As former Florida Supreme Court justices, we once took an oath to protect Florida’s Constitution. Today, we call on all Floridians to protect it by voting No on Amendment 2. This amendment, promoted as a compassionate effort to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, should be rejected — regardless of one’s position on the issue of medical marijuana.
Why should those who are both for and against medical marijuana vote No on Amendment 2? We offer five reasons.
When proposed amendments are placed on the ballot, voters only see a ballot title and ballot summary written by the amendment sponsors. Most voters don’t have the time or inclination to read the full text of the actual amendment, much less study its impact. We have read the amendment and studied its impact. And, we are troubled by what voters are being told about Amendment 2. Voters are led to believe that medical marijuana could only be used for “debilitating diseases.” But the full text of the amendment allows the use of marijuana for virtually any medical condition at the discretion of any recommending physician, and no actual prescription is required.
Whether marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes is an issue about which reasonable people disagree and more study is needed. But anyone who reads the full text of Amendment 2 should readily agree that it is plagued by loopholes and vagueness that would lead to a myriad of unintended and undesirable consequences.
Amendment 2 doesn’t belong in Florida’s Constitution. As former Florida Supreme Court justices who love Florida and its great Constitution, we urge voters to protect them both by voting No on Amendment 2 in November.