Surge in momentum for medical marijuana in Florida - FOX 13 News

Surge in momentum for medical marijuana in Florida

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The push for medical marijuana is taking off in Florida. The campaign needs around 683,000 valid signatures to get on the ballot, and it had nearly 700,000 petitions last week.

The campaign knows a lot of petitions get thrown out because signatures don't match, so they're trying to collect as many as they can by the February deadline.

And if the question gets on the ballot, polls show it has a good chance of passing. A Tampa Bay Times poll conducted last week shows 68 percent of people support medical marijuana. Only around 1 in 4 opposes it.

It remains a hot-button issue heading into the election. On our MyFoxTampaBay Facebook page, around 5,000 people commented on one post about it.

Priscilla Eberle thinks of her granddaughter, who bears her name. She died of bone cancer at the age of 16.

"Even the oncologist said if she would take the marijuana, it would stop so much of the pain she had," Eberle said,

The polls seem to show a driving support for medical marijuana. Last month, a Quinnipiac survey showed 82 percent support marijuana to help the very sick.

Opponents, like the Drug Free American Foundation, say marijuana does more harm than good – even for sick people.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and other state leaders are trying to block this campaign in court. Opponents say the question is misleading and could lead to widespread drug abuse, because people could fake sicknesses just to get marijuana.

"Once you open that channel, there's no stopping it," Pastor Bruce Hall told us.

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