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Deadline Today for Florida Supreme Court on Two Big Ballot Amendments

Florida Supreme Court In Tallahassee

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The Florida Supreme Court hand down two big decisions today on abortion and pot ballot amendments today.

The court has until April first to decide if amendments regarding the use of recreational marijuana and abortion rights will be on the ballot in November.

The rulings were expected Thursday, but the high court issued a notice Thursday saying:

"There are no Florida Supreme Court opinions ready for release today," on March 28. They added, "The Florida Supreme Court will release out-of-calendar opinions at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 1."

The state supreme court must decide if the ballot summaries for both measures comply with state law and don't mislead voters.

If they make it on the Nov. 5th ballot, they will need 60% of voters to support them to pass.

Ballot amendment three would legalize recreational marijuana allowing those who are 21 and up to purchase and have marijuana products and accessories for non-medical reasons.

Amendment four says it would "limit government interference with abortion," saying no law should "prohibit, penalize, delay or restrict abortion" in early pregnancy, which is before the fetus can survive outside the womb, or when necessary to protect the patient's health, which would be determined by the patient's doctor."

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