Supporters and critics of medical marijuana squared off Thursday at a forum in Lakeland.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd took the lead opposing an amendment Florida voters will decide on in November that would legalize the prescribing of marijuana.
"This medical marijuana amendment is going to have all kinds of unintended consequences and be exceptionally complicated to enforce," Judd said.
He added legalizing medical marijuana will open the door to legalizing it for everyone, including children.
The main voice for legalizing medical marijuana, Attorney John Morgan, said passing amendment two is the only way to help certain people.
"Multiple sclerosis does not pick political parties,” he said. “AIDS does not pick Democrats or Republicans or Independents. It just picks people."
For Bob and Kelly Jordan, passing amendment two means relief without fear of going to jail. Kelly Jordan has ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease.
"There is nothing else for ALS,” Bob Jordan said. “We have done this for 20 years. This is the only thing we have found that helps Kathy."
Morgan used Kathy Jordan as an example of why voters need to pass the amendment. Morgan told the crowd,
"We know for a fact it works."
Judd said he's worried about loopholes in the amendment and enforcement. For example, being arrested for drug paraphernalia because bongs will not be legal the way the amendment is currently written.
"There will be more charged, not less,” he said.
Voters will decide on the amendment Nov. 4. Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have already passed laws legalizing medical marijuana or making it a non-criminal offense to possess it.