Medical marijuana boosters raise $226K for Amendment 2 campaign

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“People United for Medical Marijuana,” the political committee spearheading the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, raised $226,734 during April, according to campaign-finance reports filed with the state Division of Elections.

People United now has a total of $3.1 million overall through April 30, including $1.9 million in loans, most of which was used to collect the required 683,149 petition signatures for inclusion on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Orlando trial attorney John Morgan chairs the group, playing a substantial financial role. However, last month neither Morgan nor his law firm contributed any money, according to Monday’s report.

April’s largest contributor was Henry van Ameringen, a retiree from New York who gave $100,000.

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