legislature.

    Sen. Marco Rubio talks with reporters in his Washington office on July 30, 2014.