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Updated: 09/02/2014 09:39:15AM

Cheers, jeers greet pot debators

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PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Irvin Rosenfeld, of Fort Lauderdale, as a long-time user of medicinal marijuana, tells a crowd of more than 700 his views at the Amendment 2 forum Thursday in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Drug addiction specialist Dr. Jessica Spencer says “Not Now” to the standing-room-only crowd at the Harrison School for the Performing Arts about her opposition to Amendment 2, the legalization of medical marijuana.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd makes a point at Thursday's Amendment 2 forum in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Orlando attorney John Morgan, who is leading the campaign to legalize medical marijuana, talks to supporters at Thursday's Amendment 2 forum in Lakeland.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

Winter Haven psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Reddout talks about the addictive qualities of marijuana at Thursday's forum on Amendment 2, the legalization of medical marijuana.

PHOTO BY AL PALMER

The auditorium at the Harrison School for the Performing Arts was packed Thursday for the Amendment 2 forum on the legalization of medical marijuana.

By CATHY PALMER

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Orlando lawyer John “For the People” Morgan and Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd squared off Thursday in an Amendment 2 forum that drew both jeers and cheers from the standing room only crowd at the Harrison School for the Performing Arts. The high-visibility duo led a six-member panel to discuss the constitutional amendment that would legalize medical marijuana in Florida if passed. Also on the panel were Lakeland physician Dr. Sergio Seoane; Irvin Rosenfeld, whose long-term use of marijuana is sanctioned and provided by the federal government; Bradenton drug abuse counselor Dr. Jessica Spencer; and Winter Haven psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Reddout.

But the stars of the show were Morgan and Judd.

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