Victory for Cathy Jordan, ‘patron saint’ of Florida medical marijuana

By Zac Anderson for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Her confidence and persistence are big reasons patients can now smoke cannabis.

Cathy Jordan had just finished dinner and was sitting in her Parrish home one evening last week when her attorney called.

“He said: ‘Well, Cathy, the governor signed the bill. We won,’” Jordan said as she recounted how she learned that smoking medical marijuana was legal in Florida.

After 22 years as one of the leading advocates for medical marijuana in Florida, Jordan finally could claim victory. She never doubted the day would come.

“I always knew we were going to win,” she said.