Medical marijuana backer rips Bondi, offers to pay for TV debate on issueby George Bennett | October 28th, 2013
“She knows about as much about constitutional law as my Jack Russell terrier does,” Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan said of Bondi after Bondi argued to the Florida Supreme Court last week that the ballot summary for the medical marijuana question fails to inform voters of the “breathtaking scope” of the amendment.Morgan, whose law firm employs likely Democratic governor candidate Charlie Crist, offered to pay for TV time for a debate between Bondi and Jon Mills, the attorney and former Florida House speaker who Morgan said wrote the proposed medical marijuana law.
Morgan and his law firm have contributed $400,000 so far to the campaign to gather 683,149 voter signatures to put a medical marijuana question on the November 2014 ballot. The summary that would appear on the ballot says the amendment “allows the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating diseases as determined by a licensed Florida physician.”
The full text of the proposed amendment — which doesn’t appear on the ballot — lists cancer, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and five other “debilitating medical conditions” and also adds “other conditions for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.”
In a petition last week to the Florida Supreme Court, Bondi wrote: “Particularly for a physician who considers marijuana’s health risks low, there is no ‘condition’ beyond the amendment’s reach. The ballot summary does not convey this breathtaking scope, instead telling voters that marijuana would be limited to ‘individuals with debilitating diseases.’”
Morgan disputed Bondi’s contention that the law would be too open-ended.
“I have to trust our doctors. The state regulates our doctors. I have to trust that regulation and if you have a rogue doctor that’s abusing that trust, the state needs to do something about it…It will be on Bondi to prosecute that rogue doctor,” Morgan said.