'Big Marijuana,' 'sugar daddies,' politics behind push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida

TALLAHASSEE – From the beginning, the legislative push to legalize medical marijuana came with a deep-seated sense of impending doom.

“Slim to none,” were the chances state Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, gave a bill she filed this year to legalize medical marijuana.

Her comments came during an April 1 news conference with more than a month left in the legislative session. Her bill, and one filed by state Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, did not receive a committee hearing this session.

Though supporters hit a legislative brick wall, legalization supporters did maintain a sense of optimism. And for good reason.

Two days before the Capitol news conference, John Morgan, one of the state’s most prominent attorneys, stroked a $100,000 check to People United for Medical Marijuana, a political committee gearing up to push a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana. Morgan, who is a top Democratic donor, is also the committee’s chairman.

He got involved because two decades ago his father used marijuana to help his battle with cancer.

Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/crime/2013-07-01/story/big-marijuana-sugar-daddies-politics-behind-push-legalize-medical#ixzz2XtTROMnq

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