Clemens said legislators didnt like the proposed amendment because it wasnt specific enough. So now hell present specifics by way of a bill with fellow Democrat, Rep. Katie Edwards of Plantation. Edwards said the bill, with extensive regulations, will be called the Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act, named for a Sarasota activist who has Lou Gehrigs disease, or ALS.
Another reason to avoid a constitutional amendment: Were coming off an election season where the Legislature put 11 proposed amendments on the ballot. And I didnt want to add to the noise, Clemens said.
Only three of the Legislatures amendments passed. Many were printed in full, which helped create long early voting and Election Day lines that made Florida an election laughingstock.
One of the measures printed in full, which failed 48.5-51.5 percent, was designed as a way to oppose Obamacare, was put on the ballot by lawmakers who said they supported healthcare freedom.
This poll suggests that Florida voters support healthcare freedom when it comes to doctors dispensing pot.
A whopping 81 percent of voters said doctors should be able to recommend marijuana to patients without fear of arrest or loss of license, while 14 percent were opposed. The doctor item was the most-popular polled.
Not only does this poll show strong support in Florida, it indicates opposition is weak.
A fifth of those opposed said theyd change their mind and vote yes if a doctor recommended marijuana to a family member suffering from a serious illness, the Hamilton Strategies poll shows.
Attitudes might be evolving as Florida continues to draw retirees who came of age in the 1960s. An 18-year-old in 1967s Summer of Love is 64 today.
Its like taking a magic pill, a medical-marijuana-smoking Boca Raton retiree told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel last year for a story on the rise of senior stoners.
I can have a crappy, crappy day and I take one toke and in less than three minutes Im leveled out and feel wonderful, the 70-year-old woman said.
Florida is changing, said Roger Stone, the libertarian consultant to PUFMM who might run for governor. But one thing remains the same: We have a lot of older voters. And a lot of those older voters dont want the government making their healthcare decisions.