Florida voters reject medical marijuana even though a majority didn’t reject it

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Floridians will not get to blaze up any legal doobies to cure their medical woes, despite the measure receiving broad support.

Amendment 2 rounded out election night with nearly 57.5 percent of the vote. It needed 60 percent to pass.

The measure would have allowed doctors to prescribe pot to patients to remedy various ailments associated with things like cancer, neurological disorders and even PTSD, among others.

Supporters, backed by Florida attorney powerhouse John Morgan, painted it as common sense compassion. They raised just shy of $200,000 from mostly local contributors. The group established to defeat the measure, Drug Free Florida, brought in more than $6.3 million. Most of that, $5.5 million came from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

Response to the amendment’s death on Twitter has been something of a comedy.

“Did everyone blaze up before and forget to go vote? You had one JOB,” tweeted one user.

Not sure what this one means, but another tweet simply gargled, “rasbumbaclaat!!”

Other Twitter users pointed out they’ll be sparking up anyway.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.