The medical marijuana debate has officially restarted in Florida. Sticking to his promise to continue fighting for legal medical marijuana in the Sunshine State, after the close loss in 2014, Orlando lawyer John Morgan announced he will match all donations to the new effort nine-to-one.
This fundraising effort is being organized by United For Care, the group that is leading the charge to put medical marijuana on the 2016 statewide ballot.
In a release by United For Care, Morgan stated,
“For every $10 donated here, the campaign will get $100 that goes directly to collecting petitions. If you donate $100 here, the campaign will literally get $1,000 that will be used to ensure that we get medical marijuana on the ballot next year.”
Morgan elaborated that the money ($1.5 million) will be spent to pay for the amount of professional signature gatherers needed to have a successful outcome. The goal is to collect an additional 500,000 signatures, each of which has an average cost of $3 per signature.
“If you and the thousands of other campaign supporters can raise $150,000, I’ll give the other $1,350,000,”
In the 2014 election Morgan and his law firm donated approximately $4 million to United For Care’s efforts. The measure did not pass because it fell just short of the 60 percent support needed from voters.