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Florida Lawmakers Pass Medical Marijuana Implementation Measure

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Members of the House and Senate have approved legislation to implement November’s successful Amendment 2 – a voter-initiated constitutional amendment regulating the use of medical cannabis.

Republican Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to sign the bill into law.

Lawmakers passed the measure on the final day of Florida’s special legislative session.

The measure prohibits patients from inhaling herbal preparations of cannabis, among other restrictions that proponents say violate the initiative’s original intent.

One the measure’s key backers, Orlando attorney John Morgan has said that he intends to sue the state over the proposed changes.

Under the law, patients diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis – or who suffer from chronic pain related to any of these diseases – are eligible to receive a 70-day supply of cannabis-infused oils or edible products from a limited number of state-licensed dispensing facilities.

Florida’s medical access law must be operational by October.

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Florida Attorney Plans Lawsuit to Allow for Smoking of Medical Cannabis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature’s passage of a bill to enact the state’s constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-cannabis supporters say it doesn’t go far enough.

Once Gov. Rick Scott signs the bill, the principal backer of getting the amendment on last year’s ballot said he intends to sue over the law’s ban on smoking. Morgan has been steadfast in saying that the 71 percent who voted for the amendment expected smoking as one of the ways to consume cannabis.

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“I don’t know why they would object to anyone on their death bed wanting to use what they wanted to relieve pain and suffering,” John Morgan said in a phone interview with The Associated Press on Friday night. “If they were really concerned about smoking, why don’t they heavily tax cigarettes?”

Morgan said he plans to file the suit in Leon County and has enlisted constitutional law expert John Mills, the dean emeritus of the University of Florida’s Levin School of Law, to help in the coming legal battle.

Senate Democrats made a last-ditch attempt to get smoking added, citing that nearly 90 percent of people who use it smoke it, but it was voted down.

The legislation passed Friday allows patients who suffer chronic pain related to 10 qualifying conditions to receive either low-THC cannabis or full-strength medical marijuana.

The bill sponsors in both chambers have said there aren’t any scientific studies to show that smoking marijuana is more effective than other ways of ingesting the drug.

State Sen. Rob Bradley said during special session that if he spent his time responding to Morgan’s statements and tweets “then I’d be a congressman dealing with Trump.”

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Rep. Ray Rodrigues said that “If he wants to sue us, that it is his prerogative. I am confident it can be defended in front of a judge.”

Vaping is allowed in the bill, but Rodrigues and Bradley could repeatedly not answer what the difference is between smoking and vaping.

Morgan, nonetheless, said he was pleased to see the Legislature pass a bill, instead of the rules-making process being left solely up to the Department of Health. But he said that in the end, the bill came down to special interests and not patients.

“At the very end we saw what most of the Legislature was about which was profits and not patient care or access,” he said.

Morgan though did laud House Speaker Richard Corcoran for advocating for a special session and for negotiating to craft a deal. Morgan called Corcoran the real winner of the session and said he will hold a fund-raiser for Corcoran next week in Orlando.

Besides smoking, one or more of the seven currently licensed distributing organizations could challenge the caps of 25 retail dispensary locations per licensee. The caps are due to sunset in 2020 and more can be added per 100,000 patients added to the medical marijuana registry.

According to the Department of Health, the state registry now has 16,614 patients. A recent state revenue impact study projects that by 2022 there will be 472,000 medical cannabis patients and $542 million in sales.

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Florida Governor: ‘I Absolutely Will Sign’ Medical Marijuana Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott said he “absolutely” intends to sign the medical marijuana bill passed Friday by the state Legislature.

After the original legislation fell apart on the final day of the regular session last month, the chambers approved the bill during the final day of the special session. The House passed it 103-9 before the Senate voted 29-6.

The amendment, which was passed by 71 percent of voters in November, states that laws must be in place by July 3 and enacted by October. Scott should be able to sign the bill ahead of the first deadline.

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“They worked hard to get a bill that made sense. I think, in anything like this, there’s a process on how to make things better,” Scott said.

The legislation allows patients who suffer chronic pain related to 10 qualifying conditions to receive either low-THC cannabis or full-strength medical marijuana. THC is the compound that gives marijuana users a high.

“Both sides did compromise, and we both got a deal we could live with that is very good policy,” said Rep. Ray Rodrigues, who was the House’s point person on the bill.

However, supporters were not happy that the bill still bans smoking despite amendment supporters saying it is already written into the language. Sen. Jeff Clemens said that when 90 percent of patients access a product one way and the state does not allow that, then they are not instituting the will of the voters.

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Orlando attorney John Morgan, who played a key role in getting the amendment on the ballot and passed, said he intends to sue the state for not allowing smoking.

Ben Pollara, the executive director of Florida for Care, said he was pleased that the Legislature was able to come to an agreement and not leave rulemaking up to the Department of Health.

“The Legislature did their jobs today, providing good patient access to hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering Floridians,” he said. “This bill isn’t perfect, but it’s a major step forward for patient access.”

Both chambers reached agreement Wednesday that there would be a cap of 25 dispensaries per medical marijuana treatment center and that there wouldn’t be a sales tax. There will also be 10 new growers approved by October, adding to the seven already in existence.

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Two of the current growers had differing views about the caps. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said they are reviewing the bill before determining their next steps. Jake Bergmann, the founder and CEO of Surterra, said his company was fine with the structure.

“There is a way to grow as the patients grow (four new dispensaries per 100,000 patients). If you have something that grows as patient access grows, it is pretty smart,” he said.

According to the Department of Health, the state registry now has 16,614 patients. A recent state revenue impact study projects that by 2022 there will be 472,000 medical cannabis patients and $542 million in sales.

Sen. Rob Bradley, who has been the Senate’s main negotiator on all three bills since 2014, said he foresees medical marijuana being dealt with yearly in the Legislature the same way as alcohol.

The fact that the primary disagreements were over money and placing limits on competition was troubling to Sen. Jeff Brandes, who advocated for more competition.

“People are just deeply frustrated. I think that is why you are seeing the Senate capitulate,” Brandes said. “I think we could have done a lot better than what is here. We’re setting ourselves up for the next 30 years to be fighting little battles.”

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10 Things to Know About Florida’s Medical Marijuana Bill

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Legislature on Friday finally approved a bill establishing a framework for the state’s constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana. The amendment, approved by 71 percent of voters in November, states that laws must be in place by July 3 and enacted three months later.

Here are some highlights:

Conditions Covered

Epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms, cancer and terminal conditions were allowed under bills passed in 2014 and 2016. The amendment now includes HIV and AIDS, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions.

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Patients & Caregivers

Patients and caregivers must be 21 and over. If a patient is a minor, a caregiver must be certified. Both must also receive an identification card. Advocates still would like to see caregivers not subject to penalties if they have to administer marijuana in the case of an emergency.

No Smoking

Smoking medical marijuana remains prohibited despite public demand. John Morgan, the driving force behind getting the amendment on the ballot last year and passed, said the only place where smoking is banned is in public places and intends to sue.

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Products

Besides vaping, medical marijuana products can be sold as edibles (as long as it is a food product and does not market or appeal to children), oils, sprays or tinctures. Vaping cartridges, especially whole-flower products, must be in a tamper-proof container.

Patient Supplies

Patients may receive an order for three 70-day supplies before having to visit a doctor again to get re-examined. A physician must recertify a patient at least once every 30 weeks instead of once every 90 days.

No Waiting Period

The requirement that a patient be in the care of a certified doctor for 90 days has been removed. The waiting period, which was a part of the last two bills signed by Gov. Rick Scott, came under more scrutiny when cannabis was extended last year to terminal patients. Also, the certification course for doctors has been reduced from eight hours to two.

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Snowbirds Welcome

Seasonal residents –those who reside in Florida at least 31 straight days each year, maintain temporary residence and are registered to vote or pay income tax in another state– will be eligible to receive medical marijuana.

More Treatment Centers

There will be 10 additional medical marijuana treatment centers by October. Five will be awarded by August 1 to nurseries that were narrowly defeated when the original distributors were selected in December 2015. Of the other five that will be awarded by October, one will go to a group of black farmers with citrus growers given preference to two others. By the end of the year there could be as many as 19 treatment centers.

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Instead of a nursery needing to be in business for 30 years, any Florida business that has been operating five or more years and has a medical director on staff can file an application.

Growing Market

There is a cap of 25 retail facilities per medical marijuana treatment center but it allows for four more shops per 100,000 patients with that cap subject to expire in 2020. Four more centers will be licensed per 100,000 patients. The state forecasts 472,000 patients in five years.


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Seminole Leader Jim Billie Joins Florida Cannabis Rush

A potentially landmark partnership between a cannabis advisory firm and a business owned by former Seminole Tribe chairman Jim Billie is looking to lead the way for tribes hoping to get into cannabis-related industries.

Billie and Electrum Partners see a future industry ‘bigger than bingo.’

On Tuesday, Nevada-based Electrum Partners announced a partnership with MCW, a company owned by Billie, the longtime Seminole leader who lost his official tribal position in October 2016.  The Seminoles, one of the most well-known names in Indian Country, currently own and run five Seminole Casinos in addition to two Hard Rock Hotel & Casino facilities in Florida.

In announcing the deal, the two partners said they aim to use the business edge of tribal sovereignty to create an industry “bigger than bingo.”

Adapting blueprints from the billion-dollar Native American gaming industry, the two companies believe this is “just the beginning” of what could be an important tool for expanding legalized cannabis in America—especially in states with restrictive regulations.

“As the fastest growing industry in the United States, with estimated value in the tens of billions, we are bringing the benefits of our tribal sovereignty to the cannabis industry,” said Billie. “And the cannabis industry leadership is partnering with us to enable the next huge economic development opportunity for the Native American Community.”

Longtime Seminole leader Jim Billie.Longtime Seminole leader Jim Billie.

Those benefits include the freedom from federal tax obligations, and the ability to work around limiting licensing practices. According to Electrum president Leslie Bocskor, that give tribes an edge to develop business ventures in any state that has a regulated cannabis industry. In states with established markets, Bocskor said tribes and their partners will gain an “almost unfair advantage” due to the lack of tax obligations, and that those conditions will be passed on to business partners beyond the sponsoring tribe.

“How do you compete with somebody that is essentially paying 60 percent less for their product than you are?” Bocskor said. “You can split that 60 percent between the tribe and the operator that partners with them. It’s an incredible, incredible tool.”

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Room for Movement in MMJ States

In other states like New York, which only currently licenses five companies for regulated distribution, Bocskor said this sort of partnership would go beyond simply offering tax advantages. It would open the door for a increased development and competition in state-regulated cannabis markets.

In states with limited licenses, ‘Native Americans can establish a presence in the industry.’

Leslie Bocskor, Electrum Partners

“In the states that have limited licenses, in any fashion, that means that Native Americans can establish a presence in the industry in that state,” he said. “So now that means Native Americans can find partners that are the very best-of-the-best and want to be in those jurisdictions.”

With the help of MCW, and the leadership of Billie, the partnership has a chance to be the first of its kind to find a footing in the cannabis industry. And when it comes to paving the way for new Native American industries, Billie brings a storied history of setting legal standards and paving the way for the economic development of tribes.

The passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988 eventually led to a dispute between the Seminole Tribe and the state of Florida, with Billie spearheading the effort to have the case heard by the United States Supreme Court. The court found in favor of the tribe’s right to apply sovereignty to gaming operations. Thanks to that decision, the tribal gaming industry has grown into a $27 billion industry, or more than twice the annual revenue of the National Football League.

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Hard Rock International

In 2007, the Seminole tribe further established itself as an industry leader when it acquired the Hard Rock International brand. Billie is now looking to make cannabis the next “game changer” through his partnership with Electrum.

“That’s why when chairman/president Billie said it’s “bigger than Bingo,” most people don’t know what that means,” Bocskor said. ““The only reason that exists is because of what president Billie did… That precedent is what allowed the creation and the birth of gaming industry on the national basis, and those precedents set the basis for doing this.”

“It’ll probably be the biggest economic development opportunity for a Native American community that we’ve ever seen.”

This partnership, like other Native American led cannabis initiatives, will seek to put into practice the guidelines of the Wilkinson Memo, which applied previously suggested guidelines for regulating legalized cannabis to Indian Country. But unlike other proposed partnerships between tribes and cannabis professionals, Bocskor said this partnership will only work on projects within states that have regulated cannabis industries, and that all parties involved will “meet and exceed” regulations to keep from causing any turbulence with state and federal authorities.

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Looking at Hemp, Too

The versatility of the cannabis industry is also another factor that Bocskor believes this partnership can have such an impact. Although medical cannabis projects are not part of the project scope at this point, Bocskor said he wants tribes to have access to the resources and education to explore all opportunities.

That includes one unique area of growth that Bocskor is interested in exploring: industrial hemp.

With the literal and operational functionality of hemp-based products, many in the industry see hemp as a possible replacement for paper and carbon-based plastics. Bocskor said that tribes with the land to explore industrial hemp operations can not only generate significant revenue, but they can also play a significant role in helping the environment.

“Potentially, you could have the largest carbon-negative industry in the world,” Bocskor said, “and we would love to see that interest that we’ve already gotten expand.”


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Florida Medical Marijuana Legislation Still Stagnating in Legislature

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Simmering frustration with the Florida Legislature’s inability to agree on a framework for the state’s constitutional amendment expanding medical marijuana could build if it’s not addressed at this week’s special session.

Gov. Rick Scott called the session that begins Wednesday because of an ongoing feud over the state budget. Although observers expected medical marijuana to be added to the agenda, lawmakers continue to disagree over key elements: how many retail dispensaries a treatment center could open and whether cannabis would be subject to sales tax.

“I’m surprised it is not on the agenda. I think it will eventually get addressed because people will be angry if they don’t,” said Ben Pollara, executive director of Florida for Care, an organization that advocates for medical marijuana.

If legislators don’t agree on a plan, it would be up to the Department of Health to set the rules.

The amendment, which was passed by 71 percent of voters in November, expands legal use beyond the limited prescriptions for low-strength marijuana allowed under a 2014 law. It also would expand the eligible ailments beyond the current list of cancer, epilepsy and chronic muscle spasms to include HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions.

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When the bill implementing the amendment fell apart late in session, the Senate wanted to limit each treatment center to 15 locations; the House wanted no caps and no sales tax.

Those issues mean little to the 14,700 patients on the state registry like Michael Bowen, who has epilepsy. The Pensacola native can receive low-THC cannabis under legislation passed in 2014 but would like to be able to use higher-strength medical marijuana and see more product variety than he has now.

“Right now, they are playing with people’s lives,” he said.

Patients and caregivers say the proposed rules remain too restrictive, including not allowing smoking. Training for doctors would drop from eight hours to two but they would still have to stringently document patients’ conditions before prescribing marijuana.

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If nothing gets resolved this week, lawmakers could return for another special session. If legislators don’t agree on a marijuana plan, it would be up to the Department of Health to set the rules.

“Clearly, there are discussions behind the scenes and offers being made. The Legislature recognizes that their constituents would like them to find a resolution,” said Taylor Patrick Biehl, who help runs the Medical Marijuana Business Association of Florida.

Biehl said it would be easier for the Legislature to establish the framework of rules instead of the Department of Health, which went through several rounds of litigation when trying to determine who would be licensed to produce and distribute cannabis.

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Department rules are likely to be even more restrictive based on its draft proposal in February. Patients would likely have a 90-day waiting period to get cannabis after seeing a certified physician. That could mean prolonged legal challenges, especially because it would prohibit smoking.

What everyone does agree about is that time is running out to get a structure in place for an amendment, which requires new laws to be in place by July 3 and enacted by October. A recent state revenue impact study projects that by 2022 there will be 472,000 medical cannabis patients and $542 million in sales.

“There’s that saying about having something done is better than perfect. People are counting on something getting done,” said John Morgan, the architect behind getting the amendment on the ballot and passed.


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Florida Attorney John Morgan Considering $100M Investment in MMJ

One of the biggest supporters of Florida’s successful push to legalize medicinal marijuana last November, Orlando attorney John Morgan, is now considering a $100 million investment in the fledgling industry.

“What better person than me to be involved?”

John Morgan, attorney and legalization advocate

He told the Miami Herald through emails that he intends to invest up to $100 million into “the right opportunities.”

Morgan, who spent nearly $3 million this past election season to help pass Amendment 2, tells the Miami Herald that he’s currently looking for “the right opportunities” to invest in the industry. All told Morgan has injected nearly $7 million combined between two medical cannabis ballot measures in the state.

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In emails with the Herald, Morgan, who’s been mentioned as a possible gubernatorial candidate for 2018, said he’s interested in a stake in a state-licensed dispensary. So far he has yet to invest in any cannabis companies, he told the paper.

“I am prepared to invest significant monies in this industry and I plan to,” he wrote. “I have learned a great deal about the miracles of marijuana over the last five years. And what better person than me to be involved?”

Though cannabis companies have flirted with him in the past, he added, he has yet to pull the trigger.

“I have been approached by many companies here and in the U.S. and have and will continue to consider them,” Morgan wrote, forwarding the Herald a voicemail from an Arkansas businessman to underscore his point.

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Morgan recently had a public falling out with a top campaign organizer over the future of Florida’s medical cannabis system. As lawmakers considered rules for the new industry, Morgan was involved in a debate over whether the state should cap the number of retail shops a licensed distributor can own and operate. Morgan was against setting such limits, while campaign chief Ben Pollara was in favor of them. 


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Florida Halts Sales of New Cannabis Product

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s Department of Health on Monday ordered a Quincy-based dispensary to quit selling a medical cannabis product that could potentially be broken down and made into a substance that can be smoked.

The Department of Health authorized Trulieve to sell sealed vaporizer cups containing marijuana.

Trulieve began selling its first whole-flower cannabis product meant for vaping last week at five retail dispensaries and through home delivery. The buds in the Entourage Multi Indica vaporizer cup, however, could also be used in joints, pipes or bongs.

The Department of Health authorized Trulieve to sell sealed vaporizer cups containing marijuana. However, Office of Compassionate Use Director Christian Bax said in a cease and desist letter to Trulieve that the mesh caps can be removed with minimal effort and cannot be reattached.

Vaping is allowed under state law, but smoking is prohibited. Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said the company had issued warnings to patients that the product should only be used for vaping.

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The department also found in a tour of one of Trulieve’s retail facilities that a vaporizer it advertises for use with the product is sold only online. Trulieve also was not able to show how to use the product with the vaporizer.

Currently, low-THC cannabis can be used by patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms. The law was expanded last year to include patients with terminal conditions. It also allowed them to use more potent strains.

The rules from a medical marijuana constitutional amendment passed last November, which will expand the list of conditions for which patients can receive cannabis, must be in place by July and enacted by October.


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Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills

Florida Lawmakers Fail to Reconcile Medical Marijuana Implementation Bills | NORML

TALLAHASSEE, FL — Lawmakers failed to enact legislation this legislative session establishing rules for the implementation of Amendment 2, a voter-initiated measure legalizing the use, production, and dispensing of medical cannabis. Over 70 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment in November. Unless lawmakers convene a special legislative session to address the issue, Department of Health […]

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Calls Grow for Florida Special Session on Medical Cannabis

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran has joined the growing number of those calling for a special legislative session to finalize rules for implementing the state’s medical marijuana amendment.

Corcoran said Wednesday that discussions have started, and he would like to have it as soon as possible. If a special session isn’t held, the Department of Health would need to come up with rules for Amendment 2 by July 3 and have them implemented by October.

“We’ve had our food fights, now is the time to move forward.”

John Morgan, attorney & MMJ advocate

“To just leave it to bureaucrats sitting over at the Department of Health I think would be a gross injustice,” he said during an interview on Tallahassee radio station WFLA-FM.

The amendment allows higher-strength marijuana to be used for a wider list of medical ailments It was enacted Jan. 3 after 71 percent of voters approved it last November.

Senate President Joe Negron said when the regular session concluded that the Legislature has a responsibility to be involved in implementing the rules.

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Orlando attorney John Morgan, who lobbied for Amendment 2’s passage through the group United for Care, said Tuesday that Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders have an obligation to convene a special session so that they can complete the work.

“Government in Florida is controlled by one party. What you’ve got to understand is medical marijuana is not an issue of party. Diseases don’t pick political parties,” Morgan said in a video . “It was all about money in the end and not about you.”

Scott said through a spokesperson that his office continues to review all options.

The Department of Health continues to review public comments while developing proposed rules. Litigation is expected over whatever rules the department comes up with, based on its rulemaking history. One challenge remains in the state’s Division of Administrative Hearings over the 2015 process of awarding licenses for cannabis cultivation and distribution.

The House and Senate agreed on most of the bill for Amendment 2, but late in session they could not agree on how many retail dispensaries a medical marijuana treatment center could operate.

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After the bill failed to pass, Morgan voiced his frustration with the process on social media. He later told The Associated Press that he posted the video to get his complete thoughts before the public.

“The video was posted in order to get the focus back on the people and getting something passed,” he said. “We’ve had our food fights, now is the time to move forward. The whole thing is the people who need the marijuana don’t give a damn about the caps.”

Morgan said he liked some parts of the proposed bill, but he would have sued since the bill did not allow for smoking as one of the ways patients could use marijuana. Amendment 2 states that the only place where smoking is not allowed is public spaces.

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He also had some concerns about the definitions of chronic pain. The bill would have allowed those who suffer chronic pain related to one of 10 qualifying conditions to receive either low-THC cannabis or full strength medical marijuana.

Currently, low-THC and non-smoked cannabis can be used by patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, chronic seizures and chronic muscle spasms. The law was expanded last year to include patients with terminal conditions. It also allowed them to use more potent strains.


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