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Florida: Advocate Talks Medical Marijuana's Economic Impact

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By Steve Elliott
Hemp News

Florida's economy will grow, crime will fall and new jobs will be created if the state legalizes medical marijuana, according to an advocate who's leading the push for medicinal cannabis in the Sunshine State.

John Morgan, cofounder of Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan, has become the biggest backer in a Florida petition drive to legalize cannabis for medical purposes, reports Abraham Aboraya at the Orlando Business Journal.

Florida lawmakers have introduced a medical marijuana bill several times, but it has gotten nowhere. Now the voters may take things into their own hands with signature gathering underway on a ballot initiative.

Once Morgan's group, People United For Medical Marijuana (PUFMM) collects 60,000 signatures, the initiative will be certified by the Florida Supreme Court, at which point it will start collecting the roughly 788,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot, according to Morgan. Since it's a constitutional amendment, 60 percent of voters must approve the measure for it to become law.

The economic impact of legalizing medical marijuana in Florida could be more than $100 million, according to a 2011 analysis by the Orlando Business Journal.

"From an economical view for the state it's a no-brainer," Morgan said.

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