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Updated: 03/03/2013 08:01:00AM

Legislature should embrace medical pot

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New polling numbers show strong bipartisan support and an all-star cast of political operatives are coalescing around a push to put a medical marijuana referendum on the 2014 Florida ballot, according to a Miami Herald report this week. The effort faces many logistical and monetary obstacles, but deserves serious consideration for voters and the Legislature, which could clear many of those obstacles by simply putting the measure on the ballot itself.

We have argued in the past that not only should marijuana be allowed for medical purposes, but that it should be legalized or at least decriminalized. 24 states and the District of Columbia have either legalized, decriminalized or allowed medical marijuana. Of those eighteen states have medical marijuana laws and two, Colorado and Washington, legalized pot outright last year. A legalization referendum will be on California’s ballot in 2014 after narrowly losing in 2010.

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