People United for Medical Marijuana

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A Tallahassee judge on Tuesday lifted a hold on her order finding that Florida patients should be allowed to smoke medical marijuana if their doctors approve it.

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Floridians who are eligible to receive medical marijuana will still have to wait a long time to access smokable products if a judge lifts a stay.

Morgan Keeps Opening Wallet For Medical Pot

Oct 14, 2015
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With Orlando attorney John Morgan continuing to open his wallet, a political committee backing the legalization of medical marijuana raised $315,791 during September, while spending $342,342, according to a newly filed finance report.

Supreme Court Gets Pot Amendment For Review

Oct 5, 2015
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A revamped proposal that would legalize marijuana for patients with certain medical conditions is in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court, which will decide if the ballot initiative meets the criteria to go before voters next year.

Marijuana Initiative Headed Toward Court Review

Sep 1, 2015
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Backers of a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana appear to have submitted enough petition signatures to spur a review by the Florida Supreme Court.

Medical Marijuana Group Collects $770K

Aug 11, 2015

A group seeking to ask voters in 2016 to legalize medical marijuana raised more than $770,000 in July, buoyed by contributions from its leader, Orlando attorney John Morgan, according to a newly filed finance report.

"People United for Medical Marijuana" raised $770,534 during the month and spent $756,419, as it tries to collect enough petition signatures to get on the November 2016 ballot.

The Morgan Firm PA contributed about $704,000 of the July total, with Coral Gables retiree Barbara Stiefel chipping in another $40,000, the report shows.

Morgan Pours Money Into Medical Pot Effort

Jul 14, 2015

A political committee leading a renewed effort to pass a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana raised nearly $293,000 in June, with about $233,000 of the money coming from an Orlando law firm headed by prominent trial attorney John Morgan, according to a newly filed report.

The committee, People United for Medical Marijuana, is spearheading an effort to pass a medical-marijuana ballot initiative in November 2016, after narrowly failing to pass a similar constitutional amendment in 2014.

Poll Shows Heavy Support For Medical Marijuana — Again

Apr 7, 2015

  Five months after narrowly rejecting a medical-marijuana ballot initiative, Florida voters overwhelmingly support allowing doctor-prescribed pot in the state, according to a poll released Monday.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that 84 percent of Florida voters back letting adults use medical marijuana if doctors prescribe it.

Proponents of medical marijuana began an encore campaign for legalization Friday, filing a rewritten ballot measure just two months after one narrowly failed to pass.

Backers of the initial constitutional amendment appeared to have a wave of support on their side, but fell short of the 60 percent threshold needed as a surge of ads emerged claiming the measure's language was riddled with holes.

Most Florida voters -- 82 percent -- support allowing adults to use medical marijuana, according to poll results released this week by Quinnipiac University. Voters were somewhat less enthusiastic when the question involved recreational marijuana use, according to Sunshine State News

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People United for Medical Marijuana has collected far more than signatures than it needs to get a Florida Supreme Court review of its proposed constitutional amendment, the Miami Herald reports. The group will stop sending out volunteers and paid signature-gatherers, pending the court’s review of the proposed language. If that is approved, the measure legalizing the use of marijuana for medical purposes it will appear on the November 2014 ballot, where it will need a “yes” from 60 percent of voters to be enacted.