Jun 292013
 June 29, 2013

florida marijuana legalizationBy TheJointBlog.Com

People United for Medical Marijuana will be filing a new initiative to legalize medical marijuana in Florida. The group will be aiming for the 2014 general election ballot; they’ll need to collect roughly 700,000 valid signatures to do so.

“I have the finished product in front of me,” said John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and former fundraiser for President Obama, who is funding the effort through his own means and political connections, “I’m going to have it delivered to the Secretary of State Office by Friday or early next week at the latest.”

The proposal will be a constitutional amendment which legalizes cannabis throughout the state, authorizing patients to use and possess marijuana, as well as purchase it through state-licensed dispensaries (home cultivation may also be allowed). Given that it’s a constitutional amendment it will need to garner 60% of the votes – rather than a simple majority of 50% – in order to become law. However, recent polling has found that over 70% of Floridians support such a move.

Morgan said he plans to raise and spend $2 to $3 million to get the initiative on the ballot, and up to $20 million to run a successful campaign.

Source: TheJointBlog.Com

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  • Johnny Bloomington

    Knowing Florida, It would be great to get with the http://thesilvertour.org/ for support with that population.

    • Scott Schoenherr

      The Silver Tour is largely involved in this movement. Although the head guy Robert Platshorn, believes legislation is the preferred way to go. But being a person who lived in FL for 18+ years before moving to Colorado last month, I will tell you that the legislation there will not act on this unless they absolutely have to. Florida needs this to be a ballot initiative, After it is passed, the legislature will be forced to setup a framework for Medical Marijuana in FL. But they will NEVER act on their own. They just tried to ban bongs for God Sakes! Florida is so backwards. They shove pills down our throats (pain patient here) and nearly kill us. Hell, they kill some of us. But I escaped the opiates and the state and legally use weed to treat my pain in Colorado now. I wish Florida the best.
      Florida NORML https://www.facebook.com/groups/208044745901442/

      • Stifler

        Nobody puts pills down your throat but you, you fucking dipshit. So good riddance! And don’t come back. We already have enough old farts in this state.

  • dgand

    Good luck Florida!!!!!

  • floridabadger

    Al rite FL, let granny puff a little herb! It DOES have medical reasons behind it! Why it’s been used medicinally for thoudands of years! Till the Holy Rollers took over command in the U.S.! A policy started by haters w/NO COMMON knowledge! Then made a serious Feds thing started by a LOSER by the name of NIXON!! Taxpayers money being WASTED to satisfy people w/a broomsyick up their Arse!! Cuz FloridaBadger says so!!

  • del

    we need more southern states to legalize marijuana

  • PonygirlMary

    Go Florida!!! God put it on earth for us to use….Better that the harsh Pain pills the Doctors subscribe, with all the bad side effects……

  • PonygirlMary

    Go Florida!!! God put it on earth for us to use….Better that the harsh Pain pills the Doctors subscribe, with all the bad side effects……

  • Joe

    HELL YEA!!!

  • Joe

    HELL YEA!!!

  • richard bong

    To hell with that, it’s time to legalize for everyone over 21 for recreational use. Make the law treat it exactly like beer and wine. If a store is licensed to sell beer and wine they’re licensed to sell cannabis. That way if the po po try to shut down cannabis sales they also have to shut down alcohol sales. See how well that would go over with the prohibitionists when their drug is removed from the shelf.

  • richard bong

    To hell with that, it’s time to legalize for everyone over 21 for recreational use. Make the law treat it exactly like beer and wine. If a store is licensed to sell beer and wine they’re licensed to sell cannabis. That way if the po po try to shut down cannabis sales they also have to shut down alcohol sales. See how well that would go over with the prohibitionists when their drug is removed from the shelf.

  • Jocool

    Where do I sign up?

  • Jocool

    Where do I sign up?

  • Joseph S. DelGregho

    Govenor Scott please sign medicinal canibus into law so we can grow it and tax it! Now lets get to work!!

    • wowFAD

      I’m not certain if voter initiatives require the governor’s signature. Let’s hope not. Rick Scott is in the back pocket of every FL-based pharmeceutical company there is. Prozac doesn’t want to compete with cannabis; it will lose.

    • Sean

      Good luck with that. Governor Scott, Florida’s regressive governor, just signed legislation banning pipes and bongs. If Florida is really serious about marijuana legalization, it would help not to elect people like Scott who are stuck in the fifties, the 1850’s that is.

  • Joseph S. DelGregho

    Govenor Scott please sign medicinal canibus into law so we can grow it and tax it! Now lets get to work!!

  • FL Julie

    Save my kidneys and keep my eyes from the damage of glaucoma that runs in my family causing loss of sight…legalize marijuana now. The medicinal properties of ganja vastley outweigh the damaging side affects of both OTC and precsriptions. Just ask me about my own experience with FDA approved meds, or if you could have asked my husband he would gladly have told you Nature (marijuana) the only safe choice compared to the vast number of pills, injections, and intervenous Chemicals that contributed to his early demise…did I mention Vioxx…hmmmmm……that was approved & was lethal! Both my husband and I took it…He’s dead….I struggle. ..

  • Jeryzkyd

    All i hear is how its going to effect children!! Can one of you writers do a comparison article and place it next to Alcohol and Tobacco,
    Show the proven facts and effects those chemicals have on children and society.. Even if a child decided to smoke it, they wont OD if they consume too much. This political, keep society dumb mentality so the people wont see whats really going on in politics has to go, Education is the first step, knowledge yourself and dont always believe the bias information you read on the internet. Herb is the Healing of the Nation! “Bob Marley” that is the honest truth, economically, Medicinally and Socially…

  • Alan kaye

    The folks who oppose the legalization of marijuana are ignorant to the drug and its effects. I watched a program on designer drugs such as bath salts and fake marijuana. The marijuana is made with acetone and kids are buying this stuff like crazy. One smoke shop in New Orleans said they made 150-200,000$ a month selling this poison. There were two marines who stated many military people use these products because they do not show up in a urine test and with the zero tolerance policy in the military they are poisoning themselves to get some relief from the stress they suffer being an active duty marine.

    This crap is legal and sells for 20$ a gram…how is this morally right? There are young men and women spending time in prison with hardened criminals, getting raped and learning how to be a criminal because their job prospects after jail are extremely low. Release the prison population arrested for possession of this weed and stop the crazy “war on drugs.” This alone would make a large dent in our economic woes. Thank you John Morgan !

  • Nalaeyak

    I don’t see conservatives getting behind legalization of marijuana. The money spent on interdiction, housing users in prison and all the other costs that go into keeping it out of the hands of those who chose to use is ridiculous. It’s my opinion the drug companies play a big role in stopping the legalization. I am a VN vet suffering from PTSD and I am sick of taking antidepressants…pot is the best med for my condition I have found. As stated by Steve buschemi sp on Boardwalk empire when the government outlawed alcohol “those glorious dumb bastards” – giving his crew the green light to mass produce and get rich off making and selling illegal alcohol. I trust the Mexican cartel feel the same way.

  • Alan

    Been watching the tv show drugs inc., it is my belief marijuana gets the rap it does from the uneducated is partially this. Most drug dealers selling crack, heroin, cocaine and the like also sell pot. When you have ppl selling hard drugs and pot I believe it’s easy to conclude or should I say include marijuana in that group of dangerous drugs. Marijuana should be decriminalized by the Feds, period.

  • CAMPerez

    I think the only way to lower drug use is to legalized it all and inform people the danger of using those drugs but pot should be legal the most important one watch on CCN on friday Like at 7:30 or 8:30