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Tampa, Florida --The legalization of medical marijuana in Florida will be debated at The University of Tampa on Monday, Feb. 24.

Local attorney John Morgan and Allen St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), will argue in favor of the measure.

Arguing against the ballot measure will be Eric Voth, M.D., chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, and Kevin Sabet, director of the Drug Policy Institute at the University of Florida.

The question of medical marijuana will be considered by Florida voters in the form of a ballot initiative to be included on the November 2014 ballot.

This is the second annual debate on legalization of medical marijuana hosted by DisJointed, a UT student group that focuses on education of students about the effects of marijuana.

Megan Ristick, a UT senior public health major and founder of DisJointed, said the debate fits DisJointed's role to help students understand the facts about marijuana, and how the upcoming vote will impact the state of Florida.

"There are many aspects that we want to help students understand, so they feel confident to go out and make the healthiest choices for themselves," Ristick said.

The debate is free and open to the public. It will take placeat 7:30 p.m. in the Martinez Athletics Center.Seating is limited.

Fight for a Bill:
-Medical pot has enough signatures for ballot
-FL Supreme Court oks medical marijuana initiative for Nov. ballot
-Medical marijuana bill filed in Florida

The Science:
-Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol?
-Sanjay Gupta: I was wrong about weed

The Politics:
-Medical marijuana initiative could help Dems in governor's race
-Gov. Scott will vote against medical marijuana
-Medical marijuana gets traction in the Deep South
-Did he inhale? Rubio won't say whether he ever smoked marijuana
-Debate hits Sarasota: Sheriff vs. John Morgan

The Business Side:
-Cannabis College opens in Tampa
-New guidelines help banks deal with marijuana business
-Marijuana stocks light up the market
-Recreational pot sales: Where the grass is much greener

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