Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Medical Marijuana Petition

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Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Medical Marijuana Petition

Both sides of the medical marijuana petition debate in Florida gathered Thursday to make their case in front of the seven justices of the state Supreme Court. The justices had plenty of questions for Jon L. Mills, former Florida Speaker of the House and the attorney representing People United For Medical Marijuana, the group trying to put the issue before voters in November 2014.

In particular, the justices wanted answers to the charges made by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who says the petition language is misleading and would allow anyone to get cannabis as long as a doctor said it was okay. Mills maintained that the intent of the petition is that only those with debilitating conditions would qualify for medical marijuana under the law, if it is approved and enacted.

Several justices questioned the wording of the petition, at one point debating the difference between a "condition" and a "disease." Mills responding by saying that a two-part criteria for doctors in prescribing marijuana would ensure its approval for only those with a "debilitating condition."

The justices gave no indication on when a ruling in this matter can be expected.