John Morgan: The fight does not end.

We may not have passed amendment 2 tonight but make no mistake, tonight was a victory in the fight for medical marijuana in Florida. Our next governor will take the oath of office having won less than a majority of Floridians' votes. The idea that marijuana is medicine and that those suffering and in pain should not be made criminals, received a larger share of the vote than the winner of the last 6 gubernatorial elections (if over 56) and every presidential campaign in Florida for decades. 

Tallahassee didn't act, so the people had to. 

Well tonight, the people have spoken their will - and their will is for Florida to join 23 other states in passing a medical marijuana law for people like Cathy Jordan and my brother Tim. 

This fight does not end tonight. This fight begins tonight. Tomorrow we go to Tallahassee. 

Tallahassee politicians can ignore polls and ignore activists. They cannot ignore a clear majority of Florida voters. We will not be ignored. 

The governor and the leadership of the house and senate MUST listen to the people who gave them their jobs. They must act on this issue. They must pass a medical marijuana law in the 2015 session that serves the hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering Floridians who are desperate for one. 

If they don't - we'll be back on the ballot in 2016. And the will of the people WILL NOT be denied a second time. 

I have this final message to the patients in Florida - compassion may have been delayed, but it is coming.

 - John Morgan

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commented 2014-11-12 10:14:20 -0500 · Flag
it always was, is and will be out there anyway and what did we learn from the alcohol prohibition period? It made the mafia rich and more powerful, so legalize pot to be able to: get additional tax revenue, better quality of the product and control and get more man power as police and sheriff departments are not kept busy with unnecessary stuff. Just watch Colorado they had no negative impact since they liberalized it.
commented 2014-11-11 13:52:38 -0500 · Flag
I concur that patients should be given priority over dispensary profits. The “pot shops” shouldn’t supersede the compassion we ought to give to patients who are sick. Let the patients and caregivers grow their own supply. It’s not illegal to brew your own beer or ferment your own wine given that is for your own consumption. why shouldn’t sick and dying patients be able to cultivate? What about Cathy Jordan. Catherine Jordan was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1986 by leading ALS doctors, told she would die within five years. She began using medicinal cannabis in 1989, which she credits with halting the progress od the disease and she is now recognized by the ALS Association as one of the longest living ALS patients. Her husband was growing for her and avoided prosecution for cultivating her medicine. We should let them keep growing their own supply.
commented 2014-11-10 12:54:02 -0500 · Flag
We need to get our cultivation rights included in the next ballot initiative
why force cancer patients to deplete their life savings at dispensaries. Instead grant them the option to grow their own medicine. Besides organic growing is more medically sound then all the fertilizer the dispensaries will use to boost profits
commented 2014-11-09 22:59:51 -0500 · Flag
It goes far beyond this, those in Florida which their doctors have no doubt what so ever are suffering from pain can not get our medications! Why do I have to pay to go to the hospital to get pain relief that a pharmacy can not seem to give me! I might have better luck if I could stay out there for hours going from one pharmacy to another but I am unable nor am I willing! I not only pay but the American people pay as well since I have been hospitalized 3 times in the last few months because I can not get my medication! I am losing this fight one month at a time~
commented 2014-11-08 17:53:41 -0500 · Flag
So many stones didn’t vote because the measure was aimed at medicinal use and not recreational, didn’t they see how one led to the other? Also the population of the Sunshine State has so many out-of-state students and retries that couldn’t vote.
commented 2014-11-07 16:32:52 -0500 · Flag
what i dont get is tht we were so close to getting it passed they should just pass it anyways its only 2% really ppl wow just pass it and make peoples lives much easier to live besides getting it else where! i believe they did this so the police had a reason to aresst ppl end of story and they couldve made so much money taxing it wowow—-speedy
commented 2014-11-07 16:01:25 -0500 · Flag
great cause. everyone need access to marijuana. The govt. will soon find out why.
commented 2014-11-06 13:20:02 -0500 · Flag
Thank you Dr Elmer for the informative post! We need more people like you promoting awareness and scientific facts along with personal experiences to help our suffering Americans including myself. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart :)
commented 2014-11-06 12:09:06 -0500 · Flag
Dear Stacy Bea,
If you’ve ever been around an internal combustion motor (ie car), then you’ve inhaled second hand smoke (carbon monoxide). Your comment implying critically ill people will be parading around you smoking marijuana, without regard to you or anyone around is absurd- but it is one of the concerns the “no” side continues to harp, and as such, both sides should use this as a learning opportunity. Those of us on the “yes” side should be mindful when running into this argument particularly in the next two years whilst building up to a triumphant 2016.
As a doctor who does home care with the elderly and critically ill, pain is a common denominator. Ninety percent are on narcotics (opioids) of varying kinds and 100% of them suffer from adverse side effects (nausea, constipation, decline in function, lack of energy). There are two general types of narcotics prescribed for pain: those that are fast acting and short lived and those that are slow acting and longer lasting. Patients that use marijuana for pain typically ingest it orally (in cookies, brownies, etc) since its effects are longer lasting. As an aside, Ill patients have a hard time eating anything. This delivery method is a great way to introduce much needed calories. However, in those situations where “breakthrough” pain is needed, marijuana can be inhaled. This provides a fast acting, yet short lived response, giving time for the slower acting medicine to uptake. Also, as previously noted in an earlier response, ill patients do not burn the medicine in order to inhale it instead it is vaporized. This way the smoke that is produced by way of burning the organic material in the marijuana is avoided. People with compromised heart and lung function have poor tolerance to inhaling smoke- plus they may even be on oxygen. However Stacy , if they do decide to “smoke” marijuana conventionally, it will be in the privacy of their own home- nowhere near you.
The second part of your argument is very important to address. This amendment is intended to alleviate pain, and suffering (which is a consequence of chronic intractable pain) to those who need it. Suggesting referring physicians patients and caregivers will be careless, reckless and irresponsible with MM is hurtful and insulting. Many people are addicted to opioids yet there is no public clamour purporting the danger they poses to society. Yet,opioids pose a great threat to family’s everywhere due to their highly addictive properties- many lives have been ruined. The other thing to remember is that it is quite easy to kill yourself unintentionally with opioids. The pharmacology is such that they have a very narrow band of toxicity. Too much and breathing centers in the brain will be suppressed- and this might be just one or two pills for a frail person.
The beauty of MM is that it has a very wide spectrum of tolerance
and it does not effect the breathing centers in the brain the way opioids do- The bottom line is you can’t fatally overdose yourself with MM.
Stacy, please know that disseminating incorrect information about MM is the real tragedy here. Countless people have been adversely affected by your vote- needlessly I might add. Inform yourself and stay abreast as new information regarding MM is discovered almost weekly. Also, find compassion and love in your heart for those that cannot fend for themselves, the sick, the weak and those suffering from a kind of pain I hope you never have to endure. Finally, base your decisions on facts, not baseless ideological bias.
commented 2014-11-06 10:39:25 -0500 · Flag
Thank you Mr. Morgan and to all the volunteers in helping with this movement. I am very disappointed in the final outcome and really feel with 57% / 58% over 43% / 44%, we won. The majority of the voters said “YES”; Unfortunately, it was just not enough to make it legal for treating people and that is a crying shame!!! Until we can pass this, all ill patients will continue to use much harsher chemically made medication (aka poison) or purchase “illegal” marijuana through a illegal source and no telling what it could be laced with??? I’d rather see marijuana controlled to ensure you are using a pure strain with NO surprises. I feel that would be safer. Not to mention more lucrative for our State by adding more job opportunities for those individual highly trained and govern by the state to work in this environment.

Mr. Morgan……I honestly feel that together we can changed this. We need to organize a peaceful rally in Tallahassee. Join forces and let our Governor see us there fighting for this freedom of choice. Let him connect with all suffering patients face to face if they can easily go, or a family member take a poster board of your loved one that is suffering. Show it to our wonderful Governor, let him see the amount of votes he could loose in the next election.

This is a choice we should of had for many years, but was mistakenly taken away from us in the 1930’s with ridiculous lies. Wake up Floridians and start doing some research for yourself on the benefits and studies of medical marijuana. We have been living in a matrix and you need to look beyond the rose colored glasses. Wake Up!
commented 2014-11-06 09:28:27 -0500 · Flag
Ok let’s not all attack Stacy Bea here. From the looks of her comment she is not a troll, but severely uneducated on what this movement is all about. Instead of attacking these people, we need to teach them, educate them, and show them that medicinal cannabis does not hurt anyone.

First of all, we don’t see people drinking out in public or out in the streets because there are laws enforced to keep consumption contained. There are designated areas including the private household. Medicinal marijuana would be no different. There will not be any smoking in public areas around anyone that does not want to be around smoke.

Secondly, many people who need this medication ingest it. Most are too sick to smoke. There are vast amounts of ways to get it into your system other than smoking.

Lastly, people like Stacy are poisoning our cause. Because of people like Stacy, many sick patients will not live long enough to see cannabis legalized in the great state of Florida and will live the rest of their lives in pain and agony. I just wish that people would just refrain from voting on the subject all together if they are not equipped with the proper amount of knowledge to make a fair and accurate vote. Now again, I am not attacking Stacy Bea. I am just using her as an example as to how misinformation and lack of education is what’s holding us back. Spread valid knowledge, prove key points, and enlighten those who do not see the potential of this God-given wonder.
commented 2014-11-05 23:55:25 -0500 · Flag
That’s the most ridiculous response I have ever against it because of smoke. .you do realize that there are plenty ways to use marijuana other than smoking. ..not to mention cigarettes are legal and more deadly. ..so because of your selfish act thousands are denied medicine. ..also you would not be able to just light up anywhere. .you o obviously did zero research. ..
commented 2014-11-05 23:50:10 -0500 · Flag
So Stacey your ok with people suffering because you don’t want to smell it? Is that correct?
commented 2014-11-05 23:25:36 -0500 · Flag
I am not against medical marijuana. However, I voted no and will continue to do so because I am against the smoking form of it. If it is legal people will do it everywhere and I feel like it is a violation of my rights to be forced to be around 2nd hand smoke. It is something I choose not to put in my body so unless it can be ate or drank (taken with out effecting me) I will continue to be against it.
commented 2014-11-05 18:13:07 -0500 · Flag
Well Mr. Morgan even though your office did not take me as a client for my disability claim because I could not provide the right release of my past attorney I appreciate your fighting for this cause. My fight goes on and have found another attorney and hopefully there will be freedom in this land of the free.
commented 2014-11-05 17:16:46 -0500 · Flag
Please don’t give up Mr. Morgan. ..patients like me need medical marijuana …we are being slowly poisoned by Big Pharma. .Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking on this fight for us!
commented 2014-11-05 16:37:25 -0500 · Flag
Thank you Mr. Morgan for taking this fight to Tallahassee. All I heard from politicians this election campaign season was basically their lies to the public that the want to fight against “big government”. Well here it is. Big government is what has kept this prohibition of cannabis on us all these years. The truth be told the people of this nation would have legalized it long ago had either of the main political parties ran with it openly. But the politicians want to stand in the other room and wait for someone else to make the first move. You made that move for the people of Florida Mr. Morgan.

I run a Facebook page called “Kids Fight Club” supporting awareness of children with childhood cancers. Last night many of the mothers of these children were on Facebook sharing their disappointment over a less harmful pain alternative for their children being kept from these kids any longer. I reassured them that the fight is still not over. But for many of these families it doesn’t lessen the blow they have been dealt.

We campaigned hard for passage of Amendment 2 and will continue to support your efforts. We have more than one reason to do so, but the biggest one is “FOR THE PEOPLE”. God bless.
commented 2014-11-05 16:29:56 -0500 · Flag
It may be too late for me but thank you for trying. Take care
commented 2014-11-05 15:56:49 -0500 · Flag
What we are up against folks..
http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/5492894
commented 2014-11-05 15:45:30 -0500 · Flag
Let us evolve. This plant is here put by nature for everyone. Who are you to judge. “Land of the free”, but not me, not us. Floridians this is your downfall. Keep fighting for freedom in the land of the “free”. What a shame!
commented 2014-11-05 15:13:13 -0500 · Flag
I cannot tell you how much respect I have for Mr. Morgan and those who have supported this cause. I’m so disappointed in this state I call home. Other states have a lower % rate than 60 percent. I hold faith that this will pass and that it will be on the ballot in 2016. My heroes are Mr. Morgan and those who supported this cause from the beginning onto 2016!
commented 2014-11-05 15:08:40 -0500 · Flag
Updates? How did it go today in Tallahassee?
commented 2014-11-05 14:40:12 -0500 · Flag
Thank you John Morgan and all volunteers! I will fight with you till end!! We will win this fight either now, as you said, or we will kick butt in 2016!!
commented 2014-11-05 14:14:42 -0500 · Flag
They live with it in the comfort of their ignorance. There were so many lies spread throughout this campaign, it’s sickening. Ive heard over and over that legalizing will put it in the hands of children. The fact is that keeping it illegal makes it more accessible to children. I heard over and over that there would be pot dispensaries on every corner. Simply not true and so what anyway? There are drugstores selling addictive poisons on every corner and people just call that business. I’m so sorry for all those suffering out there. But like John Morgan has said, the fight is not over. The fight has just begun.
commented 2014-11-05 14:13:22 -0500 · Flag
Thank you John Morgan and all the volunteers who worked so hard for this. It’s not over… The 58% have spoken and we need to continue to push an even better bill through the Legislature THIS session! Let’s include home growing… Heck, maybe the Feds will end prohibition and it’ll all just be a moot point! In the meantime, I wonder how much of an exodus of people will leave the State for States where they are not criminals for using a natural plant?!!!
commented 2014-11-05 14:00:09 -0500 · Flag
this breaks my Heart
How can anyone live with themselves if they voted NO. I am terminally ill & have been told there is a law on the book to allow me to have Cannabis now??? Then why can I not have my card & Cannabis. I was told I have many illnesses(7) that qualify me for medical Cannabis plus there is no alternative medicine for me, but no One will help me get a card or the Cannabis. My life depends on it & I do not understand. Please, others are receiving it because of JENKS V. STATE-582 SO.2D 676 I am in the computer with, United for Care. Please, I want my Cannabis & a better quality of life now
commented 2014-11-05 13:50:47 -0500 · Flag
Florida is a brute. Plain and simple. They made it nearly impossible for us to get Amendment 2 passed. 60% of the vote? Really? Who does that? Florida. That is why it will be a bit of a fight for us to get our rights back. A right for compassion and comfort when life throws you a curve ball and every other medication is a swing and a miss. This vote for Amendment 2 on 11/04/2014 was not a victory in the eyes of the opposition, but a major battle dominated in our favor in the war for our rights and freedoms. It is now written in the history books that we have strength in numbers. Our voices are louder than those who want us to live in pain. So please, do not be discouraged. Take this as our next step towards victory. Spread the word. Sweep away the non-sense and scare tactics of those who make money from keeping prohibition active. If we stick together and stand up for our rights, I guarantee that we will emerge victorious.
commented 2014-11-05 13:09:50 -0500 · Flag
We may have lost in the election, but we have won in the polls. 57% proves that many voters do believe we need a Medical Marijuana law in Florida. Now its on to Tallahassee.
commented 2014-11-05 13:01:30 -0500 · Flag
It does suck!!! They just took away a medicine that does nothing but good because the thought we wouldn’t be responsible with it by letting our kids have some!!! It really pisses me off because I hate the way seizure meds make you feel and I started using for pain and seizures both and it works so well. I guess I’ll keep buying from the drug dealers and have to wonder what it might have in it !!
commented 2014-11-05 12:59:34 -0500 · Flag
I am so very sad about this. It really breaks my heart this did not pass. We need this to pass as an amendment not through bad legislation through the state of Florida. The state of Florida will not allow everyone will medical conditions to use it. We need to get this back on the ballot and get everyone to the polls. We need to hand absentee ballots to people while knocking on doors. We need to make this a state wide effort. We HAVE to pass this in 2016! I believe we will have a way better turn out in 2016, so we need to start preparing NOW and be ready to make a stand and put an end to the LIES! We the people have spoken. My family and I would like to thank Mr. Morgan and all of the volunteers and Mr. Pollara for everything that has been done to get this far. We have hope for the future and we will be waiting for the next steps on how to proceed forward. Thanks again to everyone!
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