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Florida Political Heavyweight Backing Medical Marijuana Measure

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Florida medical marijuanaSo much crazy news seems to emanate from Florida, that it is great to report about positive developments for the cannabis community coming out of the state. Florida personal injury attorney John Morgan, a longtime financial backer of former Governor Charlie Crist, could be spending his money on a multitude of things, so it is heartening to see him using his resources to helping sick and disabled patients in Florida by raising funds for a 2014 medical marijuana measure in the Sunshine State.  Mr. Morgan has already contributed $150,000 to the cause and will likely spend much more as he understands that medical cannabis legislation will benefit many Florida patients.  And if a medical marijuana campaign benefits Charlie Crist in his likely 2014 campaign for governor, this time as a Democrat, then so be it.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

Orlando trial lawyer and uber-fundraiser John Morgan said Thursday he will likely spend “a lot of money” financing a ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana use in Florida.

And in another signal that former Gov. Charlie Crist intends to enter the 2014 race, the prominent Democratic donor – and Crist’s employer — declared that Republicans were “sweating all over the Internet” about an expected Crist bid for governor.

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Morgan described to the crowd of lobbyists and politicos how both his father and brother had suffered from cancer and injuries and turned to marijuana to find relief from their pain.

“This service is going to give thousands of people who are sick, hurting and injured, peace at the end of their lives,” Florida attorney John Morgan.

If Charlie Crist is elected governor, with a medical marijuana measure that his employer and prominent fundraiser backs on the ballot, more mainstream politicians will continue supporting medical cannabis laws.  It is evident that cannabis law reform measures currently bring out young voters and those young voters are likely to vote Democrat, however this provides some Republicans the opportunity to embrace the issue as well.  Republican Dana Rohrbacher has been a staunch supporter of medical marijuana in Congress and Rand Paul will be looking to bring along the libertarian-minded supporters of his father if he runs for president as expected, so the cannabis law reform doesn’t have to be a partisan issue.

It is has been just over a decade since I worked on my first cannabis law reform ballot initiative campaign and it is simply amazing to see the progress we have made across the country.  The involvement of mainstream political insiders and fundraisers is just yet another sign of the growing acceptance that cannabis prohibition is a harmful policy.  Adding Florida to the ranks of medical cannabis states will be yet another demonstration for the momentum of our cause and will likely have ripple effects across the South and the country.

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Anthony Johnson is the director of New Approach Oregon, the PAC responsible for Measure 91, that ended cannabis prohibition for all Oregon adults in 2014. In addition to helping organize the International Cannabis Business Conference & the Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference, he also serves as a Board Member of the National Cannabis Coalition, working to legalize cannabis across the country and Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, an organization specifically working to end cannabis prohibition in Missouri. As President of the University of Missouri Law School ACLU Chapter, Anthony co-authored the measures that legalized medical cannabis possession and decriminalized personal possession for all adults within the city limits of Columbia, Missouri, in 2004. Following law school, Anthony practiced criminal defense for two years before working full time in the political field to help improve and protect civil liberties. You can follow Anthony on Twitter and also friend him on Facebook by following the links below as he posts mostly about civil liberties and politics with dashes of sports, music, movies and whatnot.

  • Amelia Pagan

    I live in Florida and I’m under prescribed opiates for chronic pain. Have not tried cannabis to ease the pain, but wouldn’t mind trying it. I’m 56 years of age and I’m so tired of the pain I endure day in and day out, but as the previous person stated…this is a “Pill Mill State” and there is money to be made…so why would it stop now! I’d rather try something I can’t get addicted to, or that will not have other side effects! Ive actually consider moving to California where it’s legal, hence my husband is a retired Officer and refuses to get in trouble. I won’t hold my breath for Florida passing the use of Medical Cannabis, but Good Luck with that!

  • Never In The Pill Mill State

    With A Crooked Medic-Care Governor, This Pill Mill State’s Hypocrite Government Will NEVER Pass Such A Bill… To Much Bribe Money To Be Lost…!! ——-> *** ” 90% Of ALL Prescribed Opiates Are In Florida, The Other 10% Divided By The Other 49 States….” *** <——
    $$$$$

  • Jetdoc

    That’s why they’re going to PUT it on the Mid-Term election. That WILL bring the Libs out to vote as well as 45% of Republicans. The population is becoming MUCH more tolerant, and MUCH more educated on the issue than even when CO & WA voted their Recreational Marijuana law in. Think about that? We’re a year to a year and a half MORE educated on the issue. There’s SCIENCE coming out every day refuting what the Govt. has told us for 70+ yrs. The OLD DINOSAURS who oppose ANYTHING that has the word Marijuana in it are becoming few and far between anymore. Let’s let the States make the decisions on Legalization. NATIONAL Prohibition has NEVER worked on ANYTHING!

  • LegalizeIT

    I think the public will be much more educated and the opposition is running low on honesty – all the opposition claims have been trumped by science so all there left with is gut feeling. Like the “sky will fall” if this happens – well we see in 40% of the US the sky has not fallen.

    The opposition argument is all FEAR based BS – its subtle forms of refer madness

    As more science is revealed the world will see that the only lives ruined by Cannabis are the lives of children and families we allow the State to prosecute.

  • LegalizeIT

    This is really going to be an interesting election cycle – as
    the polls show both parties have significant support for Medical Cannabis

    Almost half the Republicans and most of the Democrats support Medical Cannabis this
    makes it a win for the people of Florida in 2014

    Anyone running for office in the Florida 2014 general election will have to have a
    position on Medical Cannabis – not just the Governor – so we will be hearing
    from candidates – and with all the truth in the open its going to be easy to
    see which politicians are being paid by big Pharma, Prisons, Rehab industry –
    and which are listening to the people of Florida. Many incumbents may get surprised!

    Why is the GOP not leading the effort to repeal cannabis prohibition?

    Cannabis Prohibition is the poster child for Big Government involvement in personal and states’ rights –

    Repealing Cannabis Prohibition for Medical or recreational usage is not about introducing new drugs – hell over 1/3 of the US has already used Cannabis – it’s about taking the drug off the Black Market and regulating, controlling, and taxing it. There is a $30 billion a year domestic market – think of the jobs, the income tax, the purchase of raw materials – the ability to redirect law enforcement to real crime, the reduction of prison population the benefits far out way the perceived harms.

    Don’t tie this to politics – if you hate who is in the WH or Govern Mansion – not to worry – you will hate the next guys that occupy those positions as well – but getting Medical Cannabis legal that is something we can all agree to at over 60% in 2014 –

  • Samiam

    Im hoping that it passes. The population of Florida contains conservatives but they are also the baby boomers. They are familiar with marijauana and they are not afraid of it.

  • Sarijuana

    Don’t be so sure. Last time it was on the Florida ballot it got over 40%. With big $ in the mix, used for education, it could do better. I have to keep a positive outlook or get very depressed with the whole situation.

  • Sarijuana

    Lets pray we get more to flip flop over to the mother weed.

  • joe voll

    Theres no way this is going to pass. You need at LEAST 60% of the vote in the entire state, not just a simple majority! California, Washington, and Colorado didnt even get 60% when they voted for medical marijuana!

    Its a midterm election with a much lower percentage of liberals and young people voting. Those are the ones that support this the most.
    Florida is a very conservative tough on crime state. Too many people there are scared and think marijuana is the same as crack and meth.

  • stellarvoyager

    Thanks! :)

  • Jetdoc

    “He makes Blago look like a saint!”
    That’s funnier than hell man. GOOD one!

  • Matthew Cunningham

    The Demographics have change and there is no other state with as many senior citizens many are now dealing with the fact that they have been brain wash with lies perpetuated by our own Government.

    http://www.unitedforcare.org/sign_up?recruiter_id=2300

  • stellarvoyager

    I don’t trust Charlie Crist either, but I’ll take my chances with a flip-flopping opportunist any day over a drug-testing-obsessed felon who has defrauded both the company he used to run and the state he currently runs for millions of dollars. Rick Scott is the worst governor in the entire country. He makes Blago look like a saint.

  • Jetdoc

    Wouldn’t that be trading ONE SLIMY bastard for ANOTHER. Crist is ALL OVER THE MAP. He’ll STAND for something all the way to the point that it’s NOT POLITICALLY expedient for him. He FLIP FLOPS more on issues than a Florida Marlin out of water I DON’T TRUST HIM any further than I can THROW him, but if it gets is HELP from his LARGEST campaign donors… GO CHARLIE GO!

  • stellarvoyager

    Kudo’s to him! And if in the process he can help oust that slimeball Rick Scott, so much the better.