United for Care -- the group behind a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida -- has reached half a million petition signatures, chairman and primary funder John Morgan announced in an email Tuesday.
However, most of those signatures have not been validated by local supervisors of elections.
According to the Secretary of State's office, 154,755 signatures have been verified by the supervisors. It takes 683,149, including 8 percent from each of 14 congressional districts. Morgan said he believes the group is halfway to that number.
United for Care's amendment already qualified for review by the Supreme Court, the first step toward getting on the ballot. Through August, the campaign had raised $1.58 million, much of it from Morgan.