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Medical Marijuana Supporters Renew Legalization Efforts With New Petition

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Supporters of medical marijuana legalization went to court houses all over Florida on Friday in an effort to acquire the signatures needed to put the issue on the 2016 ballot.

Ben Pollara, campaign manager for United for Care, said that they need at total of 683,149 signatures.

United for Care, an organization dedicated to legalizing medical marijuana, was responsible for getting the medical marijuana referendum on the ballot in last year’s election, which failed by 2 percent.

“I think this year there’s going to be 2 to 3 million people who come out and vote in a presidential election that didn’t vote in 2014, which was a year that had a historically low turnout,” Pollara said. “And the people that come out and vote in presidential years are by and large folks who are more likely to be supportive of medical marijuana.”

United for Care has currently over 300,000 unverified signatures that will need to be verified by the state to count.

Pollara said supporters who signed the 2014 petition will have to sign again on the current petition to have their signatures count toward the final goal.

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