Medical marijuana barriers to fall as Florida politicians from both parties back reformPosted by On

In 2011, I made a relatively meek attempt at pulling together a campaign to place an amendment legalizing medical marijuana before Florida voters. I couldn’t raise enough money for a poll, nor could I find an individual of any stature or credibility who would serve as chairman of a political committee.

Two years later, after Colorado and Washington State became the first states to legalize marijuana for adult use, the environment was much different: a poll showed 71 percent support among Florida voters, and Orlando super-lawyer John Morgan decided to bring the full weight of his voice – and his checkbook – to the effort.

But the issue was still greeted with a mixture of trepidation and derision (“free samples?”). At the time, I was a partner at a consulting firm that represented…

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