Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release

November 8, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150

MEMO: Attorney General Bondi Files Brief Regarding Proposal for Medical Marijuana Amendment, Summary and Title

The Attorney General’s Office today filed its brief with the Florida Supreme Court regarding the proposal for the medical marijuana amendment, summary and title.
The summary of argument states:

“The proposal at issue does not give voters the full disclosure they deserve and the Constitution demands. The proposal hides the fact that the Amendment would make Florida one of the most lenient medical-marijuana states, allowing use for limitless “other conditions” specified by any physician. With no “condition” off limits, physicians could authorize marijuana for anything, any time, to anyone, of any age. But rather than tell voters of this extraordinary scope, the summary uses language to prey on voters’ understandable sympathies for Florida’s most vulnerable patients—those suffering “debilitating diseases.” The problem is that this language, which appears nowhere in the Amendment, misleads voters about the Amendment’s true scope, purpose, and effect. If voters are asked to open Florida to expansive marijuana use, they deserve to know it.”

Additionally, the summary of argument includes the following points:

The summary is invalid because it says nothing of the broad tort and disciplinary immunity the Amendment affords physicians. The summary does not tell voters that the Amendment offers physicians constitutional immunity from civil liability, criminal liability, and any other discipline; and

The summary suggests that medical marijuana is permissible under federal law. In reality, whether the Amendment passes or not, the medical use of marijuana is a federal criminal offense. Rather than give voters this critical fact, the summary misleads them into believing the opposite.

To access the brief, please follow this link:$file/FLSupremeCourtFilingPetition.pdf