Florida Medical Marijuana Leading In Amendment 2 Polls

Henrietta Brewer
October 25, 2016

Amendment 2 proponents say a potentially devastating misprint that left the medical marijuana measure off mail-in ballots in Broward County appears to have affected only a handful of voters.

Norm Kent, on behalf of NORML of Florida, a group that supports reforming marijuana laws, filed suit last week after elections officials verified that two Oakland Park voters received ballots that omitted Amendment 2, a statewide question about allowing the use of marijuana for medical reasons.

They asked for an injunction and for the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office to explain how the mistake happened, the extent of it and how it is being fixed.

Attorney Burnadette Norris-Weeks, who represents the Broward Supervisor of Elections Office, said the office had already met those requirements. Anyone with an absentee ballot who thinks there might be a problem can go the Broward County Elections Headquarters in Lauderhill and staff will switch it out for a new one. "It could be that these were test ballots, but we have confirmed two that do not have Amendment 2 on them". A number of voters called to report that they couldn't find Amendment 2 on their ballots, but almost all turned out to be mistaken, Pollara said.

"I only work here", she joked.

If that process does not continues, Phillips said she would hold another hearing quickly in the future. People United for Medical Marijuana has more than $2 million in funding this year over the opposition's PAC, Drug-Free Florida.

Florida ballot amendments require 60 percent of voter support in order to pass. 2012's marijuana amendment narrowly failed to pass, getting 57.6 percent of the vote. That brings to $775,000 the total amount Stiefel has donated since the failure of the 2014 amendment.

Information from the News Service of Florida was used in this report.

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