The Tampa Bay TimesĀ reports that Florida House Majority LeaderĀ Carlos Lopez-Cantera received a barrage of phone calls yesterday from people lobbying him on a medical marijuana bill.

The Times reports:

Starting at about 8 a.m., [Cantera’s] office fielded more than 80 phone [calls] from folksĀ wanting to educate House Republicans on the benefits of medicinal marijuana. The callers requested a caucus meeting on the subject.

ā€œThe 420 Caucus,ā€ Lopez-Cantera laterĀ joked.Ā Office staffers said they would pass the message along.

State Rep.Ā Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, filed the joint resolutionĀ that would allow Floridians to vote on whether they want to legalize medical marijuana during the 2012 election. If approved, hisĀ resolutionĀ would create an article in our stateĀ constitutionĀ that would ā€œallow medical use of cannabis by citizens and allow [the] Legislature to implement these provisions by general law.ā€

Clemens has said that medical marijuana represents aĀ ā€a compassion issueā€ for him.Ā State Sen.Ā Larcenia Bullard, D-Miami, is theĀ sponsor of the Senate version of the resolution.

So far, Clemens and Bullardā€™s resolution has not been referred to any committees. However, a group has beenĀ petitioningĀ the Legislature to give it a hearing.

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