The votes are in. The Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment was defeated. The amendment required 60% of the votes and only 58% was received. Obviously the majority does not rule. This strong showing was not enough for the amendment to pass.
Senior Citizens help to Defeat the Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment
Florida’s large senior citizen and retirement population is believed to have been a deciding factor in the defeat of the Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment. That and the millions of dollars spent in trying to defeat this amendment.
The defeat of the Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment means that patients who could benefit from the medicinal properties of marijuana will still be left with either doing so illegally or going without.
Cannabis is well known for its properties that reduce pain and the sensation of extreme nausea.
This is not the end for trying to get the Florida Medical Marijuana Amendment passed. John Morgan, an attorney and chairman of the United for Care campaign says that they will more than likely try again in the 2016 elections. The mid-term elections have a lower voter turn out and more young people vote in presidential election years. The young voters could make a substantial difference in results.
Sheldon Adelson throws Millions of Dollars to Defeat the Amendment
Although the Morgan and Morgan law firm in Florida spent millions of dollars, some help to defeat the amendment came from Las Vegas hotel and casino mogul, Sheldon Adelson. Adelson’s support of the Drug Free Florida’s campaign included $5.5 million donations, a mere pittance for one of the richest men in the country.
In a September 5, 2013 press release, Calvina Fay, Executive Director of Drug Free America Foundation, Inc, stated, “I am concerned about my home state, Florida, which is facing a potential medi-pot ballot initiative in 2014.”
A University of California San Francisco (UCSF) study suggests that greater relief can be had for chronic pain patients if their doctors add cannabinoids to an opiates only treatment plan.
As John Morgan states, this is not the end of the efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Campaigning and lobbying for the 2016 election will probably start soon.