Medical marijuana’s chances of becoming legal in Florida any time soon went up in smoke last night as Amendment 2 failed, garnering just 58 percent of the vote, two percent short of the needed 60 to pass.

Two of South Florida’s counties met the 60 percent threshold. The amendment garnered 68 percent in Broward, and 64 percent in Palm Beach, but only received 56 percent in Miami-Dade.

Most analysts agreed that turnout would be the key to winning, especially in Broward County, but voter turnout was much lower than many had hoped for in the heavily democratic county.

“Supporters of medical marijuana shouldn’t be deterred. We came so close and we should try again in 2016,” said Norm Kent, past board chair of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. His advice next time: “The campaign needs to be more of a cross section of people instead of a one man crusade by an Orlando attorney.”

In the gayborhood of Wilton Manors Amendment 2 received strong support passing with 82 percent.

“We may not have passed amendment 2 tonight but make no mistake, tonight was a victory in the fight for medical marijuana in Florida,” wrote John Morgan, with People United for Medical Marijuana, in an email. “The idea that marijuana is medicine and that those suffering and in pain should not be made criminals, received a larger share of the vote than the winner of the last 6 gubernatorial elections and every presidential campaign in Florida for decades.”

Morgan promised to take the fight to Tallahassee and if politicians do not act then he will attempt to get the issue back on the ballot in 2016.


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