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Medical Marijuana, Property-Tax Exemptions To Appear On November Ballot

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Florida voters could potentially decide on  five proposed constitutional amendments this year.

Three of them will appear on the November ballot, and two others are awaiting approval from the governor and Florida Supreme Court.

During the August primary election, voters could decide whether to give commercial-property owners a tax break on renewable-energy devices. That measure, the Legislature’s Amendment 4, is awaiting Gov. Rick Scott’s signature before it goes to ballot printers.

Amendment 1, a utility-company-backed solar-power measure, is awaiting Supreme Court approval of its wording. It could appear alongside three others already OKd for the November ballot.

Amendment 2 would legalize medical marijuana in a more expanded form than the non-smoked variety the state already allows. A similar amendment failed to pass by a slim margin in 2014. 

And the Legislature’s Amendments 3 and 5 would give property tax exemptions—one for first responders severely injured in the line of duty, and one for low-income seniors.

Voters must approve constitutional amendments by 60 percent. 

The News Service of Florida contributed to this report. Photoused under Creative Commons license.

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP