Mega attorney John Morgan has made good on his threat to file a lawsuit to fight for smoking medical marijuana.
“The people of Florida knew exactly what they were voting on, when they voted. When they were voting on it, the vast majority, if not 100 percent, knew that smoke was included. The fact that we are here today is really unnecessary, but here we go,” said Morgan outside of the Leon County Courthouse.
Morgan filed the lawsuit against the state after the newly signed law related to medical marijuana. In the new law, it says that smoking medical marijuana is not allowed.
The amendment to allow medical marijuana in Florida passed with more than 70 percent voting yes. The amendment included allowing for smoking the plant for medical purposes, as well as other forms.
But despite that, lawmakers banned the smoking of marijuana.
House Majority Leader Ray Rodrigues, a Republican from Estero, sponsored the legislation which included the smoking ban.
“If you look at those other states, their constitutional amendments declared that it could be smoked and that it could be self-grown. If that’s what John Morgan wanted for Florida, he should have declared it in the amendment,” said Rodrigues.
Morgan says in the lawsuit that it is a “deprivation of rights and privileges” by denying patients prescribed medical marijuana from being allowed to smoke it.
Plaintiffs will be added to the lawsuit, according to Morgan, who are smoking medical marijuana because these patients claim that smoking is the only effective method for them to get relief intended from the use of medical marijuana.