2016 MMJ ballot measure filed in Florida

An updated version of Florida’s narrowly defeated medical marijuana ballot measure from last year has been filed with the state.

And the man behind it is none other than Orlando trial attorney John Morgan, who helped spearhead the previous measure.

Morgan told the Miami Herald he’s going to make one last all-out effort to get MMJ approved by voters.

“After this, I’ll never do this again,” Morgan said.

The 2014 measure, Amendment 2, fell just shy of the number of votes needed to pass last November.

Morgan and other advocates are hoping that the state Legislature will approve a similar measure this coming year. But if lawmakers don’t act, Morgan and other advocates will.

Hence the 2016 ballot measure filing, which Morgan said is an updated version of Amendment 2.

Change include:

  • Clarifying that the state Department of Health needs to verify parental consent prior to allowing a physician to prescribe cannabis for a minor.
  • Nixing all non-debilitating conditions for MMJ and requiring a list of which conditions are eligible.
  • Spelling out that physicians cannot be arrested or prosecuted for prescribing cannabis but can still be targeted by law enforcement for malpractice or negligence.
  • Requiring quality standards for MMJ caregivers.