John Morgan and Sheriff Grady Judd to Debate Medical Marijuana Tonight

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The battle royal over medical marijuana is going down tonight.

And by "battle royal," we mean a debate between the heads of the two opposing sides.

John Morgan, the Orland-based attorney and medical marijuana advocate who has poured millions of his own money into getting Amendment 2 passed, will be debating the head of the Florida Sheriff's Association, Sheriff Grady Judd, tonight in Lakeland.

The debate pits Morgan, who heads United for Care, and Judd, sheriff of Polk County and president of the largest opposition to Amendment 2.

Morgan, whose father and brother had suffered from cancer and injuries and found relief in marijuana for medicinal purposes, has donated almost $4 million of his own money to push legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

Morgan's brother, Tim, suffered a spinal injury. Confined to a wheelchair and dealing with the many physical pains and ailments that come with his impairment, Tim uses medical cannabis for relief.

"As soon as I smoked that Afghani, it was instantaneous release," he told New Times back in July. "It was like taking a shot of tequila -- that warm feeling -- and it just relaxed everything down through my legs."

Meanwhile, Judd and his group have tied to spread the message that, while Amendment 2 may have good intentions, it is fraught with loopholes that will lead to weed basically being legal to be purchased by just about anyone -- even those without serious ailments.

Back in April, the Florida Sheriff's Association launched a staunch anti-Amendment 2 campaign called "Don't Let Florida Go to Pot" to derail and end the run to get medical marijuana legalized in Florida. It also created an offshoot group called Drug Free Florida and has gotten heavy-hitting donors to join its anti-weed crusade.

"A vote for Amendment 2 is a vote for legalizing marijuana forever in the state of Florida," Florida Sheriffs Association president Sheriff Grady Judd says in his appearance in a video the group released in May.

"If there was any doubt, the Florida Supreme Court has already ruled that the amendment will only be used in cases of debilitating illness," United for Care's campaign manager, Ben Pollara, told New Times in response to Judd's claims. "The purpose of the amendment is to allow the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician."

Just last month, Judd's group made waves after it posted a photo on its Facebook page claiming that, once the law gets lenient on marijuana, pot cookies will be used as a date rape drug.

The Florida Sheriff's Association and the Don't Let Florida Go to Pot are also heavily financially backed, more so than United for Care.

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson got things rolling for the anti-medical weed movement with an initial $2.5 million donation. Republican fundraiser Mel Sembler is also backing the group financially.

But the vote will ultimately go to the people of Florida, who, if the majority of the polls are to be believed, heavily back the legalization of medical marijuana.

Now Morgan and Judd will be able to try to sway those who are still on the fence.

The debate will begin at 6 p.m. and be held in the auditorium of the Harrison School for the Arts in Lakeland.

You can watch the debate on Polk Government TV, where it will be streamed live.

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jose257
jose257

Marijuana already was legalized forever when Prohibition II was created.  These perverted sheriffs are upset that they will no longer be able to finger vaginas and rectums looking for pot. 


barbarapmoore
barbarapmoore

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caliboss3333
caliboss3333

the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy...#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed...marijuana domination 2014

"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD = Can't Be Done), sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade

Deaths by Guns: Millions

Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions

Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom

love and freedom forever

AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

hempstaff
hempstaff topcommenter

"Morgan said doctors can be trusted to do the right thing and there are many strains of cannabis which can be used to treat a range of ailments. " -  THAT SUMS IT UP!


VOTE YES on #2!

scientist
scientist

The legalization of marijuana is a moral issue.

Its incredibly safe, fights cancer six ways, and is 20-50 times more effective an anti-inflammatory than aspirin.


It was made illegal by a propaganda campaign by a guy named harry anslinger who was a vicious bigot who played off people's fears of blacks, Hispanics, and people who played a "subversive" new music called "Jazz"


Helping him was William Randolph Hearst Sr. --- the guy who brought America the Spanish American war, who didn't want hemp to compete with his lumber interests -- which made the paper sold to his newspaper empire.


There's a betting pool on the Nobel prize for medicine and Manuel Guzman and Rafeal Melacham (sp?) are two of the most popular bets --- look them up -- you'll see why.


I'm a scientist and engineer with a side interest in cancer research. I'm Jewish and we get a lot of cancer -- so this is personal for me.


Plus, I'm a big believer in the saying that "he who saves a single life saves the whole world" and a thing called "Tikkun Olam" --- that its everyone's responsibility to help heal the world.


Marijuana is a gift from God to man.


The more you know about what happening in medical marijuana research, the more you'll feel the same way I do.


Its immoral to leave marijuana illegal -- its one of the most pressing moral issues of our time.


thomasjeffjohnson
thomasjeffjohnson

Hey Gavin, I heard YOUR mother makes $70 per hour on the laptop too!  Unfortunately for her, bestiality is illegal in most states....

gavinbeaneyinu
gavinbeaneyinu

my buddy's mother makes $70 hourly on the laptop . She has been without work for 7 months but last month her paycheck was $14271 just working on the laptop for a few hours. visit their website........


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gavinbeaneyinu
gavinbeaneyinu

my buddy's ex-wife makes $70 /hr on the internet . She has been fired for 10 months but last month her pay was $16469 just working on the internet for a few hours. published here.......


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kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@cristina580 You are a lying sack of hog balls.  Nothing in amendment 2 calls for 'unregulated pot shops'.

kevin_hunt
kevin_hunt topcommenter

@cristina580  You are a lying sack of hog balls.  Nothing in amendment 2 calls for 'unregulated pot shops'.


Why Is Sheldon Adelson Opposing Medical Marijuana?

By: NANCY SMITH | 


“When you're the eighth richest man on the planet, promoting casinos out of one side of your mouth and opposing drugs out of the other is neither irony nor hypocrisy -- it's eccentricity.


Still, how strange to see Sheldon Adelson of Nevada, chief executive of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., sink $2.5 million into fighting Amendment 2, of all things, a Florida ballot issue looking to legalize medical marijuana.


Stranger still when you realize Adelson's own medical research organization, the Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation, produced a study in December showing that medical marijuana has the potential to help those suffering from multiple sclerosis.


For example, he's all about casino gambling -- the Las Vegas Sands Corp. is the parent company of Venetian Macao Limited, which operates The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. Yet, he puts up a fierce fight against Internet gambling on moral and ethical grounds.


Source: Sunshine State News


knowa1
knowa1 topcommenter

@gavinbeaneyinu can you people just go away.  Does anybody know if its will be recorded 

thomasjeffjohnson
thomasjeffjohnson

@gavinbeaneyinu Seems like your buddy's mom and ex-wife are happy as can be!  Why aren't YOU making that kind of money?  Oh, cause you're full of Sh(*&*&!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@kevin_hunt <== prohibitionist puke who supports GOVERNMENT controlled, Overtaxed, Overpriced marijuana produced and sold only by Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels, while individuals still suffer FELONY criminal penalties for same.



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