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Florida Republicans mad about reefer

Attorney General Pam Bondi, House Speaker Will Weatherford and Senate President Don Gaetz raise red flags about medical marijuana

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Enter Florida Attorney Pam Bondi. On Oct. 24, the giggling enforcer of only the laws that she likes – and noted opponent of pill mills, which, ironically, run sort of opposite to Morgan’s proposal for actual doctors to prescribe cannabis – came out waving her hands pointlessly. According to Bondi, the devil is in the details of Morgan’s proposal, because there are holes or something, and even though it specifically mandates that a doctor should decide whether marijuana use outweighs its ramifications on a person-by-person basis (and only for those with debilitating diseases), “Florida law would allow marijuana in limitless situations,” Bondi wrote in a letter to the Florida Supreme Court, according to the Tampa Bay Times. Limitless, man!

Bondi must have passed her peace pipe over to legislative leadership, because by Oct. 30, House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, and Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, were wielding their own proclamations of confusion in the direction of the high court about High Times end times.

“We firmly believe the wording of this amendment is not about legalizing marijuana for serious medical illnesses, but rather creating a path in our constitution for marijuana shops on every street corner,” Gaetz said in a memo to his fellow senators. “The ballot summary is misleading and the impact of this amendment is far, far greater than John Morgan and his supporters would like the public to know.”

This newfound attention to detail when it comes to amendment ballot language is only mildly laughable when you consider just how many amendments the Republicans have had tossed out over the past few years for being syntax tail-chasers of distraction. Also, Morgan’s bill was drafted by a constitutional scholar and not a political ideologue, so the challenge could prove to be moot.

“The Republican Party in the state of Florida is petrified about this amendment because they know that 77 percent of Florida wants it,” Morgan told the Tampa Bay Times. And that could do a little Crist-raising of its own.

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