Morgan Retrenches On Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  John Morgan doesn’t like to lose.

But on Nov. 4, Morgan saw a medical marijuana constitutional initiative — which he had personally and financially backed — fall just short of the 60 percent margin needed for enactment. Although 3.37 million Florida voters agreed with him, it only amounted to 57.62 percent of the vote.

Morgan, though, said he is ready to try again. He will first ask the 2015 Legislature to expand on the modest medical marijuana law passed earlier this year. If that fails, the wealthy, glib-tongued trial lawyer said he will seek to place a slightly revised version of the initiative on the November 2016 ballot.

“I’m not used to losing. But I lost. I lost in a very public way,” Morgan said. “But I also believe when you lose, the greatest gift you get is humility. I think with humility you can be much more reasoned, much more measured. And you can take failure and turn it into success.”

The defeat may have increased Morgan’s humility, but it also diminished his checkbook.

Black Entrepreneurs Being Left Out Of Medical Marijuana Boom

FLORIDA:  There’s big money being made in the marijuana legalization movement. But African Americans are still getting screwed when it comes to pot. In fact, black people are being squeezed out of the marijuana game. Even the New York Times, in an op-ed column calling for an end to America’s pot ban, admitted that marijuana laws target African-Americans: “Even worse,” they wrote, “the result is racist, falling disproportionately on young black men, ruining their lives and creating new generations of career criminals.”

A study last year by the American Civil Liberties Union found that a disproportionate number of blacks are arrested for pot than whites are.

Yet as Florida voters prepare to join 23 other states that have legalized marijuana for medical use, many African-Americans will not get the opportunity to get rich doing something they are already good at: selling weed. If Amendment 2 passes in November, the state Department of Revenue projects medical marijuana businesses could make $5.6 billion in annual sales.

Orlando attorney John Morgan has dumped $4 million into the cause, claiming he’s doing it for sick people. The governor’s race is also about the pot. That’s why Morgan is backing Crist. They want to decide who is in charge of the state health department in order to set the regulations and limit who can compete for medical marijuana licenses.

 

How Medical Marijuana Would Work In Florida

FLORIDA:  Monday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling puts medical marijuana on the November general election ballot. If the proposed constitutional amendment passes by at least 60 percent of the vote, state health officials will have to sort out many details before patients can legally obtain pot. Some specifics, however, are outlined in the proposed amendment. Here is what is known about how medical marijuana would work in Florida:

Who could use medical marijuana? [Read more…]

How Medical Marijuana Would Work In Florida

FLORIDA:  Monday’s Florida Supreme Court ruling puts medical marijuana on the November general election ballot. If the proposed constitutional amendment passes by at least 60 percent of the vote, state health officials will have to sort out many details before patients can legally obtain pot. Some specifics, however, are outlined in the proposed amendment. Here is what is known about how medical marijuana would work in Florida:

Who could use medical marijuana? [Read more…]

Groups Gathering Signatures To Legalize Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  You may have seen some petitions around town over the last few weeks. You may have even signed one. They’re part of a big push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. If that effort pays off, you’ll be voting on the issue a year from now.

You’ll see them wearing these shirts that say United for Care. They’re part of a campaign organized by People United for Medical Marijuana. At the Fort Myers Boat Show Friday, they gathered a couple hundred signatures and plan to be back out the rest of the weekend. “We are beating the streets everyday,” Larry Reposa said. [Read more…]

John Morgan: Medical marijuana is about morality, not politics

FLORIDA: Orlando attorney John Morgan — whose personal-injury firm employs former Gov.Charlie Crist — said Thursday he’s driving a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana out of passion, not to boost turnout for the Democratic candidate in next year’s gubernatorial race. [Read more…]

John Morgan: Medical marijuana is about morality, not politics

FLORIDA: Orlando attorney John Morgan — whose personal-injury firm employs former Gov.Charlie Crist — said Thursday he’s driving a ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana out of passion, not to boost turnout for the Democratic candidate in next year’s gubernatorial race. [Read more…]