JOHN MORGAN speaks at a rally in Tampa before the vote on medical marijuana.
Proponents of a medical marijuana ballot initiative that fell short of passing in November are making a second attempt to legalize weed in Florida.
Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who pumped at least $2 million of his own money into the effort last year, said he filed proposed language Thursday with the Department of State for a 2016 constitutional amendment.
"We lost the battle. We plan to win the war," Morgan said.
The measure clarifies some of the issues that opponents, including Florida sheriffs, used to dissuade voters from approving the measure in November, according to Jon Mills, a constitutional law professor and former House speaker who drafted the proposal.
"There is nothing that's different in the intent and the actual impact," Mills told The News Service of Florida on Thursday.
Mills said he included in the revised proposal some of the statements the Florida Supreme Court made about last year's initiative when justices ruled that the proposal met the requirements to go on the November ballot.
"What this will do is to clarify things that will make it really impossible to misinterpret," he said.
The revamped measure clarifies that doctors cannot order medical marijuana for children without their parents' approval, Mills said. Mills and other supporters have insisted all along that, as with other medical conditions, minors could not get medical pot without their parents' or guardians' permission. But sheriffs railed about the issue last year, raising the specter of "a joint in every backpack" in discussions about the proposal.
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