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4:53 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Medical Pot Campaign Reaches Its Petition Signature Goal

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Elections officials certified on Friday, Jan. 24, that the campaign to legalize medical marijuana in Florida collected enough qualified signatures to put the proposed amendment on this November's ballot.

Campaign manager Ben Pollara says his organization, United We Care, gathered more than 1 million signatures to come up with the 683,149 needed to win a ballot spot.

He is now starting to fundraise for what he says will be an expensive and difficult campaign.

"I don't know how much oxygen there's going to be on the TV waves for medical marijuana, in what's gonna be the most expensive governor's race maybe in the history of the country," Pollara says. "But we're certainly going to be out there, advocating and educating the voters."

His fight's not over, though: The election can't take place before the state Supreme Court rules on Attorney General Pam Bondi's lawsuit over the ballot language. The ruling is expected by April.