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Morgan Mulls Raising Money to Back Full Cannabis Legalization in Florida

Orlando lawyer John Morgan, who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, said Tuesday he may back an effort to make cannabis legal for non-medical purposes, expressing frustration about the fight over whether medical marijuana patients are allowed to smoke the plant.

Morgan and other medical marijuana backers are mired in a fight with the state of Florida over whether the 2016 constitutional amendment Florida voters passed to allow the use of cannabis intended for users to be able to smoke it. When lawmakers last year passed legislation implementing the new medical marijuana program, they decided that smoking marijuana would not be legal.

A group led by Morgan is challenging that ban on smoking cannabis. Today, a judge in Tallahassee denied a request to send the case straight to the state Supreme Court, further frustrating Morgan.

“I’m going to look at starting a fund where we all can donate to get full marijuana legalization on the ballot in 2020,” Morgan said on Twitter. “When you mess with the will of the people there are unintended consequences!!

“The cannabis industry is well funded now,” Morgan continued. “Money won’t be a problem.”

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