Would legalized pot cause pill mill epidemic?

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In this Dec. 27, 2013 photo, marijuana and cannabis-infused products are displayed for sale at Medicine Man marijuana dispensary in Denver, which is now open as a recreational retail outlet. (Photo: Brennan Linsley, AP)
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Tampa, Florida - It's official: pot is now on the ballot.

Today, the Florida Supreme Court gave it the green light to be on the November ballot. The justices were split 4-to-3 over the wording, which critics called confusing.

But the majority of the justices ruled, "We conclude that the voters will not be affirmatively misled because the ballot title and summary accurately convey the limited use of marijuana, as determined by a licensed Florida physician."

There are two schools of thought on this issue. Is the legalization of medical marijuana Pandora's Box, opening up all sorts of problems? Or is a way to help those truly suffering from diseases?

Medical marijuana could be legal come November if Florida voters say yes. As a pioneer on the issue, well-known attorney John Morgan has spent $4 million of his own money for a pot petition drive.

"When they hear the evidence and the facts, they're going to vote for it overwhelmingly. They just haven't heard it all yet, lot of people have, but a lot of people haven't," said John Morgan.

However, not everyone is celebrating the news. The Drug Free America Foundation is speaking out and very disappointed, saying medical marijuana will start another pill mill epidemic.

"By far, the majority of people of what we're going to see will be young people smoking pot, treating minor so-called ailments, really for the purpose of getting high," said Calvina Fay, the executive director from the Drug Free America Foundation.

She says if the pot proposal passes, it will become the next pill mill problem.

"I think we'll se the very same unscrupulous doctors that really create a problem in our community, peddling pot. No question in my mind," Fay said.

And, it all comes down to the wording on the ballot.

We asked, "So, it would be this section. Other conditions? Yes, other conditions."

Opponents say this is what concerns them, the phrase, "other conditions," which they claim could mean anything, from headaches to menstrual cramps.

10 News asked the people with Drug Free America if there would be any situation where they would find medical marijuana acceptable? Opponents say only if the wording listed specific serious diseases.

But, they say it has "loosey-goosey" wording, and people will make up anything to get it. 

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