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John Morgan calls bill to make med. marijuana legal without voters a publicity stunt

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Orlando attorney John Morgan says a bill to make medical marijuana legal without getting voters to pass it on the November ballot is just a publicity stunt.

Attorney John Morgan says he spent $4,000,000 on gathering signatures for a ballot initiative in November.

It gives residents the choice to vote to legalize medical marijuana, but he's concerned about a bill created by Representative Joe Saunders.

It would legalize medical marijuana before voters even head to the polls.

"I would love nothing better for this to be passed as I envisioned it in March or April," Morgan said. "But here's the news, it's not gonna be. I'm a Democrat, Joe's a Democrat. I think it's grandstanding by Joe Saunders."

Morgan said the Republican majority in the state legislature will most likely block HB 859 from being heard on the floor.

By voting on the issue in November, Saunders said it will prevent legislators from changing the law in the future, but Morgan says there's no chance lawmakers will even approve the bill.

"Joe is a freshman legislator in a Republican-controlled house, so he's got zero juice to get anything done," Morgan said. "No Democrat does right now. If this was something done by Republicans, I'd be happy."

Morgan said it will take 9 to 12 months to get licensing, taxing and registration issues into place after the vote.

Until then, he said he plans to keep educating people so they register to vote. He's concerned the bill could distract voters.

"I don't know if Saunders will even get his bill on the agenda," he said. "[I] hope he gets some testimony, but he never called me about it. He never called me about it, so I won't call him back either when he calls for campaign contributions."

A similar bill was rejected by state lawmakers last year. Morgan said the same will happen again this year.

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