If marijuana proposal returns, rewrite suggested

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The outgoing Florida House leader says if supporters of medical marijuana plan to push forward, they must rewrite their proposal.

House Speaker Will Weatherford said Thursday that Amendment 2 didn’t pass because people feared “loopholes that you could drive a truck through.”

He said lawmakers tried to be “compassionate but also be guarded” in passing a narrow medical marijuana law.

Amendment 2’s supporters say that wasn’t enough and that they’ll take their fight back to the statehouse, or return to ballots in 2016.

Weatherford says though he doesn’t think he’d support the cause, “If they’re very serious and want to find a way to provide people medical marijuana they ought to go back and look at the language.”

The chief backer of the amendment says he’s open to rewriting it.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.