Lakeland hosts debate over medical marijuana

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — A debate organized by The Ledger of Lakeland (http://bit.ly/1qaKdML) featured two of the loudest voices in the campaign over Amendment 2, which would legalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Thursday night's debate pitted Orlando attorney John Morgan who bankrolled the effort to get the measure on the ballot against Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the spokesman for the Don't Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.

The amendment, which requires 60 percent approval by voters, will be on the ballot in November's general election.

Morgan says he saw how marijuana helped his father as he was dying of cancer and his brother, who has faced chronic pain since an accident left him paralyzed.

Judd lamented what he called "multiple loopholes that's going to create a de facto legalization" of recreational marijuana.

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Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.), http://www.theledger.com

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