The fight over legalizing medical marijuana in Florida will be on center stage Monday at the University of Tampa. The momentum of the movement across the country has reached Florida and attorney John Morgan has been helping lead the statewide charge. The use of marijuana, for both medical and recreational uses, has become law in a handful of states.
Now, it is Florida’s turn to decide whether to join those states. Morgan, a prominent central Florida attorney, has become a figurehead in the movement, spending millions to get the measure on November’s ballot. Tonight, Morgan will be a part of a debate held at the University of Tampa discussing the medical marijuana issue.
“So, when I woke up and was coming here today, I thought, do I really want to be doing this?” Morgan said fitting in marijuana speaking engagements in his hectic schedule. “I don’t want to do as many of them. There’s so many, that you can’t do that. But I do plan on as the year gets going on, to do more registration, absentee votes, that type of thing.”
The University of Florida Drug Policy Institute director Kevin Sabet also will participate in the forum, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Martinez Athletic Center on North Boulevard on the UT campus. The event is free and open to the public.
In a blog posting in January, Sabet wrote: “We can expect criminal organizations to adapt to legal prices, sell to people outside the legal market (e.g., kids) and continue to profit from other, much larger revenue sources, such as humand trafficking and other drugs.” The event also will feature Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) in favor of the measure and Eric Voth, M.D., chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, arguing against the initiative.
Morgan, meanwhile, says he simply plans to put faces on his campaign. “The message to voters is, this is an organic plant, put into nature, by God, that works,” Morgan said. “I don’t know why it works, but it works.”
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