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Medical Marijuana Initiative

Follow the money behind Florida's medical marijuana battle

Florida's proposed Amendment 2 to legalize medical marijuana has drawn two major groups of campaign donors. United for Care, the amendment sponsor, has attracted thousands of supporters, who, aside from leader John Morgan, most frequently give small amounts, many below $100. The Drug Free Florida Committee, the mai …

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  1. Perspective: The Colorado pot experiment

    Perspective

    DENVER — Drive around here for a few days and you can't shake it: Is the smell real or in my head?

    Different marijuana strains for sale at Cannabis Station in downtown Denver.
  2. Times poll: Florida medical marijuana amendment in deep trouble

    State Roundup

    A constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana in Florida is in serious jeopardy.

  3. Despite rhetoric in marijuana debate, Legislature controls its safety

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Here's the little secret neither side of the Amendment 2 debate over medical marijuana is talking about: The Florida Legislature controls its fate.

    Robert Jordan, 65, of Parrish grows a small amount of medical marijuana for his wife, Cathy Jordan, 63, who was diagnosed with 27 years ago with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Jordan grows a variety that is high in CBD, a component of cannabis that helps his wife's motor symptoms without making her high. Cathy has been smoking marijuana ever since and says it has slowed the progression of her disease. Manatee County sheriff's deputies received a tip and raided the Jordans' property and seized plants that Jordan was growing in a small shed, where he can control light and temperature. They had the right to seize his equipment as well, but when they saw that the pot was only for Cathy's use, Robert Jordan says, they only took one broken lightbulb. The state attorney for Manatee County determined that the pot was for medical use and declined to prosecute. The Jordans recently sued the sheriff, asking for their plants back and asking a judge to declare that Robert Jordan can grow her pot legally. That suit is pending. He has started to grow a few new plants, but it is months from harvest, he says.   CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
  4. Doctor tells Rotary Club that marijuana is not medicinal

    Politics

    TAMPA — If Floridians vote to legalize medical marijuana on Nov. 4, pill mill-style pot shops and increased use of the drug won't be far behind, a prominent local doctor told a crowd of Rotary Club members Wednesday.

  5. Morgan rallies USF students to support medical marijuana amendment

    State Roundup

    TAMPA — With less than a month to go before Florida voters decide whether to legalize medical marijuana, attorney John Morgan told an audience of about 100 college students Tuesday that he needs them to get supporters to the polls.

    Lawyer John Morgan, the most visible proponent of the marijuana measure, addresses the crowd at the USF rally.
  6. Pro-pot group suggests rules for medical marijuana in Florida

    Elections

    As Election Day draws near, opponents of a proposed constitutional amendment permitting the use of medical marijuana in Florida have been on the attack, alleging that approval would lead to dangerous consequences.

  7. Romano: Extreme rhetoric in medical marijuana debate obscures real people affected

    Elections

    He arrived nonchalantly late, the way any good rock star should.