ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - After two elections and $9 million out of his own pocket, Orlando Attorney John Morgan has won the fight to bring medical cannabis to suffering Floridians.
"Every time I thought about not doing it somebody would come up to me and say, ‘Thank you are you going to do it again’?" Morgan said of funding the second—and successful—push for legalization which ended on Election Day, with 70 percent of Florida voters saying yes to medical marijuana.
In 2014, Morgan and the United for Care campaign fell short for the 60 percent needed to pass the constitutional amendment.
Now, lawmakers have to create the system for getting the newly-legal medicine to patients. That means making the rules for what kind of cannabis products will be produced, licensing companies to grow it and sell it, and preparing doctors for a flood of patients.
The system could resemble the small cannabis already operating in Florida, which took nearly two years to put in place after lawmakers passed what’s known as the “Charlotte’s Web” law in 2014.
It allows patients with certain type of cancers, epilepsy and seizures to use a non-euphoric strain of cannabis that is currently sold in the form of oil-based products.
It took two-years to put in place.
Patients with less than one-year to live can use similar products made with full strength cannabis under Florida’s compassionate use law, which allows for experimental treatments.
The pressure is on Tallahassee to scale up quickly.
"When 70 percent of the state of Florida says 'we want something' I believe if they don't hear it…I think they could suffer at the ballot box," Morgan said.
Morgan told reporters gathered at his downtown Orlando law offices the morning after the election that he expects Florida to one day fully-legalize marijuana, but he has no plans to be involved in another campaign.
He said doesn’t plan to invest in growing medical cannabis either.
“I could barely grow philodendron.”