Pam Bondi challenges proposed medical marijuana amendment

“They don’t want California,” said Morgan, whose face appears in ubiquitous advertising for his law firm, Morgan Morgan. “They want medical doctors (to prescribe medical marijuana) and they want alternatives to pill mills” and painkillers that cause thousands of deaths, he said.

The proposal, being circulated in a statewide petition drive, includes several medical conditions under the term “debilitating medical conditions,” including cancer, glaucoma and Parkinson’s as well as “other conditions” when a physician believes “that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”

Morgan said the proposal was drafted by Jon Mills, former dean of the University of Florida law school, a specialist in state constitutional law.

“The Republican party in the state of Florida is petrified about this amendment because they know that 77 percent of Florida wants it,” Morgan said. In early October, the Public Policy Polling found that 62 percent of voters supported the legalization of medical marijuana for seriously patients in Florida. Support “gets stronger every day,” he said.

People United for Medical Marijuana has collected 200,000 signatures supporing the amendment. The campaign will need 700,000 signatures, but more realistically 1 million in case any signatures are invalid, Morgan said.