Petition Filed to Allow Medical Marijuana in Florida

Jul 08, 2013 , , , , ,

Last week, the grassroots organization People United for Medical Marijuana filed a petition to allow medical marijuana for seriously ill patients in Florida.

The petition proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution that would permit the cultivation, purchase, and use of marijuana to treat a number of specified and severe diseases, including cancer, AIDS, and Crohn’s disease. Petition-gatherers will need to collect 683, 149 signatures from registered voters in order to make it onto next year’s ballot. If the signatures are collected and approved on time, the measure would require 60% of the vote to become law.

Although the petition has yet to garner a significant vote count, the group is optimistic that the recent addition of a wealthy donor to the organization will aid their efforts.

John Morgan

John Morgan, a personal injury attorney and business owner whose father used cannabis to cope with the pain of esophageal cancer, recently joined the advocacy group. In addition to his position as a committee member, he donated $100,000 to the campaign. Morgan has said that he will contribute $1 million if necessary. “I’ve seen people in pain who end up on oxycodone,” Morgan said. “And 16,000 people die from that every year. It’s highly addictive. Legalizing marijuana is a no brainer.”

In a recent poll, 61% of Floridians supported medical marijuana. That number rose to 70% when ballot language listed specific qualifying diseases like cancer.

10 responses to “Petition Filed to Allow Medical Marijuana in Florida”

  1. I want to help. How can I help? I will go door to door talki g to people about thisasking for signatures. I live in KY but have a friend I can stay with if I come down to help.Might need some gas voulchers if there are any available. I am unemployed right now but I would LOVE to devote my time to getting this law passed. It is a no brainer!

  2. I have secondary progressive m.s. and fibromyalgia plus multiple back injuries and nerve damage from accident I was in 13 years ago. I have been on a huge amount of meds to deal with my issues. I have found that I get immediate relief from smoking weed.. I am 56 yrs old and am experienceing a lot of unpleasant side effects from all the meds. Something I know would never happen if I were given the choice of medical marijuana. Not to mention the huge economic boost this would bring to this state that clearly is in need of this. I am behind you all the way! Charlie Crist has my vote he’s been my favorite for a long time. I always knew ge was a democrat deep down! Namaste’

  3. I think the drug companies are keeping M.M. out of Florida. I go to a pain doctor because of spinal cord damage and they are willing to get me hooked on their chemicals so the drug manufacturers can make more money. Not only is M.M. cheaper, but does a better job than the chemicals. God put M.M. on this earth to help with pain. The pills can make you dependent on them but M.M. does not. It does its job with no nasty side affects like pills. When will the public be given the choice for pain relief?

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  5. I have MS i have lost alot of weight from it and the pain i dont like how the pain meds make me feel thats why im for them legalizing marijuana

  6. I believe it should have never become illegal. I believe we need to reverse the lie that was used to make it against the law in the first place. Not only would hundreds of thousands of people who need it for the treatment of various illnesses and disease have a new form of treatment and no fear of jail but we would save millions in taxpayer dollars and create jobs and a taxable industry increasing our states finances dramatically. We would eliminate the thousands of deaths each year from fighting this drug and instead put it into regulatory jobs with benefits and much less risks. Plus people would not have to buy black market stuff that you don’t know the ingredients of it. It would be so much healthier. Most states where it is legal they have made strains of the plant that are less likely to get you high and more likely to help crush pain and other illness symptoms.. which is great. Stop the maddness and just do the right thing. I am not condoning doing drugs at all. Just saying it is a stupid law to have it be illegal and it needs to be corrected.

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