Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi is contesting a proposed ballot initiative for a medical marijuana constitutional amendment and has asked the Florida Supreme Court for an opinion.
Bondi contends the proposal from People United for Medical Marijuana, a group led by high-profile attorney John Morgan, is misleading the public and is presented in a way that does not convey its “true meaning and ramifications.”
Bondi is required by law to send a ballot initiative to the state Supreme Court for review within 30 days after it’s submitted to her office.
The proposal, she wrote in a letter filed today to the court, implies that the amendment would allow medical marijuana in narrow, defined circumstances and only for patients for “debilitating diseases. But Bondi says that if the amendment passes, “Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations.”
She also writes that the amendment would call for the legal use of medical marijuana even though federal law still prohibits it.
Morgan argues that if the state legalized medical marijuana, the governor and legislature would still oversee licensing and regulations.
He said the proposal, being circulated in a statewide petition drive, includes language the public wants.
“They don’t want California,” said Morgan, whose face appears in ubiquitous advertising for his law firm, Morgan & Morgan. “They want medical doctors (to prescribe medical marijuana) and they want alternatives to pill mills” and painkillers that cause thousands of deaths, he said.