Florida Supreme Court approves medical marijuana ballot wording; Deltona petition organizer pleased with ruling

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A divided Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for a constitutional amendment on the November ballot that will let the Sunshine State's voters decide whether marijuana used foe medical purposes should be lawful.
 

TALLAHASSEE -- Florida's top court today signed off on the wording of a medical marijuana ballot question that asks Sunshine State voters voters to join nearly two dozen across the country in legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes.

The news was met with excitement by Deltona Democratic Party insider Ellen Juliano, herself a cancer survivor, and a key local organizer in the petition drive to get the medical marijuana ballot initiative drive, who had a personal message for the state attorney general: "Put that in pipe ands smoke it, Pam Bondi!"

Deltona Democrat Ellen Juliano led petition drive for medical marijuana ballot / Headline Surfer®Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi against medical marijuana / Headline Surfer®Ellen Juliano of Deltona, who was a key organizer behind the petition drive for the ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana, had some choice words for Attorney General Pam Bondi, shown here at right, who opposes the pot smoking regardless of potential medical benefits.

The news was met with excitement by Deltona Democratic Party insider Ellen Juliano, herself a cancer survivor, and a key local organizer in the petition drive to get the medical marijuana ballot initiative drive, had a personal message for the state attorney general: "Put that in pipe ands smoke it, Pam Bondi!"

Juliano excitedly shared the news with her friends on her Facebook page late this afternoon, writing, "Florida State Supreme Court says YES to approve medical marijuana ballot language... We are ON the November ballot!!!"

The politics behind the fight on legalization of pot isn't pretty for conservatives like Bondi, who asserted the ballot language considered by the justices was misleading.

And in an election year, the 4-3 split by the Supreme Court justices allowing for the constitutional amendment to appear on the Florida ballot is seen as a defeat for Gov. Rick Scott who, like Bondi, opposes the marijuana use, even for medical reasons like helping cancer patients suffering from nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite due to chemo treatments.

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GOP Gov. Rick Scott, shown at far left, is on the losing end of the medical marijuana ballot initiative while former Gov. Charlie Crist, running for his old job as a Democrat is supportive of it. And Crist's current employer is John Morgan, the power attorney who put up $4 million to push  the statewide petition drive to legalize pot for medical uses.
 

The High Court's ruling is not only a defeat for the "Just Say No" GOP mantra of conservatives like Bondi, but also an embarrassment politically for the Republican governor for two very obvious reasons:

1. Personal injury lawyer John Morgan, known for his "For the People" TV commercials, spent $4 million of his own money to help with the funding necessary to get the petitions out to the public.

2. Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist works for Morgan in St. Petersburg and now running as a Democrat, is the perceived favorite to get the Democratic nomination against party rival and State Sen. Nan Rich. Both support the medical marijuana ballot initiative.

The Supreme Court's decision comes just three days the minimum 683,149 signatures required was far surpassed, the precursor approval by the justices assuring the ballot would go to the voters in November.

Juliano had earlier let her supporters know Friday on Facebook that their grassroots effort meant the language would go to the Supreme Court.

"We did it," Juliano said Friday. "Over 710,000 verified medical marijuana (signatures). Go Florida and thank you, John Morgan and all of the awesome volunteers!"

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The debate is on as to validity of medical marijuana for those suffering from cancer and other diseases for which the drug reportedly brings relief

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Here are opposing views on the pros and cons to health with medical marijuana.
 

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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via HeadlineSurfer.com since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories narly eveenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in Wst Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.