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Medical marijuana campaigners in Florida continue to collect signatures as deadline draws near

9:56 PM, Dec 19, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The clock in winding down and medical marijuana supporters are now hustling to gather 1 million signatures from registered Florida voters by mid-January. Their goal is to get medical marijuana on the states 2014 ballot.

This weekend volunteers from a group called United for Care may approach you. Just last week campaign manager, Ben Pallara says volunteers collected 100,000 signatures and on Saturday, they'll have an event called Day of Action all across the state.

At just two and half years old, Cathy Klein says her son Sean had his first seizure and seven years later he has at least one episode every day.

"It's really difficult," said Klein. "It's been difficult for us because we have not been able to find a way to control his seizures."

Now working with neurologist number eight, Klein says she's been told there's nothing more that can be done to help her son.

"The answers just aren't out there," said Klein. "We've tried everything that we can try. The only thing left is what's not legal in Florida and that's medical marijuana."

Klein is among hundreds of volunteers working with United for Care. Pollara says they've collected nearly 700,000 signatures around the state. But those signatures need to be verified. From there the battle continues. The Supreme Court will make a ruling on the constitutionality of the language in their proposal. All while opponents including the attorney general, work to keep the proposal off the ballot.

As many fear the effects medicinal marijuana could have on not just patients but the state as a whole, Klein waits, hoping she'll soon be able to take her son's future into her own hands.

"I need to be able to do what it takes to help my child," said Klein. "Any parent would do anything."

By February 1, 2014 there needs to be 683,149 signatures from registered voters collected.

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