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John Morgan: I'll Sue for Smokeable Marijuana, and I'll Win

June 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
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John Morgan says it’s a patient’s right to be able to smoke marijuana.

So fervent is Morgan in his belief that he is prepared to sue Florida over the state’s newest medical marijuana regulations, which prohibit smoking the drug outright.

On Wednesday Gov. Rick Scott said he would “absolutely” sign the Florida legislature’s proposal to regulate the state’s booming medical marijuana industry, which is only set to expand as time goes on.
 
"They worked hard to get a bill that made sense,” Scott said. “I think, in anything like this, there's a process on how to make things better.”
 
It didn’t take long for Morgan to respond, saying he was ready to head to court as soon as Scott’s signature hit the bill.
 
“Great Scott!! I'll be filing my lawsuit for smoke as soon as it goes into law,” he wrote on Twitter
 
The current proposal to regulate medical marijuana allows patients to ingest the drug via edibles, oils or vaping, but prohibits smoking the drug -- an issue that has pro-medical marijuana advocates up in arms. 
 
Morgan says state lawmakers didn’t quite understand the intent of Amendment 2, which he largely crafted with other pro-medical marijuana advocates.
 
“I don’t know what their problem is with smoke but that’s clearly the intent of the amendment,” Morgan said.  “I will get to sue them to allow medical marijuana to be smoked.”
 
Morgan told Sunshine State News Amendment 2 restricts patients from smoking the drug in public, but said the underlying implication is that medical marijuana can be smoked in the privacy of patients’ homes.  
 
The firebrand attorney is confident he will emerge victorious.
 
“The reason I will win is because the amendment says clearly that medical marijuana may not be smoked in public, but if it may not be smoked in public it may be smoked in private,” he said.
 
The Orlando attorney said he believed lawmakers feared marijuana, with the ban on smoking being just another way to voice their disapproval over the alternative medication.

“They’re making it a health issue like someone in chemotherapy is taking a few tokes,” Morgan said. “It’s a bunch of people who don't understand what they don't understand. When you're dying the last thing you care about is the smoke from marijuana."
 
Other medical marijuana advocates agreed.
 
“I think it’s silly that the legislature insists on banning the single most common method of consumption of marijuana,” Florida For Care executive director Ben Pollara told SSN. “It’s also contrary to the definition of ‘marijuana’ and ‘medical use’ in the Florida Constitution.
 
Morgan told SSN he had already started preparing the lawsuit, enlisting former Florida politician and fellow attorney Jon Mills to help him snag a win for smokeable marijuana. 
 
Morgan said he plans on filing the lawsuit when Scott signs it into law. The governor officially received the bill Monday and has two weeks to sign the bill.

 

Reach reporter Allison Nielsen by email at allison@sunshinestatenews.com or follow her on Twitter: @AllisonNielsen.


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It's absolutely ridiculous too! They postponed legalizing it to allow big pharm to come up with a THC pill that doesn't work. It doesn't work! Smoking is the best method to get the most of the THC. So, Stupid Scott is still hooked on old ideas. H

Sue for home-grow John, otherwise they'll just poison our meds with pesticides. No government can be trusted anymore

We did not VOTE for a pill. I am 68 I know what Marijuana is . It is not a pill.For everone who drinks is a pill a drink?

Couldn't agree more.... Alcohol should be outlawed, I can believe how harmful that stuff is. Ruining many lives, yet we can't SMOKE medical marijuana. We stand with John Morgan....you have this, sir! Bless you and your efforts to help so many people. What we have now doesn't work as well as smoke. Thank you....

Hey Laura - Alcohol WAS ILLEGAL. Ever hear of PROHIBITION? It was promoted by Tea Totaler Christian Women. from 1920 to 1933 by messing with the 18th Amendment. You're a hundred years LATE, and an obvious "Progressive" who wants to mess with our Constitution. Who are YOU to Judge? As for the Morgan Clan... they are Flaming SOCIALISTS!

Yes alcohol was I said WAS illegal. Now people drink which I couldn't care to each their own. Laura knows about prohibition of alcohol back in the days. Alcohol kills cannabis doesn't and a fact is that it helps people with many medical issues. I am one of them. I started marijuana for my PTSD 2 years ago now. I have my license but I totally agree prohibition of the marijuana plant is basically about money and that's it. My ex, a very successful educated ex owner of a verrry successful pharmacy in Fort lauderdale, FL who retired at the age of 37 because pills are very expensive and became rich very fast was the one who told me to try marijuana. I was adamant at first but I did and now Im saved. I thank him and let's get it totally legal like a fkn cigarette. That's my experience.

So, you seem to disagree (for lack of a better word) with prohibition but support anti marijuana legislation. You probably have never been big on the weed, but get sauced on the regular. Both you and Laura are hypocritical idiots. You scream "SOCIALISTS!" when in reality, he's trying to break a regilation. Like most people, you have no fucking clue what you are taking about. So tell me Tampaboy, do you want the government to regulate us more or us regulate the government. You fucking tool.

Tampa guy, you are an arrogant prick

Yeah because prohibition worked so well last time.

Ha....another Democrat ..typical Ambulance Chaser....I'LL WIN.....that what Hillary said....where is she nOW......Govt started this DRUG problem & now another Wanna Bee NUT is trying to Set Rules on Medical WEED......Ha...what joke....Weed Clinics....ha.....How did that Pain Clinic work for YOU.....ABUSE from crooked dR's & CRACKHEADS getting OXY and pushing on streets to kids and others.......

Wow. You are all over the place. The pain clinic is completely different from a dispensary. Instead of automatically hating the use of medical marijuana because of "democrats", "ambulance chasers", Hillary, and "Wanna Bee NUT", perhaps you might want to actually read up on it and how it actually helps people, there has never been an overdose, and it can help people going through chemo actually be able to eat. And please, learn the difference between a crackhead, an oxy abuser, and someone who medically needs a natural herb, marijuana.

While he is doing this, he needs to include some protections for those who can legally use cannabis. Leases are now saying NO Medical Marijuana in them, Doctors are firing patients if they get a MMJ card, Pain management DOC are firing patients left and right over using a legal substance. MMJ patients needs legal protections from unfair practices. PLEASE ADD THESE INTO THE lawsuit . Nobodylooses there home because a DOC wrote them a script or the bought a bottle

There is nothing worse than being extremely ill and the feeling of being very euphoric from OxyContin, Lortabs, Vicodin, etc.... sick people can take two small draws of a vaporizer (not pen type) or a small pipe and all the sudden have no pain, increased appetite and relief. If you have never been that sick, if you have never suffered the severe side effects from prescription drugs, then you seriously need to use google more. The information is endless. Sick people don't want to be so high/euphoric from drugs...they want to feel good, normal and enjoy life the best they can. So happy the VA is now recognizing and allowing Veterans to smoke for PTSD.... read up old Vets... were going to take your scotch away and let you put that in your pipe and smoke it .... pun ;)

as a vet...I can tell you that the va is pro marijuana...but being a federal entity cannot and will not at this time condone its use...it cant because at the federal level it is still against the law...doesn't matter what state the va is in even if it is 100 percent legal in that state the va cannot provide marijuana...I wish what you say is true but sadly it is not...but your attitude toward it does show that most americans are for medical marijuana...and that is the start to making the change that can so dramatically help so many people : )

If you take the time to ask Mr. Morgan why this is so important to him you,LL learn about his brother needs it to stop seizures. Learn before you open your mouth.

This is ONLY to further a path for other's destruction. Without restraints.

This is an ignorant statement.

I support John and legalize it 100% is exactly what should be done to try and tell grown up people they can drink all the liquors they want but if you have a small amount of pot your going to go to jail is not only wrong there should be a class action lawsuit and we should all sue them! Now imagine your sick on chemo and can not eat anything but if you smoke a bit you then can eat some food or how about all the people with seizure issues it is helping or how about people who want to just chill out and relieve some stress. Don't like it???? Dont smoke it Like it??? Smoke it!

I agree 100%. People should be able to have cannabis whenever they want just like we all can have alcohol whenever we want & that can be dangerous.

Morgan maybe a carnival hawker, a circus promoter, an one who likes to drive drunk, but, if Morgan wants to rant the rave for smokable Marijuana, with he name recognition and the talent to attract the press, and the voters (constituents) let Morgan drive this medical necessity, Scott, head of the biggest medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated, Google it, got off on that, how soon people forget, and entangled with the big pharmaceutical industry conglomerates, who stand to lose billions on their poisons, as well as hospitals, the doctors, the healthcare machine as well, cures don't pay, treatments pay, a David vs. Goliath battle, and David won, but we're talking dollars. Realize this, after all the riga marole and expenses to e able to get that first script, it is still $190 a week, so the average Joe or Mary won't be able to access anyway, and insurance will not cover it, so only the privileged few will have access. And that is a crime, withholding viable medication, due you the worship of the dollar, can you say medical neglect? Scott's pockets are not for the people.

Morgan maybe a carnival hawker, a circus promoter, an one who likes to drive drunk, but, if Morgan wants to rant the rave for smokable Marijuana, with he name recognition and the talent to attract the press, and the voters (constituents) let Morgan drive this medical necessity, Scott, head of the biggest medicare fraud scheme ever perpetrated, Google it, got off on that, how soon people forget, and entangled with the big pharmaceutical industry conglomerates, who stand to lose billions on their poisons, as well as hospitals, the doctors, the healthcare machine as well, cures don't pay, treatments pay, a David vs. Goliath battle, and David won, but we're talking dollars. Realize this, after all the riga marole and expenses to e able to get that first script, it is still $190 a week, so the average Joe or Mary won't be able to access anyway, and insurance will not cover it, so only the privileged few will have access. And that is a crime, withholding viable medication, due you the worship of the dollar, can you say medical neglect? Scott's pockets are not for the people.

Legalize it already! This is and always has been a bunch of B.S you can drink they can give you hard stuff but to act like a joint is so harmful is stupid. CHANGE THE LAW!

I've read a lot of comments here about how bad John Morgan is and I'm just wondering who else is going to make the smokeable thing happen. I haven't read or heard from anyone else coming forward that will get this done and all you smart people on here slamming everything sure aren't helping either. It's not going to just happen on it's own so why don't some of you smart people just get it done then and not worry about what John's doing. I'll be waiting for you but hurry up please.......in the mean time I'm hoping John keeps moving us forward because talking and doing are 2 different things and all you smart people are just talking.....John got us this far at least.....so if you aren't really helping and just talking bs just please stfu. Thank You

I thought 'we already did that with the passing of amendment 2 to our constitution. I cannot imagine that 71% of the voters (not sure how many million) voted for medical cannabis and understood that smoking was the primary way of delivery. It is difficult for me to understand the mind set of a person who has clung to a myth about cannabis that is nearly a century old. It is time that the people of Florida come of age.

He is the only one to come forward to help this be law...A lot of people talk but don't have the balls to take a stand.....smh

So....I can vape my flower in my own home but if I touch a lighter to it it's illegal? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Such bullshit, Rick Scott will not make the so called flower available because he has only allowed certain people to have license to grow and sell it, i dont imagine that he would be making a big kickback if people could buy the flower, from somewhere other than the state, the state would loose too many customers, it's a monopoly, I'm sure.

5 people 5:rich people with big money behind them are the only ones licensed to grow in the state of Fla It's a big money maker for the already rich I checked into it . Its a $300.00 deposit to be put on a 3 month waiting list , afterwards there's another @$275.00 deposit Followed by a phone interview with a Dr that will determine over the phone if you're able to buy medical marijuana . It's likely that everyone that spends the money will be approved and there is a $75.00 fee for renewed prescriptions plus the cost of the product They are now legalized pot dealers . I'll stick to getting my oils from the ones I've been getting it from for the last 2 yrs I've always said when big pharma and big money could control the profits from pot that it would become leagal That time has Come

All of u morons have no clue about the positive effects of MMJ on terminally ill patients among other diseases....why don't u all do a little research about the actual medical benefits to those people that actually have relief from CBD AND THC. Get a clue you uneducated right wing agenda pushing assholes....there's a reason why 30+ states have MEDICALLY LEGALIZED IT, it helps. Ask my parents.

How can you go to the polls,in accordance with the law to have the state say: we don't care what you voted for,you're not getting it.That itself is against the law.

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