The big headlines around Florida the last two days has been the decision allowing smokable cannabis for Florida medical marijuana doctors to recommend, but not so fast. John Morgan’s recent victory in the Florida courtroom for medical marijuana patients in the Sunshine State has been put on hold. Within 10 minutes Governor Rick Scott’s Department of Health filed an appeal against Judge Karen Gievers decision that banning smokable cannabis is unconstitutional. Because an appeal was filed, an automatic stay has been issued that prevents the Judge’s order from becoming law until the appellate courts have a say in the matter.
Rick Scott Receives Backlash From John Morgan
John Morgan was quick to fire back on Twitter with a viral meme heard round the peninsula. He called the Governor of Florida out and told him to grow some brass ones! We posted the meme from Twitter on Facebook and it went viral.
Unfortunately Rick Scott will not be growing brass ones anytime soon. Despite an upcoming Senate race, the Governor seems to be hell bent on slowing down the Florida medical marijuana program as long as he is in Tallahassee. There have been growing calls for people to just say no to Rick Scott’s bid for United States Senate. Rick Scott and his Florida Department of Health have stalled, and delayed implementation of a Constitutional amendment that more than 71% of Floridians voted for. Florida medical marijuana is off to a record breaking start, in spite of the delays, procrastination and lawsuits that have plauged the Florida medical marijuana program. In the last month, the state has suffered two major setbacks to the unconstitutional way the law was implemented. Joe Redner won a decision in his Florida home grow lawsuit, and Trulieve filed an amendment to sell cannabis clones and plants. Unfortunately the state immediately filed a prepared appeal in both of these lawsuits triggering an automatic stay preventing the order from becoming law.
The appeals that were filed in the John Morgan lawsuit were prepared well in advance and filed within 10 minutes of the Judges decision. Just long enough that patients could have smoked one joint in celebration during that time. During my most recent appearance on Ganja Beach Radio, someone asked if they were allowed to use smokable cannabis legally if they are a patient. There is absolutely no way anyone in Florida can legally smoke medical cannabis right now. For everyone reading this article, if you choose to consume smokable cannabis medicine, please be careful.
Rick Scott Continues Incarceration of Medical Cannabis Patients in Florida
The decision to appeal Judge Gievers decision was made long before the final order was issued. Appeals like this are part of the planned process of slowing down expansion of the Florida medical marijuana program and it means the continued incarceration of medical cannabis patients in Florida. There have been growing reports of qualified medical cannabis patients in Florida being arrested for possessing whole flower cannabis in Florida. Last year nearly 40,000 people were arrested in Florida for possession of cannabis charges. When other states are beginning to expunge marijuana possession charges, Florida is still arresting them in growing numbers. The continued incarceration of medical marijuana patients in Florida has a wide reaching impact on society in the Sunshine State.
Communities in Florida have been devastated by the war on drugs. The war on drugs is a false war, because it’s a war on society at large. One community that has been positively impacted by medical marijuana in Florida is the veteran community. This same community is beginning to ask why their Governor cares more about taking pictures with a Navy hat on than actually offering a solution to help end the more than 22 suicide deaths each day from PTSD related issues. Vets for Justice has been on top of Rick Scott’s widespread war on veterans for some time. Veterans make up 1.5 million of Florida’s residents and many of them are suffering from PTSD. Medical marijuana has been increasingly shown to help an increasing number of conditions, specifically PTSD. It continues to be up to amazing organizations like Mission Zero to fight for veterans because our government has seemingly forgotten about our heros. Veterans aren’t the only people that Rick Scott has a boot on the neck.
Rick Scott has been in the business of sick people for a long time, mainly in healthcare administration. During his in healthcare he oversaw one of the largest medicare frauds in US history. When people are sick Rick Scott makes money, and it’s no surprise medical marijuana scares him. Nothing has been helping humans lead healthier lives better than medical marijuana. So far in Florida more than 100,000 patients have been registered into the state’s mmj program. This means a decrease in revenue to anyone that profits off of sick people such as Rick Scott and his wife that is still in the healthcare industry. Governor Scott’s policies have negatively affected everyone in the Sunshine State that depend on smokable cannabis like Cathy Jordan, the plaintiff in John Morgan’s lawsuit. Florida MMJ card holders and those wanting to get qualified for Florida medical marijuana must wait to send up their victory smoke signals.
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