Pubdate: Thu, 06 Nov 2014
Source: Tallahassee Democrat (FL)
Copyright: 2014 Tallahassee Democrat
Author: John Morgan


We may not have passed Amendment 2, but make no mistake, Tuesday was 
a victory in the fight for medical marijuana in Florida. Our governor 
will take his new 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 six gubernatorial 
elections and every presidential campaign in Florida for decades.

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

Well, 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 did not end Tuesday night. This fight began Tuesday night. 
Now 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.

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