John Morgan files lawsuit demanding 'smokable' cannabis

John Morgan

John Morgan

When asked Thursday whether he was still contemplating a run for governor, John Morgan told reporters about his warning to his pal, Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran.

Morgan contends that because the ballot amendment says that public smoking of marijuana is prohibited, it should be assumed that smoking cannabis in private is allowed.

Morgan filed the suit in Leon County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

"I'm going to think about it, " he said, after filing a lawsuit challenging the law the Florida Legislature passed implementing the medical marijuana amendment he bankrolled. "Promises made are promises kept".

"The Florida legislature chose to get involved in the medical use and that is not allowed", Morgan said.

When John Morgan drafted Amendment Two-a medical cannabis initiative approved in 2016-he included language prohibiting smoking in public.

Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill last month that outlines how patients can qualify and receive medical marijuana. "Meaning, it was allowed to be smoked in private places".

Passed by an overwhelming majority of registered Floridians, Morgan's lawsuit took issue with Florida's legislators redefining the term "medical use.' "By redefining the constitutionally defined term "medical use" to exclude smoking, the Legislature substitutes its medical judgment for that of 'a licensed Florida physician" and is in direct conflict with the specifically articulated Constitutional process".

Some of the defendants now listed in the suit: Florida Secretary of Health Celeste Philip, Director of the Office of Compassionate Use Christian Bax, Florida Board of Medicine Chairman James Orr, Florida Board of Osteopathic Medicine Chairman Anna Hayden. Medical use was very clear", Morgan asserted, "that a patient and a doctor would determine what's best for them.

The lawsuit cites a 2012 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, which found marijuana smoking increased lung capacity and did not impair lung function.

But now Morgan says that the Florida legislature has ignored the original goal of the amendment in favor of money and donors. For now, he's just watching the field and seeing how things play out.

"If you go to a swimming pool at a hotel", Morgan offers, "and it says no swimming after 9 pm, no swimming before 8 am, does it mean you can swim between 8 am and 9 pm?"

Morgan touts himself as a "capitalist with a capital "C" whose conservative values and skills in negotiating would help him transition party lines if he were ever step into the political spotlight more so than he already has.

In a press conference, Morgan explained that his fight was not for recreational marijuana but was for medicinal use of the plant.

Recommended News

  • US Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Southern Afghanistan

    US Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Southern Afghanistan

    The training includes increasing the number of Afghan commandos, and building up the Afghan Air Force. At the end of the Obama administration, almost 1,500 USA troops were pulled from Afghanistan.
    Arizona Braces for Winds as Wildfires Sweep West

    Arizona Braces for Winds as Wildfires Sweep West

    The Arizona Department of Transportation suggested alternative routes for those traveling to and from Prescott. About 70 people spent Thursday night in two shelters set up at the high school and a local community college.
    USA  doctors dispute North Korean coma story

    USA doctors dispute North Korean coma story

    The North Korean regime deemed him a "war criminal" and "brutalized and terrorized" him during his detainment, his father said. When asked whether President Obama could have done more, Fred Warmbier replied: "I think the results speak for themselves".
  • Meira Kumar meets DMK chief Karunanidhi to garner support

    Meira Kumar meets DMK chief Karunanidhi to garner support

    Summary: This is a historical fight as the nation is witnessing a presidential election based on ideology, she added. Ms Kumar later visited M Karunanidhi at his Gopalapuram residence in Chennai .
    Ricky Stenhouse takes checkered flag at Daytona for 2nd win of 2017

    Ricky Stenhouse takes checkered flag at Daytona for 2nd win of 2017

    Clint Bowyer rallied to finish second, followed by Paul Menard , Michael McDowell , Ryan Newman , Ragan, Brendan Gaughan, A.J. Brad Keselowski , who led 32 laps in dominating the first 40-lap stage of the race, was also among those who retired early.

    'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel Picks Up 'a Few Minutes' After 'Avengers 4'

    Holland proves without a doubt he is the best version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man we have seen on the big screen to date. For example, "The suit now has web wings under his arms, which pays homage to early comic books".
  • Qatar to boost gas output regardless of Gulf diplomatic row

    Qatar to boost gas output regardless of Gulf diplomatic row

    The development will increase the North Field's production of natural gas, condensate and other associated products by 1 million barrels per day.
    Passenger Throws Coin Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

    Passenger Throws Coin Into Plane Engine for 'Good Luck'

    Passengers panicked once they saw an old woman throwing coins on the plane, one of which landed inside the engine. The plane resumed its route to Guangzhou at 4:53pm, four hours later than the scheduled departure time.
    Do-it-yourself patch could replace annual flu jab

    Do-it-yourself patch could replace annual flu jab

    Initial experiments show the patch is safe, effective as traditional flu shots and patients could actually give it to themselves. Scientists are now planning to test the new patch in children, as well as develop patches for other vaccines beyond the flu .
  • Aapka swaagat hai mere dost: Israeli PM Netanyahu welcomes PM Modi

    Aapka swaagat hai mere dost: Israeli PM Netanyahu welcomes PM Modi

    The first bunch of a Chrysanthemum flower named after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was presented to the him. Modi arrived in Israel on Tuesday afternoon, the first visit to Israel by an Indian head of government.
    Ram Nath Kovind to campaign in Hyderabad on Tuesday

    Ram Nath Kovind to campaign in Hyderabad on Tuesday

    She will also garland a statue of her father late Jagjivan Ram and interact with MPs, MLAs and MLCs, Left party leaders. Another Congress MLA quit and joined CPI (M).
    Three CNN journalists resign after Russia-related article retracted

    Three CNN journalists resign after Russia-related article retracted

    So it was pulled, and an apology was offered to Scaramucci, who accepted it. "Everyone makes mistakes. Taking to Twitter on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump ripped into CNN over their retracted story.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.