We're not stopping the fight for medical marijuana.

3,370,761 people - almost 58% voted for medical marijuana in Florida. This total - half a million more than Gov. Rick Scott and almost 900k more than voted “no” - is clear proof that the people of Florida want a medical marijuana law.

Let's be clear: the ONLY reason medical marijuana didn't pass in November is because one of the richest men in the world funded over $5 million dollars worth of false and misleading advertising on TV, Radio and the Internet, and we simply did not have enough resources to counter the lies with facts in enough time. Despite being outspent on advertising 3 to 1, we still wound up with one of the highest percentages of support for medical marijuana ever seen in the country.

Sadly, it was not enough - but 2016 promises greater turnout, more time to explain what the Amendment does and doesn't do, and a head start of almost 3.4 million supporters.

We are going to pass a medical marijuana law in Florida by the end of 2016. It will happen one of two ways: legislative action or another constitutional amendment.

LEGISLATIVE ACTION:

Legislatively, Florida for Care is working to draft and lobby for acceptable medical marijuana legislation - and there are small signs of progress. This work will continue and ramp up as we get closer to the legislative session in the early Spring.

Legislators should take heed of the election results. However, realistically, we are skeptical. Many of the same legislators in control worked actively against medical marijuana in the past and were opposed to Amendment 2.

A NEW CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PUSH

While we hope legislators will pass an acceptable bill - we can't rely on that, and we are swiftly mobilizing a new petition push to get medical marijuana back on the ballot in 2016.

This new push should be easier in many ways. In 2014, we launched the petition only months prior to the deadline, and really were only were able to kick it into high gear in the last two months. This time we will have 12 to 13 months to get signatures, and the benefit of massive amounts of exposure and momentum from the 2014 election. This momentum will create a lot of cost savings, as well. While we spent $4 million to get it on the ballot in 2014, we expect 2016 to be significantly less expensive - and allow us to budget a lot more for statewide advertising.

Likewise, we will have that much more time to talk to voters and correct the falsehoods that their advertising blitz conveyed. We know from our post-election research that the more people saw our ads, the more likely they were to vote for Amendment 2. Many people were misled by their scare tactics, and will learn that those “loopholes” they were told about weren't actually real.

Furthermore, the presidential election in 2016 will drive even more voters to the polls, and arguably, a stronger and more engaged electorate than were interested in the governors race. We believe this broader swath of the public will be way more likely to pass medical marijuana, despite what we expect will be a new round of well-funded lies coming out of the other side.

PLEASE PAY ATTENTION - THE NEW PETITION WILL LAUNCH VERY SOON.

We expect to have the 2016 petition ready to launch in a few weeks or so. As soon as we do, you'll be the first to know, and we'll need your help in mobilizing this fight.

If you want to help us, please forward this to your friends. You can also support the 2016 petition mobilization effort by making an early donation to United for Care here.

We will not stop until the patients of Florida get access to the medicine we know will help them.

Thank you for your continued support.

- Ben Pollara

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commented 2015-02-23 19:06:29 -0500 · Flag
LEGALIZATION IS FREE!!!!!!!!!! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

LEGALIZATION makes MEDICAL MARIJUANA and the DRUG WAR MOOT!!! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

LEGALIZATION IS A GIGANTIC WINDFALL TAX CUT!!! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

LEGALIZATION IS SELF IMPLEMENTING AND INSTANTANEOUS!!!! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

LEGALIZATION STOPS ALL FEEDS TO BIG BROTHER FROM STATE AGENCIES, INSTANTLY!!!! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

LEGALIZATION MAKES MJ SCHEDULE 0 – SAME AS ALCOHOL & TOBACCOMAKES PERFECT SENSE!!!

HOLD OUT FOR LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE! – MAKES PERFECT SENSE!

DON’T SIGN THISFOOL ME ONCEINITIATIVEMAKES PERFECT SENSE!

Thom Bombastus
commented 2015-01-18 14:59:30 -0500 · Flag
One other thing….please stop referring to Medical Cannabis as WEED!!! Calling this medicinal herb a “WEED” immediately drops its validity as a lifesaving medication into the SEWER of 1960s Cheech and Chong terminology and allows our enemies to further play on the fears of the “uninformed”. You have to be pretty stupid by now to be that “uninformed” but, there are ignorants in Florida as elsewhere who are either too lazy or illiterate as was shown in last year’s joke of an election!
commented 2015-01-18 14:53:34 -0500 · Flag
Yeah, all we have to do is sign petitions and ohhh sure, you want us to “help” with sign ups and other passive sitting on our thumbs kinds of things….yes? In the meanwhile, we are being inundated by the HUGE numbers we scored in last year’s abortion of an election such as ohhh, we achieved 58% of the vote FOR the Amendment (Which was far HIGHER than any other State’s)….that we got 500k more votes than Scott and even bigger HERE, we scored over 900k more votes than the mouth breathers did for the VOTE NO side and on and on and on…..do I have this right so far?? Then there are the excuses that we were “outspent”, “the VOTE NO voters” believed the filthy lies put out by BIG PHARMA, BIG TOBACCO AND BIG ALCOHOL and that there are ANTI-AMENDMENT 2 politicians in Tallahassee for the most part blocking any introduction of a Compassionate Policy regarding Medicinal Cannabis….so far so good?? Well, with SO MANY OF US, why can’t we make those numbers felt in the meanwhile? I personally am BOYCOTTING Publix Supermarkets and PHARMACY since the Jenkins Family that owns it gave heavily to the VOTE NO side….if there are so many of us, WHY are these corrupt and cowardly politicians still in office? As far as I know the only reason for this is that WE don’t use these HUGE numbers to make us, the sick, disabled, dying and our Families and LOVED ONES a force to be paid attention to OUTSIDE of the occasional election as happened last November. For so many of us, this is literally a matter of life and death….as a Massage Therapist in training in Arizona, I worked with individuals who were on Chemo, on Dialysis, severely disabled Veteran Amputees and visibly saw the positive effects for example on the Cancer Victims in that they were able to FINISH their course of treatment and are in remission today! What is wrong with us here?
commented 2015-01-15 12:29:56 -0500 · Flag
MR morgan please consider adding an end to this war against a plant.we all know that .this is wrong on so many different planes.we need to remove weed from the laws in any form.
commented 2015-01-14 12:41:05 -0500 · Flag
I think this is a safe bet as far as the loophole and all, but what is needed is to quickly reach the 700,000 mark and see if the legislature will do something. What I am also looking for is one for legalization to promote along with medical, if they will sign one the will sign both. Ending prohibition is the single most important moral issue today.
commented 2015-01-13 11:28:00 -0500 · Flag
Read this and get onboarde
commented 2015-01-10 08:29:16 -0500 · Flag
Why cant I find this proposal anywhere online? Only on news pages. I wont sign anything until I read whats being proposed
commented 2015-01-09 13:17:20 -0500 · Flag
Just like so many others are posting, we need a provision which allows us to grow our own.
commented 2015-01-09 08:11:55 -0500 · Flag
I will vote yes however I do not support this bill.
commented 2015-01-09 01:17:23 -0500 · Flag
Not being able to grow will cause major price gouging by the dispensary’s, no insurance will pay for this so the patient is stuck with the bill. This really makes me sad it makes me wonder who’s side are guys really on…
commented 2015-01-09 01:05:33 -0500 · Flag
Big mistake not to allow grow your own..
commented 2015-01-08 21:19:29 -0500 · Flag
The only consolation to the 2014 defeat was the hope that 2016 would include home cultivation. Several states will fully legalize in 2016 and you’re too afraid to give cancer patients growing rights in Florida
commented 2015-01-08 21:15:37 -0500 · Flag
Why wont you include our right to grow Morgan. I might actually vote no this time. Sso disappointed
commented 2015-01-08 19:30:58 -0500 · Flag
WTF
Real reform allows patients to grow their own.
This smells like just same old politics.
This will pass.. Put some teeth into it this time!!
commented 2015-01-02 11:38:27 -0500 · Flag
Looks like Mississippi has the green light for signature gathering on I.B 48.
http://nebula.wsimg.com/5e3c6be9096267ea9913b42828a83a5b?AccessKeyId=F38202C0F27D71E15495&disposition=0&alloworigin=1

We shall see how much of the population wants to end prohibition. As stated below. If this bill passed, looks like I will be moving. :(
commented 2014-12-26 22:39:26 -0500 · Flag
Thanks so much for the helpful info. I will be helping the movement sign the petition and get everybody that I can to sign it. We got this Florida have faith in cannabis.
commented 2014-12-21 15:42:17 -0500 · Flag
No more restrictions, this bill is going to be another monolopy like the charlottes web bill only the good old boys can grow, this is not what we want….
commented 2014-12-20 19:03:15 -0500 · Flag
Now that the Florida legislature and the Florida governor signed into law the Charlottes web law, low thc marijuana, marijuana no longer fits Schedule I. A schedule I substance can have no medical use in the United States. Clearly it does as Florida and 30 odd states say it does.have medical use. Florida has to get it scheduling right and along with the other states force the feds to remove it from their schedule I . This is another angle of attack against the unjust marijuana laws.
commented 2014-12-19 17:55:17 -0500 · Flag
LET US GROW!!!!!!!!
commented 2014-12-18 11:08:25 -0500 · Flag
I’m afraid if we go medical only, we may loose people to Mississippi if they pass full legalization. I live in Pensacola and would be definitely willing to relocate to Mississippi if they pass full legalization. I have already begun research on housing and jobs in the Pascagoula area. A Florida native, fourth generation pensacolian, I hate to leave my great state behind. However, I just want to be treated fairly.
commented 2014-12-15 08:47:09 -0500 · Flag
I don’t think we need to worry about the loop hole people so much, If it is not full legalization. I don’t think we should be only limiting it to debilitating conditions I think we need to address preventive health benefits of cannabis. The other aspect is our natural law right to treat our self and the right to grow the amount of medicine needed. Also while I am at it, next time no one should debate any off duty police officer in uniform, if he is not representing a police department. It is against the law and give them the influence of the uniform. The Sheriff association is not the sheriff department.
commented 2014-12-14 20:36:04 -0500 · Flag
It’s about time this law is passed! People will now be able to use something that is none addictive as opposed to the much more addictive drugs that doctors are forced to prescribe. like Oxy cottons to relieve there ailments. it’s a much wiser and safer alternative. I for one am all for this measure. Screw the drug companies for lobbying against these bills all in the name of greed……..
commented 2014-11-27 20:42:13 -0500 · Flag
Drew-
I would love to see the Cathy Jordan Act be approved through legislative action.

My response below is to new petition that United for Care is coming out with. From what I am reading this one is more restrictive then the last. It Is meant to close some of the “loop holes” and so on that were the talking points against the last one.

I think it’s going to be hard to get support from the masses that want access to cannabis that way. What I was hearing in November was “there’s nothing in it for me” and " I don’t think it goes far enough ." This is going the opposite direction from the statements I am seeing. There is more support for less restrictive measure at this point. Support for a more restrictive measure is going to be hard to get people other then Grady excited about.
commented 2014-11-27 12:08:37 -0500 · Flag
The Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act is available, has patient/caregiver grow protection and includes how to easily regulate via DBPR already in place…It WILL BE reintroduced this next session and we should get co-sponsor for this excellent Bill, rather than reinventing the wheel. It just requires patients and their families to show up in front of their Reps and Senators and tell them exactly how cannabis helps their medical conditions….
commented 2014-11-26 22:59:12 -0500 · Flag
More restrictive wording will make the prohibition people happy but is going to make it hard to pass people that want full legal are going to find it hard to back a more restrictive measure.
Recreational , industrial hemp, and medical wrapped into one measure would excite the base and the youth vote.
commented 2014-11-26 13:00:13 -0500 · Flag
If we went to Legalize Marijuana it would have passed. People saw it for what it was A MONOPOLY. iF EVERYONE CAN’T GROW IT, Then NO one will , I’m pretty sure is what people were telling you.
commented 2014-11-25 21:30:01 -0500 · Flag
*brings us
commented 2014-11-25 21:28:29 -0500 · Flag
In an ideal world John Morgan reads these comments and brings as a medical marijuana constitutional amendment with cultivation rights and a recreational adult initiative that isn’t a constitutional amendment subject to the supermajority threshold. 50.01% winning via simple majority rules
commented 2014-11-25 21:11:52 -0500 · Flag
If we had a second measure as a recreational use measure it would have to be a regular voter initiated law. The 60 percent threshold for a constitutional amendment for medical use even with home cultivation rights is definitely feasible in 2016. Recreational use for twenty one yr olds i can see getting 51%
commented 2014-11-25 17:59:55 -0500 · Flag
I think we need two Amendments going on at the same time one for medical and a second for legalization with commercial taxation and a medical tax exemption and home grows. Recreational is ten time the medical market with a Big tax bonanza. We also need to remove Law enforce from a victim less adult activity with the exception of DUI and Youth temperance violation to be a different regulatory agency. And lets face it our Chines Casino owner the odds are he will be dead along with about twenty percent of the No vote. Lets get this going I still have 5,000 e-mail address and its not hard to get more, I cant see wasting time in Tallahassee we have two years, let do it.
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