Viewers Voice: Medical marijuana one step closer to getting on ballot

Miriam Zamorano

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Viewers Voice: Medical marijuana one step closer to getting on ballot

CREATED Jan. 17, 2014
CAPE CORAL, Fla. - A major development in the push to legalize medical marijuana is sparking more of a reaction from voters.
While some are claiming victory in getting one step closer to making the issue one you decide on come November, others fear legalizing pot will be a dark cloud for the Sunshine State.
Supporters of medical marijuana cleared another hurdle saying they have enough signatures to get the issue on the November ballot, more than 1.1 million signatures, well more than the 680,000 required.
"It's a sign that there's a very serious interest in it. It's not easy to get the required number of signatures," said political science professor Dr. Peter Bergerson.
Russell from Cape Coral called in saying he would vote yes on legalizing medical marijuana.
"Other states have legalized it, I don't see why Florida should not be next in line," said Russell.
Another viewer supporting the movement texted, "Medical marijuana will create new revenue for the state and local governments and provide much needed relief for many people who suffer from chronic pain."
Before the issue can get on the ballot, the signatures must be certified then the Florida supreme court will have to approve the language in the amendment.  
Joanne from North Fort Myers thinks it's about time voters have a say.
"It's a long time in getting here. There's a lot of seniors that would appreciate that with arthritis and sleeping and many other issues," she said.
But Jessie is concerned for the younger generation.
"I feel that legalizing marijuana will not be good for our teenagers. They become potheads and they don't focus on school," said Jessie.

Another viewer wrote, "I say no. It will become another drug like cigarettes...30-50 years from now they will create another cancer."