Marijuana War In Florida

FLORIDA:  The battle lines are drawn. You are either for or against Amendment 2. This will be on the ballot come November. Amendment 2 is the medical marijuana that has THC content. This is the marijuana that will get you high as well as help with nausea especially when you have cancer and must take chemotherapy. This is the marijuana that will be a problem for those that are against its legalization and call it the evil weed.

Last week two men faced off, Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk county is against the legalization of Amendment 2. Attorney John Morgan out of Orlando is for the legalization of Amendment 2. He is for it because he witnessed his father and what cancer did to his body. He was able to procure marijuana for his father and saw for himself how much better his father did against cancer with it. John Morgan did win the debate as most of the audience was also for Amendment 2.

At this time some 88% of those contacted in a poll are for the passage of Amendment 2. It only needs 60% to pass. Florida does have the form of medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web. This is the form of medical marijuana that has low THC content and is good in an oil form to help children with epileptic seizures.

The ads that are being used for and against borderline on the ignorant. The ones that depict marijuana an evil substance are ludicrous. The ads that are for legalization are a little better but they are making them almost silly. I know they are simply trying to make them for all to understand but most voters are not stupid.

 

Polk Sheriff Judd, John Morgan Square Off Over Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  A standing-room-only crowd of more than 700 people packed into a high school auditorium in Lakeland Thursday night. They came to see Florida heavyweights John Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd square off over legalizing medical marijuana.

Many in the crowd waved signs for or against Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida. Proponents cheered lawyer John Morgan, who spoke in favor of the amendment, saying marijuana has the power to relieve suffering. Morgan described his brother’s painful condition before exhorting the audience to go to the polls in November.

“This is the moment of our lifetime in Florida to do something where we don’t have to rely on politicians,” Moran said. “We can rely on ourselves. To go out, and for God’s sake vote, and vote for compassion. And when you do, do it for the people.”

Sheriff Judd said he would enforce the law either way, but that the amendment contains multiple loopholes that would bring about unintended consequences, such as making pot more available to young teens.

 

Boomers Stand To Benefit Most From Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA:  Baby boomers are the group that stands to benefit most from medical marijuana, and their numbers may be key to whether Amendment 2 passes or fails, activists say.

In addition, industry experts say boomers 50 and older will likely drive growth of medical marijuana revenue.

The latest poll released Monday by Connecticut-based Quinnipiac University shows an average 88 percent of Floridians are in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. Election Day is Nov. 4

“The reason they (Floridians) are overwhelmingly in favor is that disease and injury do not pick political affiliation or age,” said Orlando attorney John Morgan, chairman of People United for Medical Marijuana. The group runs the pro-Amendment 2 United for Care Campaign.

 

Republicans Jump Into Florida Campaign Against Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA: The stakes are getting higher – politically and financially – in Florida’s heated campaign over a November referendum to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana.

The latest financial reports by the two main groups fighting the legalization of medical marijuana show a total of more than $7.7 million has been raised to oppose the constitutional amendment on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Proponents of the referendum got a head start with Orlando personal injury attorney John Morgan providing most of the $5 million spent so far by People United for Medical Marijuana, though much of that was devoted to gathering and validating voter petitions and defending the ballot language in court.

Deep-pocketed Republicans have since jumped into the battle. The Drug Free Florida campaign, which opposes the amendment, has raised $2.7 million, including a $2.5 million contribution from Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican donor.

Ahead In Polls, Florida Medical Marijuana Poised For Ad-War Win

FLORIDA: Medical marijuana is so popular in Florida that 78 percent of likely voters in Republican-controlled state Senate districts back the idea, according to a recent state GOP poll obtained by The Miami Herald.

The survey echoes two others last month that found medical-marijuana support ranging from 64 percent to 70 percent — results consistent with every major Florida public poll released in the past year.

And the favorable political environment for a proposed medical-marijuana constitutional amendment isn’t just limited to public opinion. [Read more…]

Flurry Of Petitions Propel Medical Marijuana Toward Florida Ballot

FLORIDA:  Buoyed by a last-minute flood of signatures, the group pushing to legalize medical marijuana in Florida says it now has enough petitions to force a vote in November.

Elections officials are scrambling to see if that is true.

“We have collected close to 900,000 and by Monday or Tuesday of next week, we should be close to 1 million,” said Ben Pollara, campaign director for United for Care said Thursday. “We are going to make it.”

The initiative, largely bankrolled by Orlando attorney John Morgan, was in serious jeopardy in mid December, when it was hundreds of thousands of signatures short with only about a month left.

Then Morgan opened the money spigot — raising pay for professional petition gatherers from $1 a signature to as much as $4, hiring people from around the country to solicit signatures outside courthouses, restaurants, stores and post offices.

 

Florida Supreme Court Faces Sharp Divide Over Medical Marijuana

FLORIDA: To supporters, the wording of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is clear.

“The proposed medical marijuana amendment poses a single and unified question to Florida voters,” attorneys for a group backing the measure said in a legal brief Friday. “Should an individual with a debilitating disease or medical condition, who has been so diagnosed by a licensed Florida physician, be lawfully allowed to use marijuana for medical purposes so long as they meet a number of conditions?”

But to Attorney General Pam Bondi, Republican legislative leaders and some politically powerful opponents, the proposal isn’t clear enough – and should not be allowed on the November 2014 ballot. [Read more…]

Workshop To Determine Financial Impact Of Medical Marijuana In Florida

FLORIDA: Enough signatures have been gathered and certified to have Florida’s Attorney General and Supreme Court review a proposed ballot initiative legalizing the use of medical marijuana. [Read more…]

'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.

[Read more…]

Medical marijuana referendum takes first step toward ballot

An effort to get Florida voters to approve the use of medical marijuana, led by Orlando lawyer John Morgan, is ready for the state Supreme Court to review — a first step toward getting it in front of voters on the November 2014 ballot.

Morgan said Friday he has approved final language of a proposed ballot initiative that will ask Florida voters to allow marijuana to be prescribed for medical use. [Read more…]