When Florida lawmakers went home at the end of April without passing a medical marijuana bill, Orlando attorney John Morgan issued a statement vowing to pass a ballot initiative in November 2016.

 

But as of the end of April, a Morgan-led political committee had raised relatively little money this year, according to a finance report posted on the state Division of Elections website Monday.

The committee, People United for Medical Marijuana, collected $9,481 in April, while spending $15,472. In all, the committee had raised about $50,000 this year. Morgan and other supporters fell short in 2014 of passing a constitutional amendment to legalize medical marijuana.

They hoped lawmakers would take up the issue during the spring legislative session. But on April 29, Morgan posted a message on the committee's website vowing to build on the infrastructure and public awareness from the 2014 campaign to get the measure passed in 2016. "We will put this issue back before the voters,'' the post said. "We will win."

The committee, however, will have to collect 683,149 petition signatures to get on the 2016 ballot.

From our media partner News Service of Florida


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