A petition drive called People United for Medical Marijuana, organized by Florida lawyer John Morgan, is trying to round up the nearly 700,000 voter signatures required by Feb. 1. As of December 11th, Morgan said he is "very optimistic" about reaching 700,000 per an interview on 102.5 FM "The Bone" Tampa Bay Talk Radio.
The Florida Legislature earlier this year refused to take up a statutory change proposing to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana under controlled conditions.
John Morgan decided to take a more liberty minded movement towards the issue:
The peoples' right to put constitutional amendments on the ballot. This is done by securing 700,000 verified signatures of a said petition; then it is placed on the ballot when we, the people, vote for representatives, mayors, judges, governors, and proposed amendments on election day.
The movement is gathering steam. Airwaves across the State being filled with John Morgan's distinct voice calling this campaign an "Army of Angels" for those suffering the most; needing medical marijuana the most. Veterans who served; now with PTSD. Hansen's disease. Parkinsons. Seizure prone. Cancer patients.
Currently, 20 States and DC have medical marijuana laws. Two, Colorado and Washington have out-right recreational use. Make it 21 if you count Mississippi, whom has it decriminalized yet no medicinal usage.
There is one person who stands in the way of Florida being the 21st State to have Medical Marijuana laws on the books. One person who is throwing everything legally possible in the way of stopping this cause:
Pam Bondi is currently Florida's barbie-doll-image Attorney General. Pam Bondi is one of Florida’s best-known prosecutors turned Attorney General. She has analyzed big-time crime on Fox and CNN and personally tried some of the state’s highest-profile capital murder cases during her 18 years in Tampa-area courtrooms. Three trials happened to gain National attention. This propelled her into the political spotlight. She never held a political office, from a School Board to a County executive committee position - she went straight to Tallahassee on the wings of Rick Scott.
Bondi contends the proposal from People United for Medical Marijuana, a group led by high-profile attorney John Morgan, is misleading the public and is presented in a way that does not convey its “true meaning and ramifications.”
Bondi is required by law to send a ballot initiative to the state Supreme Court for review within 30 days after it’s submitted to her office.
The proposal, she wrote in a letter filed today to the court, implies that the amendment would allow medical marijuana in narrow, defined circumstances and only for patients for “debilitating diseases. But Bondi says that if the amendment passes, “Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations.”
Morgan argues that if the state legalized medical marijuana, the governor and legislature would still oversee licensing and regulations.
Why is Pam Bondi so afraid of Medical Marijuana?
Many red flags have been raised. Rick Scott, Florida's current Governor who spent nearly 60% of his net-worth to become Governor, was found guilty in the largest Medicaid/Medicare Columbia/HCA scandal in the United States. He was the CEO of Columbia/HCA when patients who had a simple cold; went to the ER or Emergency Clinic, would bill Medicaid "Pneumonia" or if a person came in withdrawing from narcotics, would charge Medicaid "Seizures" - medical coding and billing for Medicaid can easily be changed from a 'P52' to a 'P86' and that slight change in billing and coding equaled thousands of extra dollars per patient.
It is not far fetched to say Rick Scott is friendly to the pharmaceutical companies.
Rick Scott ignited a major furor after he blocked 2009 state legislation to create a computerized prescription database that would have dramatically stemmed the frantic growth of the state’s notorious “pill mills.”
2014 is also election year for Rick Scott and Pam Bondi, who is polling in the low 30%'s and challenger will most likely be former Republican turned Democrat Charlie Crist.
If you want to see Medical Marijuana on the Ballot -
Are you a member of this "Army of Angels" or do you support Pam Bondi and her quest to stop United For Care's petition from being on the ballot?
Let everyone know in the comments below.