- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 4, 2014

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Support for legalizing medical marijuana in Florida is falling just below the threshold needed to pass.

Amendment 2 had about 57 percent of the vote Tuesday with about two-thirds of precincts reporting.

It needs 60 percent approval to win.

The campaign for medical marijuana was among the most expensive ballot measures in the country, with millions spent on both sides of the debate.

Opponents have argued the measure is riddled with loopholes. Supporters say it would give relief to the sick and suffering.

Passage would likely result in dispensaries opening around the state and hundreds of thousands of patients potentially gaining access to the drug.

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