Florida Supreme Court Approves Medical Marijuana Ballot

Supporters of medical marijuana in Florida are celebrating a huge victory due to the recent Florida Supreme Court ruling.  In December, I wrote an article on the Jacksonville criminal defense lawyers website about the debate over marijuana being used in Florida for medicinal purposes.  The article was titled Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer and the Florida Medical Marijuana Debate.  I wrote this article a day before the FL Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the issue.  The Court released it’s decision today, almost two months later.  Action News in Jacksonville FL reported about the story:

Jacksonville Cannabis Possession

Will marijuana be legalized in Florida?

“A Florida measure that would allow the use of medical marijuana has cleared its final hurdle and will be on the November ballot. The state Supreme Court on Monday approved the language for the proposed constitutional amendment. The justices gave its approval by a 4-3 vote just three days after a petition drive reached the required number of signatures to place the measure on the ballot.”

The FL Supreme Court apparently did not agree with Attorney General Pam Bondi’s argument that the proposed language for the ballot was misleading.  Florida Governor Rick Scott is also opposed to medical marijuana being on the ballot in November.  There are Florida politicians that support marijuana being used for medicinal purposes.  Florida “State Sen. Nan Rich and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both support it.”  There are Jacksonville lawyers and Florida attorneys that support the ballot as well.  One of the most out spoken and supportive supporters of the bill is John Morgan of Morgan & Morgan.  “Personal injury lawyer John Morgan has spent about $4 million to place the issue before voters.”

This does not mean that marijuana is legal in Florida.  This means that voters will decide in November whether marijuana will be permitted for medical uses.  If you are caught with marijuana, you will be either arrested or issued a ticket for Jacksonville possession of cannabis.  If you are facing possession charges, contact a Jacksonville criminal attorney at 20 Miles Law by calling (904) 564-2525.

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Cynthia Veintemillas

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Cynthia Veintemillas is an experienced Florida attorney. She began her legal career at the public defender’s office in Jacksonville, Florida. Her primary practice fields include criminal defense, litigation, and family law. She has also represented many people facing foreclosure in Duval County, Clay County, and St. Johns County, Florida.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Florida, 2006
  • South Carolina, 2007
  • Middle District of Florida, 2009

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

  • Florida Bar 
Member Since: 2006
  • South Carolina 
Member Since: 2007
  • Jacksonville Bar 
Member Since: 2008
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


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