Local and national groups are pushing to legalize medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, and they targeted University of Central Florida students on Wednesday.
The Florida Cannabis Action Network (FLCAN) along with UCF's chapter to National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) is leading the cause.
Lawmakers are taking it seriously too. There's a house and senate bill in the legislature right now called the "Cathy Jordan Medical Cannabis Act." This fall, voters get to vote on that very same issue about legalizing medical marijuana through a ballot initiative.
"Regulation is key to this," said UCF NORML member and UCF Junior Matthew Khulman.
NORML wants to legalize all marijuana not just for medical use. Critics argue marijuana is a gateway to other drugs. Khulman disagrees.
"The true gateway is like morphine and there are other terrible drugs that are going to hurt you even more than this," said Khulman.
Jodi James is the executive director for the Florida Cannabis Action Network. She's says it's not about "getting high" it's about giving debilitating people an alternative to their medicine.
"We're seeing people kill cancer with this medicine," James said as she was referring to medical marijuana.
Their goal: pass laws to regulate marijuana.
"When you regulate it and control it, you get it out of the hands of children and into the hands of people who are willing to go the distance and be legal," said James.
There will be a presentation about reforming existing marijuana laws inside the Student Union at UCF at 7 p.m. It's free and open to the public.