Florida lawmaker files medical marijuana amendment

Rep. Jeff Clemens

Rep. Jeff Clemens

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A state lawmaker has introduced a proposed state constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Rep. Jeff Clemens, a Lake Worth Democrat, said Thursday that there's no good reason to let people use synthetic drugs such as methadone and oxycodone while banning a natural, safer drug.

The odds, though, are stacked against Clemens getting three-fifths of the House and Senate, both Republican-controlled, to pass his amendment.

If he does, it would go on the November 2012 ballot, where it would need at least 60 percent voter approval.

Fifteen other states have passed variations of Clemens' proposal.

Clemens is a former staff writer for the Naples Daily News.

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