People United For Medical Marijuana
With lawmakers largely sidelined because of a special legislative session, much of Florida’s political money chase in June involved chunks of cash flowing to political committees and parties.
A political committee leading a renewed effort to pass a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana raised nearly $293,000 in June.
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.
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.
Amid signs that public support could be fading, a political committee seeking to legalize medical marijuana received a fundraising boost early this month.
Groups battling over a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in the state spent nearly $1.9 million in mid-September on advertising-related costs.
On this week’s Facing South Florida, host Jim Defede sits down with two of the bigger players in the medical marijuana initiative.
Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan said he has pledges of up to $6 million — not including his own substantial checkbook — to back a proposed constitutional amendment going before voters in November that would allow doctors to order marijuana for patients with debilitating illnesses.
Florida may be the next state to jump on the medical marijuana bandwagon. Florida’s Republican-led Legislature has agreed to hear a bill, sponsored by state Representative Katie Edwards from Plantation, to allow medical distribution of the specialty strain, known as Charlotte’s Web.
The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 5 about whether a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana should go before voters in 2014.