Florida Supreme court to hear marijuana initiative arguments Dec. 5

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The Florida Supreme Court has scheduled arguments Dec. 5 on the wording of a proposed 2014 constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana, according to an order issued Monday.

Attorneys will present opinions focusing on the language of the ballot measure. Attorney General Pam Bondi filed documents blocking the initiative, reports the News Service of Florida, by claiming wording could confuse voters about the extent of legal marijuana use, if approved.

Orlando attorney John Morgan spearheaded the effort to put a legal marijuana amendment on the November 2014 ballot.

Backers of the initiative face two major hurdles before the initiative makes its way to Florida voters, the News Service notes — the Supreme Court must sign off on ballot language, and 683,149 valid petition signatures must be collected by Feb.1.

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