Florida OKs medical marijuana as nine states vote on pot

Pennsylvania launches 24th US medical marijuana program

Floridians with a debilitating medical illness – as determined by a state physician — will soon be able to use medical marijuana, after voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot provision legalizing it on Tuesday.

Just two years after the state rejected a similar measure, a vast majority of Florida voters cast ballots in favor of Amendment 2, according to an early count posted by Florida’s Secretary of State, exceeding the 60 percent threshold needed to approve the legislation and insert an amendment into the state constitution that would allow people with cancer, epilepsy, and other serious conditions to use the substance if their doctor recommends it.

Nine states are voting on how to handle marijuana use on Tuesday, with five states voting on full legalization and four states weighing medical marijuana on the ballot.

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