WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Florida voters have rejected the sale and distribution of medical marijuana in the state.
The Associated Press declared that Amendment 2 had failed as it did not appear it would reach the necessary 60 percent to pass. With nearly 90 percent of precincts reporting, about 57 percent of voters had voted yes.
The campaign for medical marijuana was among the most expensive ballot measures in the country, with millions spent on both sides.
State lawmakers had passed a narrow medical marijuana law earlier this year to allow low-potency strains of the drug for certain patients.
But supporters of Amendment 2 argued a broader law was necessary to make medical marijuana available to people representing a broader group of illnesses.
Opponents prevailed with warnings the amendment was too loosely worded and would result in a system where marijuana was medical in name only.