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New medical marijuana amendment moves forward

New medical marijuana amendment moves forward

The second push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is moving full steam ahead, with more than 100,000 signed petitions presented to the state on Wednesday. "This is a massive head start over the previous campaign, which started late," said Ben Pollara, campaign manager of United for Care, the organization behind the medical marijuana amendment. "If we can sustain this pace, we should ensure our place on the ballot before the holidays." A similar proposal in 2014 garnered 57.6 percent of the vote — shy of the required 60 percent. But its odds may improve in 2016 because of an expected increase in voter turnout and more liberalized views toward marijuana,...

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