The Florida Chamber of Commerce Securing Florida's Future
December 05, 2013

Court Justices Question John Morgan-Supported Pot Proposal

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments today regarding whether or not proposed language for a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana could move forward.

Sponsors of the proposed ballot measure, which is being funded by Florida trial lawyer John Morgan, were grilled by Supreme Court Justices who questioned whether it misleads voters about who could get prescriptions and if the amendment makes clear that pot-use still violates federal law.

The Florida Chamber of Commerce believes the medical marijuana ballot initiative flies under false colors and attempts to hide the facts from voters.

“We find it ironic that plaintiff trial lawyer John Morgan, in a political attempt to legalize pot smoking, has proposed granting broad immunity to thousands from civil and criminal liability,” said Florida Chamber President and CEO Mark Wilson. “Here’s his wording, ‘The medical use of marijuana by a qualifying patient or personal caregiver is not subject to criminal or civil liability… ‘A physician licensed in Florida shall not be subject to criminal or civil liability…’ Under this amendment, if someone is authorized to smoke pot by a physician, and then gets into a car accident that is their fault, the pot smoker and the physician may be granted civil and criminal immunity. That’s the crazy world trial lawyer John Morgan creates with his pot smoking amendment. If the person at fault isn’t responsible, who will the victim sue?”

The Florida Chamber, along with the Florida Medical Association, the Florida Sheriffs Association and Save our Society from Drugs, filed an Amicus brief urging the Florida Supreme Court to stop this misleading ballot initiative. These efforts support Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request for the court to review the ballot proposal, along with similar briefs filed by House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz.

The Florida Chamber has a long-standing policy opposing constitutional amendments that can be accomplished through our state’s legislative process – in statute or in the state budget. Florida’s Constitution is a foundational document meant to provide for our basic rights and organization of government. For that reason, the Florida Chamber Board of Directors has unanimously voted to oppose efforts to legalize pot.


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