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A sharply divided Florida Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for voters to decide this fall whether Florida will join 20 other states in allowing the use of medical marijuana.

The 4-3 decision upheld the ballot language for the constitutional amendment, rejecting arguments from Attorney General Pam Bondi, legislative leaders and law enforcement officials who contended the proposal was misleading and, if approved by 60 percent of the voters, would lead to widespread marijuana use in the state.

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A proposed ballot measure to legalize marijuana for recreational use in Colorado has survived two legal challenges.

The Colorado Supreme Court this week rejected two challenges to the measure that would ask voters whether marijuana in small amounts should be legal for people over 21. Sponsors of the marijuana measure are gathering signatures to place the question on 2012 ballots.

Supporters of legalized marijuana in California are considering three possible ballot initiatives to legalize recreational usage of the plant. Two of the initiatives are aiming to be placed on the 2010 ballot and supporters of another are looking toward the 2012 ballot. If a bill currently moving through the legislature to legalize marijuana passes voters won’t have to weigh in at all.


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