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Medical marijuana's influence on Governor's race

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Cathy Jordan takes a drag from a marijuana cigarette held by her husband Bob. Jordan is diagnosed with ALS, and says she uses marijuana for medical reasons.

 


 


While the next election is still nearly a year away, many people are already working hard to get your vote.

For one group, they say the election could end up being life saving.

Diagnosed with ALS 28 years ago, Cathy Jordan is thankful her husband Bob is around, but she says she most thankful that she's alive.

"She's exhausted all other medical avenues," Bob explains. The Jordans believe Cathy is alive today because of medical marijuana.

She says every puff she takes, she's breaking the law and that needs to change.

"If I don't use it, I will die," she says.

But as activists push to get medical marijuana on the November ballot, a political science professor at the University of South Florida says there's a long road ahead.

"Right now, the Attorney General is challenging the wording of the amendment, how it is being worded and the Florida Supreme court has the last word," says Susan MacManus.

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MacManus says everyone will be watching what the Supreme Court has to say, but none more so than Democrats.

"Democrats see this as a way to get younger voters out to the polls and records show that younger people are for legalization of marijuana," she explains.

Which is why MacManus says this is going to be a big part of the governor's race.

"The governor candidates are going to have to weigh in. Crist has said he's in favor, and Scott has said no."

But for Cathy Jordan, she's worried that even if the Supreme Court signs off on the wording of the amendment on December 5th, there are still only 200,000 signatures on the petition and they need close to 700,000 by February to get the issue on the ballot.

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