High Court Slates Medical Marijuana Arguments For December

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 5 about whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should go before voters in 2014.

Justices on Monday issued an order scheduling the arguments, which will focus on the wording of the ballot initiative.

Attorney General Pam Bondi last week filed a document arguing that the court should block a vote on the proposed amendment. Bondi contended, in part, that the ballot language could deceive voters about the extent of marijuana use that would be allowed. Prominent Orlando trial attorney John Morgan is leading the drive to put the amendment on the November 2014 ballot.

Along with needing the Supreme Court to sign off on the ballot language, backers also must collect 683,149 valid petition signatures by Feb. 1.

“The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.”

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