Our opponents have decided NOT to contest United for Care's 2016 petition at the Florida Supreme Court

As you may recall, United for Care won approval of the 2014 petition despite strong opposition by Attorney General Bondi’s office, as well as the Florida Medical Association, Chamber of Commerce, Florida Sheriffs Association and others.

NONE of these groups filed opposition this time!

While this could mean a speedier approval by the Supreme Court, it is at least a tacit acknowledgment by Attorney General Bondi that this petition is likely to satisfy the Court.  

The 2016 petition was changed (from the 2014 version) to clarify some points, particularly as it relates to parental consent and the process in which people can become caregivers.  It also makes explicitly clear what the Supreme Court found was implied in the 2014 version: that medical marijuana could only be recommended to people with serious, debilitating conditions.

Though the court will still need to approve the petition, it appears the most significant obstacle to getting on the ballot will be obtaining enough validated petitions.  To that end, we need each of you to go here, fill out the form, download and sign the petition, and mail it in.  

Please also encourage your friends and family to do the same, by forwarding this email and sharing the petition link (http://www.unitedforcare.org/petition) on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you,

Ben Pollara

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commented 2016-03-10 13:36:06 -0500 · Flag
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commented 2016-01-26 22:28:36 -0500 · Flag
The new proposed amendment is similar to last year’s version, with a few tweaks designed to counter objections raised by opponents.
As with the 2014 amendment, the new language calls for doctors to certify that a patient suffers from a debilitating condition and could benefit from using pot. The state would issue ID cards for patients and caregivers. Licensed treatment centers would grow and sell the marijuana. No one could grow their own.
commented 2016-01-26 22:27:40 -0500 · Flag
United for Care’s first proposed medical marijuana system gained 58 percent of the vote in November — two points shy of the 60 percent required to amend Florida’s Constitution. That’s close enough to make another effort worthwhile, said campaign director Ben Pollara.
“The voters of Florida clearly want a medical marijuana law and we intend to pass one, whether in the Legislature this session or on the ballot in 2016,’’ Pollara said.
commented 2016-01-13 00:09:27 -0500 · Flag
I can not find an email address for ‘unitedforcare’ as I have been using marijuana for prevention of Acute Pancreatitis. I have Pancreatic duct divism, and chronic pancreatitis from all the years of procedures trying to open the tiny duct that I must use. The relief is Amazing, In the past 15 years it has prevented excruciating pain from vomiting bile, causing an acute attack, and relieves nausea, saving me pain, money, further damage to my pancreas and avoiding the 5 day hospital sray. It relaxes the abdomen, eases stress and pain to the abdomen area and stimulates appetite. Since food is bad for me and creates nausea when thinking of it I have a problem where food is no.longer appetizing to me so it’s difficult and important for me to get the nutrients I need each day.
I hope the Medical Professionals can INCLUDE CHRONIC PANCREATITIS because I’d be in a lot worse shape if I had not been exposed to try this for symptoms when this congenital abnormality became a serious problem for me in 2000.
commented 2016-01-04 21:45:21 -0500 · Flag
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commented 2015-11-18 18:21:20 -0500 · Flag
I am 51 disabled with Glaucoma, arthritis, FMS, spinal stenosis, brain cyst and numerous other health issues. I am what the medical profession refers to as a Paradoxical Reactive Patient. I have adverse effects from man made medications. I am not allergic to anything in nature. I really need them to legalize Marijuana because it is one of the only things that can relieve me of some of my suffering. Please help. Thank you.
commented 2015-11-12 10:43:55 -0500 · Flag
@ S Sims if I had the disposable income I would be happy to but I’m just getting by as it is, that’s why I wish the right to grow your own was put in the petition it would help a lot of people out that are going to have to spend a fortune at a few shops that are going to control the market!!!!!
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commented 2015-11-11 20:55:22 -0500 · Flag
Bondi be damnned!
Joe Somebody is right. They lie and say they want to help us—but then don’t. We MUST continue the fight to force them to do it! TV commercials are an excellent idea—and I think Joe Somebody ought to pay for the first one since he thought it up.
Seriously, Morgan has spent a fortune—we need to put our money where our mouths are!
commented 2015-11-11 07:52:15 -0500 · Flag
I so happy about this. I was worried about it..
commented 2015-11-05 10:28:04 -0500 · Flag
Dear United for Care you guys need to put TV ads blasting our politicians for not implemting the Charlotte s Web bill after 1 1/2 year saying we can’t count on them and this is why we need this petition..