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

June 21, 2017 - 3:30pm
John Morgan
John Morgan

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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How can we find out about the lawsuit, what is the case number, what county? I heard it was filed in Leon county, but I can't find records on the web. It would be nice to see some responsible news coverage keeping us informed on what is happening.

John Morgan for Governor

"Go for It John", We Need You !!!

My medical marijuana prescribition starts July 14th, 2017 and even though the smoking of it is still illegal I'm am still very happy I have acces to this medicine in some form. But I am so happy you're standing up for the voters and the patients because just like all medicine their is and will be side effects. So for them to make smoking illegal is just ridiculous because the marijuana smoke is just a side effect but people who are ill are not concerned with the side effects if it helps more then it hurts.

I'm always in constant pain I know pot helps my pain all the time but it's hard to get legalized for it I wish I could get legalized for it

I recently got medical marijuana prescribed. My life is failing due to cancer and spinal injury to remove cancer. My pain is uncontrollable with opiates. However, I can't even afford the scripts given. $1155 for it. Who can afford that. If I am get it off the street and it works better. Gives me some life. Why the hell do they make it so difficult. Just let us live in peace!!! " GO GET THEM. MORGAN....

There are many of us in pain and are forced to use opiates because pain is severe. The stress of ailment and taking opiates are a big issue alone. Please please understan give us relief from this spiral. Good ole smokeable marijuana is what we need. Many of us are seniors so think about it. Should anyone suffer let alone a senior who has given the USA a lifetime of taxes.

With opiates, I become ill, with medical Marijuana it takes the pain away! Why make us suffer? I worked in healthcare for many yrs, I've seen pts suffering only to become addicted to opiates. Medical mj helps Addicts get off the drugs, I've seen it personally and am an advocate for medical Marijuana Thank you John Morgan for your compassion, empathy! I've seen HEROIN USERS Get clean & stay clean with Marijuana, plus CBD'S in the plant attack existing and pre-existing cancers in our cells. We need compassion!

Scott is one Brave dumbass if he's going to sign a bill that 71% of the people in this state will not support. Political suicide is what it is.

Smoking delivers the medicine the fastest and most effective way possible. I've seen marijuana do what morphine could not do to relieve pain in a dying cancer patient. For God sake have mercy on these people , it is a natural plant and a gift from God to many people suffering trrrible pain. It doesn't cause terrible pain from being constapated like narcotics or opiates do to everyone who uses them. It can completely relieve intractable pain in minutes and if it relaxes the patient with THC so much the better. God bless you John Morgan if you accomplish nothing else in your life you have had a major impact on our heath care and given relief to thousands suffering needlessly. I will vote for you if you run for any office. I'm also a cancer patient with cancer in my spine. Do you think anyone suffering is going to pay attention to that stupid part of Amendment 2. Let the people have what they voted for. NOW

Synthetics kill. The side effects are extreme. The body has cb1 and cb2 receptors waiting to be activated. This needs to be discussed further and on the news! Synthetics are made for profit because they (Rockefeller foundation) and big pharma can patent and kill. This must be exposed to everyone.

This is my new Gonvener of Florida!

If they are so worried about the health inplications of smoking Marijuana then why is it legal to smoke cigarettes which have absolutely no positive effect on the human body and MANY negative effects ?

insane right. there not crazy or stupid though just greedy devils that don't need to be in any position of power when you start taking away the rights away from the citizens by trying to make up or use false loopholes that's criminal.

It's all about the money!

So simple , direct, right in their faces true ...

need to quit worrying about what you want and give the people what they want with 71% of the vote people should have the right to smoke it if they choose John Morgan sue the hell out of them

I am a cancer patient. I am suffering from a rare form of leukemia with a JAK2 V617F mutation. THC/CBD oil would benefit me. I went from 230lbs to 166lbs. In less than a year. While these so called compassionate law makers who run Florida. Fight over this amendment 2. I am wasting away and dying. Governor Rick Scott is no better then the politicians who run Florida. You uncompassionate idiots argue over a plant and how we consume it. You all should be put on trial for MURDER. You people are letting us all die in the name of money and who gets it. I used to live in the state (Delaware) the first state. Who now has full blown medical marijuana. You can get it and consume it anyway you want. Why don't you follow Delaware's advice. Like you did when Beau Biden the late Attorney General came here and showed you how to run your pill mills. Oh that's right you are in the hip pocket of Big Pharm companies. Just like he was. People up their died while he held up the progress of medical marijuana. He died of brain cancer. Which was sad. He could have been saved by medical marijuana. A good friend of mine suffered from brain cancer like Beau did,but my friend used medical marijuana and it cured him. My friend is alive and well today. 5 years later. Karma is a bitch. Who knows what it holds in store for you. Don't be another Beau Biden. Save our LIVES. Who now's maybe you will save yourself or a loved one from KARMA in the process. I BEG OF YOU DO THE RIGHT THING AND SAVE ALL OF US. Money and power over people isn't everything. Please Listen to the sick. We wanna live as well.

Well said. Good luck in your battle. And best wishes for your health

I am a legal patient in Florida. Cannabis is benefiting me and giving me a better quality of life. Putting GREED before compassion for the people MUST STOP. William McCleaf I am praying you are using cannabis to save your life. I agree with everything you said. John Morgan, go get'em!! And while you are at it please help us fight for home grow. Every other state allows patients to grow their own medicine, we should also be allowed a certain number of plants. I don't SMOKE, I use different delivery methods BUT I am all for patients who want to smoke should be allowed to SMOKE.

I dont smoke John however, I am right with you on this! Amen! To you Sir!

Do you even know what you're smoking in these Vape cartridges they are quote making they have totally destroyed what is here. They always have to turn it into something else that isn't what we want I want to know what I'm smoking don't you and after all the law passed then they added all this crap I think it's baloney and you go mr. Morgan

Do you even know what you're smoking in these Vape cartridges they are quote making they have totally destroyed what is here. They always have to turn it into something else that isn't what we want I want to know what I'm smoking don't you and after all the law passed then they added all this crap I think it's baloney and you go mr. Morgan

How do you afford to buy it. If people need it, the are obviously unable to work???

Do you even know what you're smoking in these Vape cartridges they are quote making they have totally destroyed what is here. They always have to turn it into something else that isn't what we want I want to know what I'm smoking don't you and after all the law passed then they added all this crap I think it's baloney and you go mr. Morgan

Only a full and fair implementation of A2 is acceptable. Let Doctors decide who uses Medical Cannabis and let Patients decide how they medicate including smoking and vaping flowers. Lawmakers are doing to A2 what they did to A1. Ignore the will of Floridians and play games with the Constitution. Vote the bums out

Smoke em if you got em http://CertifiesMarijuanaDoctors.com for the people

By now everyone know the truth behind the prohibition on marijuana, politicians were paid to make it illegal so that different Industries would have less competition. What are the biggest being Pharmaceutical.

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. He is so marrowminded with tunnel vision.

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. He is so marrowminded with tunnel vision.

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