Florida medical marijuana: Supporters claim victory, say enough signatures gathered for 2014 ballot

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Organizers with United For Care said they've collected enough signatures to get a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana on a 2014 ballot in Florida.

Election supervisors are in the process of certifying 1.1 million signatures petitioned by the group. So far, election officials have certified nearly 458,000 signatures.

The group only needed to gather 683,189 signatures before Feb. 1, which is the deadline to turn signatures in to the elections office.

Even with enough signatures, the Florida Supreme Court still has to approve the language in the amendment before it can go on the ballot.

Attorney General Pam Bondi is challenging the wording, calling it misleading to voters on how medical marijuana can be used.

Proponents believe voters will know they're deciding on whether doctors can use their expertise to decide whether to prescribe the drug for debilitating conditions.

The court heard arguments in December regarding the language in the amendment. They are expected to make a ruling in April.

If the court approves the wording, 60 percent of voters need to vote yes in order for it to pass.

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