John Morgan

From the left Appropriations Chairs Rep. Richard Corcoran, R-Lutz, and Sen. Tom Lee, R-Brandon, begin the compromise process as full conference committee met June 11, 2015, while finalizing key portions of the state's budget within Criminal and Civil Just
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Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran says he supports a special session on medical marijuana. 

Attorney John Morgan, of Morgan & Morgan law firm, says he's considering a 2018 gubernatorial bid.
John Morgan /

Florida trial attorney and primary Medical Marijuana amendment backer John Morgan says he’s thinking about running for governor in 2018.

Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg)
State of Florida

Pinellas county Republican Jeff Brandes is receiving plaudits for filing the year’s first medical marijuana bill ahead of the legislative session. 

John Morgan, the personal injury lawyer behind the medical marijuana activism group United for Care, released a statement saying,

Amendment 2 failed to meet the 60% threshold in the 2014 election.
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The organization pushing for medical marijuana in Florida got a new ballot initiative approved by the Secretary of State Friday.  United for Care believes their new proposal will succeed where last year’s Amendment Two failed.

Florida's Compassionate Use law allows people suffering from specific conditions like seizures to use low-THC marijuana.
Brett Levin

A proposal to bring medical marijuana to Florida has failed to reach the 60 percent threshold needed to become a part of Florida's constitution.

Amendment Two missed the mark with 57 percent support from voters. Yet some opponents, like Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, say the legislature should consider the issue.

Ahead of any general election, it can be easy for voters to get confused. And, at least one area of Florida is reporting confusion over the 2nd Amendment, the right to bear arms, to a medical marijuana initiative known as Amendment 2 set to appear on the November ballot.

Unlike the last general election, where voters were faced with 11 state constitutional amendments, this year they’ll only be faced with three—not counting local ballot initiatives.

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In downtown Jacksonville, across the street from City Hall, LaTara Graham solicits signatures from passers-by.

She’s a paid petition gatherer with two proposals in hand: One advocating the legalization of marijuana for medicinal use, and the other calling on the state to set aside money each year for land and water conservation:

Florida Medical Marijuana User Estimates Vary Widely

Oct 21, 2013
Medical marijuana plant
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Financial-impact estimators are gathering data on medical marijuana to calculate the costs and benefits for Florida if voters pass a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing the drug. At a public hearing Monday morning the group’s estimates of how many people would use medical marijuana varied widely.

Medical Marijuana Debate Lights Up In Florida

Mar 22, 2013
Marijuana, Medical marijana

It’s a busy afternoon at the NORML table at the University of Central Florida as students stop by to discuss their views on pot legalization and pick up buttons, literature and tote bags. The National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws, or NORML,  advocates complete legalization, including for recreational use, but currently the group is collecting petition signatures for a constitutional amendment to legalize only the medicinal use of the drug.