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Seniors could hold key to medical marijuana


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Seniors could hold key to medical marijuana

By Liza Fernandez. CREATED Sep 18, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. - Seniors are the largest voting block in Florida and the population most affected by the debilitating diseases medical marijuana claims to ease. They generally make up 40% or more of those who turn out to vote. And with Florida's big population of retirees, it seems, the backers of the  petition to get this proposed amendment on the ballot aren't too far off base.

"This is going to be a very, very popular vote for senior citizens because it is going to be an alternative to some really catastrophic medications they [seniors] are forced to deal with right now because of some very serious medical issues," say Edison State College political science professor Dr. Laura Weir.

The group United for Care is very close to getting this potential amendment to the state constitution reviewed by the state Supreme Court. If that happens, and the petition gets the nearly 700,000 signatures it needs, you will vote on medical marijuana come November of next year.