Medical marijuana protesters call for Gov. Rick Scott to allow smokable pot
The rallies, also held in Tallahassee and West Palm Beach, came a week after an appellate court refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight initiated by Orlando attorney John Morgan makes its way through the courts.
Morgan, acting on behalf of ALS patient Cathy Jordan, sued the state last year after the Legislature passed laws banning the sale of smoking products, citing a health risk. Morgan said the smoking ban violated the constitutional amendment that allowed medical pot after being approved by more than 70 percent of voters in 2016.
Rallygoers also wanted Scott to drop the state’s appeal of a ruling allowing Tampa cancer patient Joe Redner to be able to grow and juice his own medical cannabis.
“Let’s get Scott to go ahead and drop all this stuff,” said James O’Malley of St. Cloud, one of about 40 people at the Orlando rally at Lake Eola. “Seventy percent of the people wanted people to be able to smoke. Let’s get it.”
Mike Farley of Lakeland said he had