United for Care, the campaign to put a medical marijuana petition on the Florida ballot, just surpassed the total number of verified petition signatures it needs to qualify for the ballot.
According to data provided by the Florida Secretary of State's Office, the campaign has -- as of as of Friday afternoon -- 710,508 verified signatures, surpassing the 683,149 total needed. The state notes that these 'verified totals' are still unofficial until the initiative receives certification and a ballot number.
Attorney John Morgan who has led the push for medical marijuana, is confident about the initiative.
"The time is now. It works," said Morgan. "It's going to have an impact positively. It's going to cut down on crime. There's going to be a tax base. It's going to increase real estate. It's all win/ All you have to do is look at other states where it's been enacted"
The Florida Supreme Court still has to approve or reject the wording of the ballot question.