John Morgan: The fight does not end.

We may not have passed amendment 2 tonight but make no mistake, tonight was a victory in the fight for medical marijuana in Florida. Our next governor will take the oath of office having won less than a majority of Floridians' votes. The idea that marijuana is medicine and that those suffering and in pain should not be made criminals, received a larger share of the vote than the winner of the last 6 gubernatorial elections (if over 56) and every presidential campaign in Florida for decades. 

Tallahassee didn't act, so the people had to. 

Well tonight, the people have spoken their will - and their will is for Florida to join 23 other states in passing a medical marijuana law for people like Cathy Jordan and my brother Tim. 

This fight does not end tonight. This fight begins tonight. Tomorrow we go to Tallahassee. 

Tallahassee politicians can ignore polls and ignore activists. They cannot ignore a clear majority of Florida voters. We will not be ignored. 

The governor and the leadership of the house and senate MUST listen to the people who gave them their jobs. They must act on this issue. They must pass a medical marijuana law in the 2015 session that serves the hundreds of thousands of sick and suffering Floridians who are desperate for one. 

If they don't - we'll be back on the ballot in 2016. And the will of the people WILL NOT be denied a second time. 

I have this final message to the patients in Florida - compassion may have been delayed, but it is coming.

 - John Morgan

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commented 2014-11-11 13:52:38 -0500 · Flag
I concur that patients should be given priority over dispensary profits. The “pot shops” shouldn’t supersede the compassion we ought to give to patients who are sick. Let the patients and caregivers grow their own supply. It’s not illegal to brew your own beer or ferment your own wine given that is for your own consumption. why shouldn’t sick and dying patients be able to cultivate? What about Cathy Jordan. Catherine Jordan was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) in 1986 by leading ALS doctors, told she would die within five years. She began using medicinal cannabis in 1989, which she credits with halting the progress od the disease and she is now recognized by the ALS Association as one of the longest living ALS patients. Her husband was growing for her and avoided prosecution for cultivating her medicine. We should let them keep growing their own supply.
commented 2014-11-06 13:20:02 -0500 · Flag
Thank you Dr Elmer for the informative post! We need more people like you promoting awareness and scientific facts along with personal experiences to help our suffering Americans including myself. Again thank you from the bottom of my heart :)
commented 2014-11-06 12:09:06 -0500 · Flag
Dear Stacy Bea,
If you’ve ever been around an internal combustion motor (ie car), then you’ve inhaled second hand smoke (carbon monoxide). Your comment implying critically ill people will be parading around you smoking marijuana, without regard to you or anyone around is absurd- but it is one of the concerns the “no” side continues to harp, and as such, both sides should use this as a learning opportunity. Those of us on the “yes” side should be mindful when running into this argument particularly in the next two years whilst building up to a triumphant 2016.
As a doctor who does home care with the elderly and critically ill, pain is a common denominator. Ninety percent are on narcotics (opioids) of varying kinds and 100% of them suffer from adverse side effects (nausea, constipation, decline in function, lack of energy). There are two general types of narcotics prescribed for pain: those that are fast acting and short lived and those that are slow acting and longer lasting. Patients that use marijuana for pain typically ingest it orally (in cookies, brownies, etc) since its effects are longer lasting. As an aside, Ill patients have a hard time eating anything. This delivery method is a great way to introduce much needed calories. However, in those situations where “breakthrough” pain is needed, marijuana can be inhaled. This provides a fast acting, yet short lived response, giving time for the slower acting medicine to uptake. Also, as previously noted in an earlier response, ill patients do not burn the medicine in order to inhale it instead it is vaporized. This way the smoke that is produced by way of burning the organic material in the marijuana is avoided. People with compromised heart and lung function have poor tolerance to inhaling smoke- plus they may even be on oxygen. However Stacy , if they do decide to “smoke” marijuana conventionally, it will be in the privacy of their own home- nowhere near you.
The second part of your argument is very important to address. This amendment is intended to alleviate pain, and suffering (which is a consequence of chronic intractable pain) to those who need it. Suggesting referring physicians patients and caregivers will be careless, reckless and irresponsible with MM is hurtful and insulting. Many people are addicted to opioids yet there is no public clamour purporting the danger they poses to society. Yet,opioids pose a great threat to family’s everywhere due to their highly addictive properties- many lives have been ruined. The other thing to remember is that it is quite easy to kill yourself unintentionally with opioids. The pharmacology is such that they have a very narrow band of toxicity. Too much and breathing centers in the brain will be suppressed- and this might be just one or two pills for a frail person.
The beauty of MM is that it has a very wide spectrum of tolerance
and it does not effect the breathing centers in the brain the way opioids do- The bottom line is you can’t fatally overdose yourself with MM.
Stacy, please know that disseminating incorrect information about MM is the real tragedy here. Countless people have been adversely affected by your vote- needlessly I might add. Inform yourself and stay abreast as new information regarding MM is discovered almost weekly. Also, find compassion and love in your heart for those that cannot fend for themselves, the sick, the weak and those suffering from a kind of pain I hope you never have to endure. Finally, base your decisions on facts, not baseless ideological bias.
commented 2014-11-06 09:28:27 -0500 · Flag
Ok let’s not all attack Stacy Bea here. From the looks of her comment she is not a troll, but severely uneducated on what this movement is all about. Instead of attacking these people, we need to teach them, educate them, and show them that medicinal cannabis does not hurt anyone.

First of all, we don’t see people drinking out in public or out in the streets because there are laws enforced to keep consumption contained. There are designated areas including the private household. Medicinal marijuana would be no different. There will not be any smoking in public areas around anyone that does not want to be around smoke.

Secondly, many people who need this medication ingest it. Most are too sick to smoke. There are vast amounts of ways to get it into your system other than smoking.

Lastly, people like Stacy are poisoning our cause. Because of people like Stacy, many sick patients will not live long enough to see cannabis legalized in the great state of Florida and will live the rest of their lives in pain and agony. I just wish that people would just refrain from voting on the subject all together if they are not equipped with the proper amount of knowledge to make a fair and accurate vote. Now again, I am not attacking Stacy Bea. I am just using her as an example as to how misinformation and lack of education is what’s holding us back. Spread valid knowledge, prove key points, and enlighten those who do not see the potential of this God-given wonder.
commented 2014-11-05 15:56:49 -0500 · Flag
What we are up against folks..
commented 2014-11-05 15:45:30 -0500 · Flag
Let us evolve. This plant is here put by nature for everyone. Who are you to judge. “Land of the free”, but not me, not us. Floridians this is your downfall. Keep fighting for freedom in the land of the “free”. What a shame!
commented 2014-11-05 15:08:40 -0500 · Flag
Updates? How did it go today in Tallahassee?
commented 2014-11-05 14:40:12 -0500 · Flag
Thank you John Morgan and all volunteers! I will fight with you till end!! We will win this fight either now, as you said, or we will kick butt in 2016!!
commented 2014-11-05 14:14:42 -0500 · Flag
They live with it in the comfort of their ignorance. There were so many lies spread throughout this campaign, it’s sickening. Ive heard over and over that legalizing will put it in the hands of children. The fact is that keeping it illegal makes it more accessible to children. I heard over and over that there would be pot dispensaries on every corner. Simply not true and so what anyway? There are drugstores selling addictive poisons on every corner and people just call that business. I’m so sorry for all those suffering out there. But like John Morgan has said, the fight is not over. The fight has just begun.
commented 2014-11-05 14:13:22 -0500 · Flag
Thank you John Morgan and all the volunteers who worked so hard for this. It’s not over… The 58% have spoken and we need to continue to push an even better bill through the Legislature THIS session! Let’s include home growing… Heck, maybe the Feds will end prohibition and it’ll all just be a moot point! In the meantime, I wonder how much of an exodus of people will leave the State for States where they are not criminals for using a natural plant?!!!
commented 2014-11-05 14:00:09 -0500 · Flag
this breaks my Heart
How can anyone live with themselves if they voted NO. I am terminally ill & have been told there is a law on the book to allow me to have Cannabis now??? Then why can I not have my card & Cannabis. I was told I have many illnesses(7) that qualify me for medical Cannabis plus there is no alternative medicine for me, but no One will help me get a card or the Cannabis. My life depends on it & I do not understand. Please, others are receiving it because of JENKS V. STATE-582 SO.2D 676 I am in the computer with, United for Care. Please, I want my Cannabis & a better quality of life now
commented 2014-11-05 13:50:47 -0500 · Flag
Florida is a brute. Plain and simple. They made it nearly impossible for us to get Amendment 2 passed. 60% of the vote? Really? Who does that? Florida. That is why it will be a bit of a fight for us to get our rights back. A right for compassion and comfort when life throws you a curve ball and every other medication is a swing and a miss. This vote for Amendment 2 on 11/04/2014 was not a victory in the eyes of the opposition, but a major battle dominated in our favor in the war for our rights and freedoms. It is now written in the history books that we have strength in numbers. Our voices are louder than those who want us to live in pain. So please, do not be discouraged. Take this as our next step towards victory. Spread the word. Sweep away the non-sense and scare tactics of those who make money from keeping prohibition active. If we stick together and stand up for our rights, I guarantee that we will emerge victorious.
commented 2014-11-05 13:09:50 -0500 · Flag
We may have lost in the election, but we have won in the polls. 57% proves that many voters do believe we need a Medical Marijuana law in Florida. Now its on to Tallahassee.
commented 2014-11-05 13:01:30 -0500 · Flag
It does suck!!! They just took away a medicine that does nothing but good because the thought we wouldn’t be responsible with it by letting our kids have some!!! It really pisses me off because I hate the way seizure meds make you feel and I started using for pain and seizures both and it works so well. I guess I’ll keep buying from the drug dealers and have to wonder what it might have in it !!
commented 2014-11-05 12:59:34 -0500 · Flag
I am so very sad about this. It really breaks my heart this did not pass. We need this to pass as an amendment not through bad legislation through the state of Florida. The state of Florida will not allow everyone will medical conditions to use it. We need to get this back on the ballot and get everyone to the polls. We need to hand absentee ballots to people while knocking on doors. We need to make this a state wide effort. We HAVE to pass this in 2016! I believe we will have a way better turn out in 2016, so we need to start preparing NOW and be ready to make a stand and put an end to the LIES! We the people have spoken. My family and I would like to thank Mr. Morgan and all of the volunteers and Mr. Pollara for everything that has been done to get this far. We have hope for the future and we will be waiting for the next steps on how to proceed forward. Thanks again to everyone!
commented 2014-11-05 12:41:27 -0500 · Flag
One other thing here, my disabled Friend here are watching the shenanigans in Collier County where Elderly People in their Golden Gates Estate Neighborhood went to vote and waited sooooo long that in the end they walked away!! My Friend sent off for her absentee ballot and NEVER GOT IT….as a matter of fact, She only got her Voter Registration CARD just two days ago!!! We tried to get an absentee ballot repeatedly and I don’t believe in coincidences!!!
commented 2014-11-05 12:39:39 -0500 · Flag
I have diabetic neuropathy in hands, feet, it effects my stomach. I have fibromyalgia, bnerve damagefrom mastectomy,carpel tunel, migranes,copd,heart tachacardia and murmer, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis,pernicious anemia, joint disease, pain from two knees replacements and rotocuff damage in both, mastitis, thyroid disease ants who knows what they will find next. I Need help with the pain and depression that comes with all this. Please keep fighting, I will to .
commented 2014-11-05 12:29:17 -0500 · Flag
We might have lost the fight but we haven’t lost the war- the truth shall not be denied- John Morgan, florida will not let you and all the sick and suffering people down again! Two years from today, the truth shall be evident!
And the likes of people like Sheldon Adelson can find a different place to poison with their lies.
commented 2014-11-05 12:24:01 -0500 · Flag
Everyone here is concentrating on the love and compassion aspect of medicinal marijuana but, what I think people are missing is HO\W the VOTE NO side not only killed it but managed to elect a Carpetbagger as well……well, they used FEAR AND HYSTERIA just like they did in 1937!! The VOTE NO side are the direct and spiritual descendants of the RACISTS who made Marijuana illegal back then….their campaign took pages right out of the 1937 playbook stopping JUUUSSTT short of the raw STEREOTYPING of that era. Not only that, we saw in the pure light of day, the Florida Sheriff’s reasons for opposing compassion….IT IS SO LUCRATIVE FOR THEM WHEN THEY GET TO STEAL OUR PROPERTY!!….and the real reason for Sheldon Adelson’s $$$$$$ contribution to keep the Sick, Disabled and Dying in agony…..HE WANTS TO STEAL OUR SEMINOLE’S CASINO FROM THEM AND THIS IS THE PRICE HE PAID TO RICK SCOTT’S CAMPAIGN IN A QUID PRO QUO ARRANGEMENT!!!….WHY ELSE WITH ALL THE OTHER IDENTICAL AMENDMENT VOTES GOING ON IN ALASKA, MINNESOTA….ETC DID HE ONLY PILE ON THE $$$$ TO KILL OUR AMENDMENT???….I mean, he and his family have supported that Hospital in Tel Aviv that has prescribed MARIJUANA to its Patients with HUGE success in the area of pain management AND the treatment of PTSD FOR YEARS… Adelson KNOWS the benefits!! The list of sewer dwellers and their motivation goes on and on and on. Mr. Morgan, you ran an honorable and compassion filled campaign and I bless you for it but, the VOTE NO side unfortunately understood that FEAR, HYSTERIA and IGNORANCE were stronger emotions.
commented 2014-11-05 12:06:17 -0500 · Flag
So disappointed, I am tired of living in horrible pain when there is a natural drug out there that could give me some relief.
commented 2014-11-05 10:18:07 -0500 · Flag
A big thank you for being the people’s voice and starting this movement of compassion and justice. Although we have been delayed, the finish line is in sight and victory is inevitable and it will be sweet.
commented 2014-11-05 10:16:57 -0500 · Flag
The loss yesterday was a bitter pill for us to swallow. We must return this miraculous herb back to the legal status it has enjoyed throughout most of the nation’s history. To allow the status quo is to give in to the large pharmaceutical companies that fear the curative powers provided to us by this most special of nature’s gifts. Let us rise up and demand that the government treat us as adults and allow us to consume the most beneficial of all medicines nature has handed to us on a silver platter. Plus, just think of the value that the cultivation of marijuana and hemp would add to the nation’s economy.
commented 2014-11-05 10:03:44 -0500 · Flag
It’s sad how there is medical heroin but that something in and of it’s nature like marijuana has been criminalized (and abused) by it’s medicinal value when it should be available to patients who need it. Then when Floridians have the chance to pass it, that is too much brainwash out there and lies to fight it. Too many are deceived.
commented 2014-11-05 09:34:42 -0500 · Flag
I cry for those suffering without access to medical marijuana.
I am angered by the lack of awareness in our state.
I am stunned by our outcomes.
I will continue to fight.
commented 2014-11-05 09:34:23 -0500 · Flag
I cry for those suffering without access to medical marijuana.
I am angered by the lack of awareness in our state.
I am stunned by our outcomes.
I will continue to fight.
commented 2014-11-05 09:29:46 -0500 · Flag
I am, by no means, for legalizing anything but medical marijuana for chronically and terminally ill patients. I also don’t have a problem with adults using it, it is better than alcohol.

I was an RN for most of my life. I had a sick patient and had a huge blood splash. Later, I tested positive for HBV and HCV, all because I chose to become a nurse. I became very ill, over the years, and now have many auto-immune diseases, stemming from the HCV. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis, OsteoArthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, Congestive heart failure, mycobacterium avium intracellulare complex, chronic pain due to degenerative disc disease, and more. I have rods and plates in my cervical and lumbar spine. I am in agony, and was on morphine and oxycontin for ten years, which was not only causing more damage to my liver, but also hindering my breathing due to my asthma and MAC disease of the lungs. I now have a fentanyl pain pump implanted, and honestly want to get off of these drugs. I also have depression not merely from being disabled, but from the loss of my son, 16 years old, to suicide.
I want to be able to function again. I do not like being sick and on disability. I got an education so I could give my children a better life, and to be a positive role model. I was a great nurse, working double shifts, sometimes 7 days a week, if needed.
I watched my niece die from lung cancer, my sister (also a nurse) died a horrible death to bladder cancer, my mother just died from colon cancer, and now my cousin has brain cancer. Medical marijuana could make their dying process easier, help them to be able to eat, curb nausea and vomiting, and ease their pain.
What is so wrong with that? If you aren’t interested in helping the ill and suffering patients die a peaceful death, then why not advocate for Euthanasia? Assisted suicide? Death with dignity? We help our pets, don’t we? If they don’t want to help our pain, help us to die, when the end is near.
Like I said, I am not in favor of recreational drugs, just medicinal marijuana, with Positive Proof and Documentation from a physician. I hate morphine and oxycontin, many people die from this, from accidental overdoses, it is addicting, and why do today’s youth have access to them? Stiffer laws are needed to protect our youth, but the sick need help too.
It is better to use something non addictive to curb pain, than to keep giving morphine and oxycontin, which is addictive and causes many accidental overdoses.
commented 2014-11-05 08:59:27 -0500 · Flag
Thank you John for all of the heart, soul and dollars you put it to this cause. Thanks also to the multitude of volunteers like myself who fought the good fight only to be denied. My husband desperately needs this herbal relief as big pharma is destroying his body and mind. I hope all of the NO voters see my face and the faces of all those who need relief when they fall to sleep in their cozy beds at night and bounce out of bed in the morning. I hope they see our faces as they run and play with their children or grandchildren as that is something my husband cannot do. I hope they see my face when my husband wakes up in the middle of the night screaming because he no longer get relief from the 12 pharmaceuticals that he is slave to. I actually had a now elected official Jack Latvala actually walk up to me at the polls and say to my face “I hope you get 59%”. Where is the compassion in that statement???? If he could only walk a day in the shoes of all those who desperately need relief from medical marijuana his pea brain might begin to expand past the narrow mindedness that drive him from day to day. God bless you Mr. Morgan and the countless other volunteers who fought the good fight. The war has only just begun and the people will not be denied.
commented 2014-11-05 08:20:24 -0500 · Flag
Thanks for trying Mr. Morgan, we won’t give up.
commented 2014-11-05 07:54:54 -0500 · Flag
There are THOUSANDS of patients who are wanting to organize a march on Tallahassee.

United for Care, could we organize a march with you?
commented 2014-11-05 07:36:31 -0500 · Flag
If I’m not stuck in the jail of a wheel chair by 2016 there’s every possibility a missed tail light could end me in a for profit Florida jail. We’re out. There was no victory for me. They wanted to keep the money in big pharma, I won’t pay them or fund this state any longer. My family are officially ‘marijuana refugees.’ Thanks for the good ol’ college try. The fact the Bondi and Scott are still in office proves to me that marijuana will never be ‘for the people’ in this state, it will be for the profit. We’re done with fun and sun on the beach we got scoliosis and disability here time to go home to a center country state with real soil and at least marginally intelligent legislature. Our realtor is scheduled for next week, it was a fun 15 years, but it’s time to end.
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