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Analyzing the politics behind John Morgan's suit against Florida

Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 14:47:36-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan has followed through on threats to sue the state over lawmakers' ban on smoking in a new law implementing a constitutional amendment that legalized medical marijuana.

Morgan, who largely bankrolled the ballot initiative, has repeatedly threatened to launch a legal challenge over the smoking issue, which he maintains was permitted in the amendment supported by more than 71 percent of Florida voters last fall.

Even so, lawmakers banned smoking of marijuana, but allowed patients to vaporize, or "vape," pot products in a measure approved during a special session last month.

Governor Rick Scott signed the bill, which went into effect last week. Morgan spoke to reporters outside the Leon County Courthouse Thursday morning, after the lawsuit was filed electronically.

"The people of Florida knew exactly what they were voting on, when they voted. When they were voting on it, the vast majority, if not 100 percent, knew that smoke was included," Morgan asserted. "The fact that we are here today is really unnecessary, but here we go."

House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, an estero republican who sponsored the legislation feels if the marijuana is truly medicinal, it should not be smoked.

He says there are no other medicines that are smoked, as one cannot control the dosage when smoking.

Our political contributor, Dr. Ed Moore visited us in studio to talk about Morgan's message, the case, and Morgan's rumored run for Florida Governor.