A new organization called Florida For Care has formed to help shape medical marijuana regulations in Florida, should Amendment 2 be approved by voters this November. The group has filed forms with the IRS to become recognized as a 501(c)4 social welfare organization. 501(c)4 groups can maintain their status if less than 50% of their spending accounts for political activities. The Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that 501(c)4 groups do not have to disclose their donors.
501(c)4 Forms to Advocate for Amendment 2
When asked about the new 501(c)4 group and if donor anonymity helped increase financial support, John Morgan, an Orlando attorney and major backer of Amendment 2, was reported by the Orlando Sentinel as saying, “I don't know that it really is. I don't know that anybody really cares. I don't. There are probably some Republican lobbyists that want to be shaded, but I don't want to speak for them. ...They know it's going to be a whole new world for them, and they know it's going to happen.” The Orlando Sentinel also reported that Ben Pollara, campaign manager for People United said that the new organization would not be used to buy ads supporting Amendment 2, and that the money would instead go through the state political committee and be disclosed.
According to the group's website, “Florida For Care was founded in 2014 to advocate for the implementation of a strong, well-regulated, Florida medical marijuana system under Amendment 2.Florida for Care believes that Florida has the opportunity to set the standard for what a state medical marijuana system should look like and how it can function most effectively. We believe such a system must balance three core principles: first, safe, affordable patient access; second, a tightly controlled state regulatory structure; and third, a robust, free market commercial enterprise.”