First Blood: Florida Passes Medical Marijuana!

Two years after a referendum to legalize medical marijuana in Florida fell short by a few percentage points, voters in the Sunshine State on Election Day approved a constitutional amendment that gives patients with debilitating illnesses such as AIDS, cancer and Crohn’s disease access to cannabis. The referendum, with 69 percent of state precincts reporting results, passed by an astronomical 70 percent.Florida is now the 26th state in the union to legalize medical marijuana.John Morgan, the Orlando lawyer who put in $8 million of his own money to get out the vote and obtain the necessary signatures to twice put the question voters on the ballot, hailed the victory as a big win for Florida’s sick and suffering.“The election was a means to an end,” Morgan said. “The end was always, always, always delivering compassion to those who could benefit, those desperate for the relief medical marijuana can bring.”“With broad support across all demographics, voters in Florida approved Amendment...



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