TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - A proposed constitutional amendment to allow medical use of marijuana will be back on the ballot in November. Attorney John Morgan and United For Care's Ben Pollara say it's official, and just like in 2014, it will be Amendment 2. The two men say they have tightened up the loopholes with which opponents had issues.
Morgan says if things go as planned, Florida will be one of the more restrictive of the 23 states that have already legalized medical marijuana. He promises the laws in Florida would be the opposite of those in California. Morgan says medical marijuana would be able to be prescribed by licensed medical doctors for the sickest of the sick patients.
"The people who we are talking about in large part are people who are fighting for their lives or people like my brother for their quality of life... this is not lets just go have fun. We are talking about the people who are sickest and most injured among us," said Morgan.
While some view this as a political maneuver, Morgan says for him this has nothing to do with politics. "For the money I put into this, if this happens my return on philanthropic, I’ll never hit anything like it in my life because it’s 400,000 people day one, but it’s millions for the rest of my life. It’s important for me because I’ve seen it in my own family, I know that it works," said Morgan.
Morgan says between now and November he and United for Care will work on targeting voters 60 and older about medical marijuana. He admits they made a mistake in '14 spending so much time on younger voters. Pollara says their ad campaign will kick into overdrive 6 weeks before the November election and will coincide with when absentee ballots are sent out.
Morgan says he's already spent $7 million on his efforts to get medical marijuana legalized, and he's prepared to open his wallet again this go around.