Morgan tells New Times he supports medical marijuana because it helped relieve his quadriplegic brother's pain. "He'd have violent back spasms," Morgan recalls. "Marijuana was the only thing that worked for him." His late father, who suffered from cancer and emphysema, also used marijuana. "He was tethered to machines and on all these drugs that he had no appetite," Morgan says.

In Colorado, sales of medical marijuana were $328 million last year. In California, $1 billion.

Morgan formed a new political action committee called United for Care and raised close to $5 million through his law firm and family members. The only other major donor is Coral Gables philanthropist and Democratic fundraiser Barbara A. Stiefel, who kicked in $250,000. Morgan became the face of the campaign with radio and television spots all over Florida.

See also: Slideshow: How to Become a Medical Marijuana Millionaire in Ten Easy Steps

Republicans allege that Morgan hijacked the medical marijuana initiative to help his high-profile employee, Charlie Crist, win back the governorship from Rick Scott.

"It's an issue that the Democrats can use to pump up the youth vote," Alex Patton, Gainesville-based Republican political consultant, told Businessweek. Rick Wilson, a Republican strategist backing Scott, called the medical marijuana initiative a "game changer" for the 2014 election.

Legendary flip-flopper Crist signed the Marijuana Growhouse Eradication Act into law when he was the Republican governor. Now, he is running as a Democrat and is all for medical marijuana.

Morgan vehemently denies using the medical marijuana issue to benefit Crist. "If that were the case, I'd just write Charlie a check and go home," Morgan says. "I am not Machiavellian, as some people make me out to be."

If the amendment passes, Morgan insists he'll leave the financial profit to everyone else. "But once it's legal, I'm done. I can't grow Philodendron, much less marijuana, so no — I won't be getting in the business."

Step 2: Go to cannabis "training school" — maybe.

Dropping hundred-dollar bills on medical marijuana classes may seem like a good idea, and some school operators are already making a mint. But David Jones, communications director for the Florida Cannabis Network, a Melbourne-based nonprofit organization, cautions: "Some are trying to be perceived as experts and take advantage of the ill-informed."

Some classes may offer real insight; others could be just puffing smoke. Calkin says his Cannabis Career Institute can teach people how to create a business plan, find business partners, and recruit growers who can cultivate high-quality marijuana. Once students have paid their $299, they can attend as many seminars as they want. "In the marijuana industry, it is all about networking," Calkin says. "Some people won't work with you unless someone they know vouches for you. We introduce you to those people."

Yet it sounds like he has a low bar for who qualifies as an expert: "You can even become a consultant too after attending one seminar. You can start charging other people to teach them."

After serving the longest prison sentence ever (30 years) for a marijuana trafficking offense, Robert Platshorn has become the pitchman for making weed available to senior citizens. He's made a documentary called Should Grandma Smoke Pot? and is a public speaker on the topic.

In late March, Platshorn hosted his own seminar, called "Legal in Florida Medical Marijuana Business Conference." Held in West Palm Beach, Platshorn's event sold out despite the fact he charged $100 more per head than Calkin does. "I brought in the most successful experts from in and out of state to tutor Floridians on the hard facts involved in starting a real cannabis business," Platshorn says.

One of his featured speakers, Jeremy Bufford, claims to be the founder of Florida's first "brick and mortar" medical marijuana education center. A 33-year-old self-described businessman, Bufford incorporated Medical Marijuana Tampa in February, listing a corporate address that leads to a building with a church on the first floor and empty offices in the floors above it. His website shows that he offers medical marijuana courses online for $499, run by two "professors," one of whom was the valedictorian of Oaksterdam University, a grow school in Oakland, California.

Back in March, Bufford told New Times that he was opening a Miami campus this month and that he will operate 15 dispensaries in Florida. "There's no substitute for book learning, and since they're going to be selling some of their product back to us, we have a huge stake in our students' ability to grow pot well," he says. "We issue grades, we have homework, and you've gotta put some effort into this."

Rachel Dyaos, Medical Marijuana Tampa's director of operations, now says the company is no longer going to open a Miami "brick and mortar" school. Instead, it will hold a two-day intensive seminar (sound familiar?) on May 17 and 18 in Miami. However, she could not release the location just yet. "We haven't signed a contract with the banquet hall," she says.

Step 3: Watch out for the feds.

Cannabis universities will probably charge you big bucks to explain what I can tell you for free: Pot is still illegal at the federal level, and that creates a few business problems.

First, banks have been reluctant to open accounts or give loans for marijuana-related businesses, for fears that Uncle Sam will prosecute them for money laundering or aiding drug traffickers.

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dlakatos

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dlakatos
dlakatos

Marijuana Cop's are nothing but Modern day Witch Hunters. You should see them dancing around burning pot,  Slapping each other on the azz, Congratulating each other like some kind of big hero's. The Drug Wars Is A racket. As everybody knows there's been a sharp increase of Heroin Use in America. The United Nations is using our soldiers to guard the Global 

Elites and to big to fail Banks Poppy Field in Afghan which supply 90% of Heroin to the world. They had a Bumper Crop this year. The CIA are the biggest pusher of drugs. They flown military plane loaded with Heroin back to America to sell. Asked any Vietnam vet they no the truth

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 -- DEA Raids on  Colorado Marijuana Dispensaries --


4-30-2014


Federal authorities raided multiple Denver medical marijuana businesses in dramatic fashion Wednesday — smashing doors, yanking out pot plants and cash, sawing safes open and driving the seized items away in U-Haul trucks.



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Jay Udell
Jay Udell

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Feds Indict Colorado Dispensary Owners and their Lawyer



Janice Poole
Janice Poole

God Bless Florida! First you have to vote yes :)

SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

A grad student from UC Davis - who was working on a PHD in Agricultural Science - tested 17 samples of so-called medical marijuana in California and 100% of it was synthetic fakes.   It's like that Chilean Sea Bass you paid $40 dollars for at the Forge but actually, you had $9 Atlantic grouper.


The buds are grown to look like MJ and then it's dried and sprayed with the imitation THC - and sold to the sheep for $17 per gram.


The proof is there for all to see if you know the difference....The lab test proved it's a big scam right now.  That's why these Cats are selling books and going on the talk circuit.

sweetcookies3333
sweetcookies3333

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you missed the $$$ train the last 20 years in cali.....sorry


"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

Deaths by Alcohol and Tobacco: Millions
Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever...they are killing my American family while denying freedom
 
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AMERICA'S WAR ON DRUGS IS A WAR ON AMERICANS! 33

Marti Paul
Marti Paul

Ralph Rk. Kinda a long read, but interesting.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Unless you have something like Charlotte's Web that is a cure, the state already has someone else in mind. I don't doubt they steal everything that is remotely close to curing anything like Charlotte's Web is for themselves ?

Leo Con
Leo Con

Ramona Thomas weren't u just talking about this lol

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DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Federal agents on Friday arrested individuals in connection with high-profile raids on Colorado medical marijuana businesses, and a lawyer for one of the raid targets confirmed his client has been indicted.



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Jeff Dorschner said the arrests were carried out by the Drug Enforcement Administration, IRS Criminal Investigations and the Diplomatic Security Service.


"Who has been arrested and the nature of the charges are currently the subject of a sealed indictment, which won't be publicly available until Monday," Dorschner said




DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

On Nov. 21, agents executed search warrants on 14 businesses — including dispensaries and grow facilities — and two homes, carting away plants and seizing records. A search warrant identified 10 men as "target subjects" connected to the operation.


Sources told The Denver Post that the raids were chasing possible connections to Colombian drug cartels, which several of the targets have denied.


Prosecutors described Uribe's alleged role in the organization in a court filing in a weapons case of a Colombian national, Hector Diaz, arrested during the raids. Prosecutors called Uribe "head of a marijuana drug distribution organization" and among the targets of a long-term investigation into money laundering and other offenses.


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SedonaSherpa
SedonaSherpa

@DonkeyHotay @SedonaSherpa In the fake bud biz?  You no trichome fraud!

 
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