Who will fight medical-marijuana initiative this time?

Who will fight medical-marijuana initiative this time?

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With it becoming increasingly likely that Florida voters will be asked again to legalize medical marijuana, the group behind the ballot initiative must prepare for still-unknown opposition. United For Care, led by Orlando attorney John Morgan, probably has enough necessary signatures to get a constitutional amendment for medical marijuana on the November ballot. Yet the group got this far in 2014 before running into a powerful, well-funded coalition of doctors, business, law-enforcement and drug-abuse prevention groups, who warned voters that United For Care’s proposal had potential holes in it. The anti-amendment campaign was fueled in large part by Sheldon Adelson , a Las Vegas casino magnate and conservative financier. So far, only one major group in that coalition is on record as being opposed this time. The others could be weighing just how close United For Care got with its amendment in 2014, garnering 58 percent voter approval when it needed 60 percent to pass. None of the groups that made up Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot last year – including the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Sheriffs Association – filed any opposition to 2016 proposed amendment earlier this month when the Florida Supreme Court approved its language as appropriate for the ballot, "I honestly don’t have any idea," United For Care Campaign Manager Ben Pollara said when asked whether he expects the same, strong opposition. "I don’t think any of those groups has the same appetite to oppose as they did last time.” The Drug Free America Foundation, which helped attract a $2.5 million donation from Adelson last time, says it will remain steadfast in opposition in 2016. The group was part of the Don’t Let Florida Go To Pot coalition. "The coalition members have continued to work together on this […]

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