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02/14/2014

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him sitting at the dinner table, eating pot roast. His analysis was blunt: "This s*** works." Why twiddle our thumbs waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve medi- cal marijuana? "God's already told me what works," Morgan said. God also created the coca plant, Knight countered, arguing that bringing medical marijuana to Florida would lead to increased crime. National banks are hesitant to accept deposits from marijuana businesses since possession of the drug remains a federal crime, which means the vast majority of legal marijuana transactions are conducted with cash. Criminals know this and are targeting dispensaries for burglaries, Knight said. He read a news story from Newport Beach, CA, about a dispensary owner being kidnapped, tortured and castrated. "That can happen here," he warned. But U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he will reassure banks the federal gov- ernment will not prosecute them for taking legal marijuana money. He told an audience at the University of Virginia in January that his office is working with the Department of the Treasury to come up with appropriate regulations. "You don't want just huge amounts of cash in these places," Holder said, according to Forbes. "Huge amounts of cash, substantial amounts of cash just kind of lying around with no place for it to be appropriately depos- ited, is something that would worry me, just from a law enforcement perspective," Holder added. Attorney John Morgan in an ad for his Tampa law firm. Image from forthepeople.com Sarasota News Leader February 14, 2014 Page 27

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