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Florida clears key hurdle to 'medical marijuana'

Published on Jan 28, 2014 1:10 AM

MIAMI (AFP) - Organisers in Florida have collected enough signatures to put a measure on legalising medical marijuana to a vote.

Advocates seeking to legalise pot for medicinal purposes in Florida said they exceeded the 683,149 signatures needed to put the measure on the ballot by almost 40,000. They now must await a ruling from the state Supreme Court on the legality and the wording of the measure, which is being challenged by state officials.

"We're thrilled that we got the signatures we needed to get on the ballot," said Mr Ben Pollara, campaign manager of People United for Medical Marijuana.

"We're thrilled at the prospect of making history in Florida and helping Floridians decide compassionate care laws," added Mr Pollara, who said a total of 722,416 signatures were collected across the state ahead of Friday's deadline.

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