legalizing medical marijuana in Florida in 2014. That makes him alright in my book.
That's right, he's the personal injury attorney in Florida known for all of the TV commercials. He is also a big fundraiser for Obama and the Democrats. Of course, we also know from his TV commercials that he is the new boss to former Florida Governor Crist.
Now John Morgan is heading the effort to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot in Florida to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. He recently announced that he is taking over as the director of People United for Medical Marijuana (PUFMM). Former Director, Kim Russell, an Orlando resident who started the political action committee was happy with the transition.
Many thought Florida would be one of the last states to legalize marijuana. But with the money and influence that John Morgan brings it suddenly seems very likely that Floridians will get to vote on the issue.
Constitutional Amendment to Legalize Marijuana in in 2014To get the amendment on the November 2014 ballot, the group will have to collect 683,149 signatures by February 1, 2014, before the amendment could appear on the November ballot.
Getting it on the ballot is only half the battle because constitutional amendments need to be approved in Florida with 60 percent of the vote. [Go to PUFMM's website for more information on making a donation or volunteering your time].
Read more about efforts to legalize marijuana in 2014 in Florida.
Florida State Senate Bill 1250 was introduced by Florida State Senator Jeff Clemens of Lake Worth. The bill is called the “The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act.” It would allow individuals with medical conditions to possess marijuana if recommended by a doctor. The individual, or their designated caregiver would be allowed to possess up to four ounces of marijuana or grow up to eight plants.
Obviously not impressed, officers in Manatee County raided Cathy Jordan's home hours later. Given the organized opposition to the legislation on all fronts, many believe the constitutional amendment is the best route. The constitutional amendment would also make it more difficult for the legislature to change the law on a political whim.
Updated on January 9, 2015: Read the new petition to legalize medical marijuana in 2016 in Florida.