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Fla. Supreme Court to hear arguments on medical marijuana proposal

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Florida's Supreme Court will take up the issue of medical marijuana this morning in Tallahassee. The justices will hear oral arguments on whether the proposed language in the ballot measure meets the standards set by the constitution.

At issue: Is the measure clear and not misleading, and is it a single issue?

If the court rules that it meets those guidelines, it will be cleared to appear on the November ballot.

The governor, attorney general and law enforcement organizations oppose the proposed measure. Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee thinks it's a smokescreen.

"It's so broad -- and I think intentionally so -- that it was done that way to allow so many loopholes in the law. So basically it would be unenforceable, the way it's presented. It's just kind of a segue into the wholesale legalization of marijuana," Gee said.

The biggest supporter is high-profile attorney John Morgan, who says that polls show the public wants it.

"I'm very happy. There's a new poll out that 82 percent of Floridians were in favor of medical marijuana," he said.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday morning at 9 a.m. and has until April 1 to rule on the issue.

In the meantime, supporters must gather more than 600,000 signatures by early next year to quality for the November 2014 ballot.

You can watch the Supreme Court hearing live from Tallahassee Thursday morning at 9 a.m. here: http://www.wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/live.php

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