Morgan Says Marijuana is Safer

Sep 27, 2013

Claim­ing that med­ical mar­i­juana would be a safer, non-addictive and more-effective alter­na­tive to Oxy­Con­tin, Orlando attor­ney John Mor­gan con­demned the pre­scrip­tion pain killer in a speech Fri­day to argue that many of its users would be far bet­ter off smok­ing pot. Speak­ing to the Tiger Bay Club of Cen­tral Florida, Mor­gan said that Oxy­Con­tin, a com­monly pre­scribed – and abused – pain med­ica­tion, kills 16,000 peo­ple a year and addicts many more. He claimed mar­i­juana – which is ille­gal in Florida and most states – is com­par­a­tively harm­less and more effec­tive. “It is truly a dis­grace what goes on,” said Mor­gan, best known for his Mor­gan & Mor­gan per­sonal injury law firm, who chairs a statewide cam­paign to get a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment legal­iz­ing med­ical mar­i­juana on the 2014 Florida bal­lot. “Oxy­Con­tin is a poi­son that is put into our sys­tem by phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies that make bil­lions and bil­lions of dol­lars.” Oxy­Con­tin is a brand-name drug whose active ingre­di­ent is oxy­codone, an opi­oid anal­gesic. The Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol reported in Feb­ru­ary that there were 16,651 opi­oid anal­gesics over­dose deaths nation­ally in 2010. How­ever, a statewide law-enforcement crack­down on ille­gal sales and use has cut the num­ber of oxycodone-related Florida deaths by 41 per­cent, to 735 in 2012, accord­ing to the Florida Depart­ment of Law Enforce­ment. Still, oxy­codone remains the lead­ing cause of over­dose deaths in the state. Pur­due Pharma, which man­u­fac­tures Oxy­Con­tin, did not imme­di­ately respond Fri­day to Morgan’s speech. Morgan’s point was to make mar­i­juana look good by com­par­i­son. “One thing I think most of us accept as truth is med­ical mar­i­juana works, and it works for a broad vari­ety of ill­nesses and ail­ments,” Mor­gan said. “It’s help­ful with ALS, can­cer, mul­ti­ple scle­ro­sis, glau­coma, epilepsy, all sorts of chronic pain.” Mor­gan chairs Peo­ple United for Med­ical Mar­i­juana, which is run­ning a peti­tion drive to get legal­iza­tion on the Novem­ber 2014 bal­lot. The group sur­passed 100,000 sig­na­tures last month and has sent the pro­posed amend­ment lan­guage to Florida Attor­ney Gen­eral Pam Bondi. It will then be reviewed by the state Supreme Court for bal­lot val­i­da­tion. Peo­ple United would then have to gather at least 683,159 voter sig­na­tures. Mor­gan has con­tributed $150,000 of the $248,000 that the cam­paign raised in the first six months of this year. After his 35-minute speech, at least four Tiger Bay mem­bers approached Mor­gan pri­vately to say that they or some­one they know has can­cer or some other ail­ment and were inter­ested in his mes­sage. Mor­gan said his father, Ramon, used it while he was dying from chronic obstruc­tive pul­monary dis­ease and esophageal can­cer 20 years ago. Source: Orlando Sen­tinel (FL) Author: Scott Pow­ers, Staff Writer Pub­lished: Sep­tem­ber 27, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 Orlando Sen­tinel Con­tact: insight@​orlandosentinel.​com Web­site: http://​www​.orlan​dosen​tinel​.com/

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