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Colorado marijuana sales being watched closely from Florida.

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Bob Jordan has been pushing to legalize medical marijuana for years in Florida.  Jordan says when he first started traveling to Tallahassee to talk to legislators about marijuana, they laughed at him.

 Jordan says that's changing now. "The pressure is on, they know it's coming, they can't stop it. It's going to happen in Florida.," said Jordan.

He says he presses on for legislation because of his wife Kathy. Kathy Jordan suffers from A.L.S. Or Lou Gehrig's disease and both Bob and Kathy say marijuana is the only thing keeping her alive.

The Jordan's say they are working with several legislators to pass medical marijuana laws in Florida and their efforts are distinct from those of high powered attorney John Morgan.

Morgan is working to put the issue on the ballot this year to allow Florida voters to have a say in the question.

Morgan's effort is already facing a challenge from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi who argues the wording in the proposed ballot question is to broad and would allow the use of marijuana by virtually anyone if passed.

This week in Colorado, residents lined up in the cold and snow to buy legalized marijuana without a doctors note.

It's the first state in the nation to allow this type of use. Donnie Clark sees another potential use of marijuana in Florida if sales are legalized here.

Related Content: Medical marijuana debate heads to Florida Supreme Court

 Clark was arrested in the 1980's for growing pot on his Manatee County farm.

He called his pot, Myakka gold, but the arrest sent him to Federal Prison on a life sentence.

Clark was then pardoned by President Bill Clinton from his life sentence on Clinton's last day in office. Clark says he is no longer interested in growing pot, but he would like to grow another variant, hemp.

Clark says Florida farmers would be able to grow hemp all year and he believes it could net between $300 and $600 dollars an acre. Clark says hemp has a variety of uses.   "Most of it is plastics, rope, 27 thousand things come from hemp,"said Clark.

Until that happens both Clark and the Jordan's are keeping an eye on marijuana sales in Colorado.

"Shoot, I never thought I'd see it legalized anywhere, but I can see it now.", said Clark.
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