Weed in Florida – John Morgan’s Baby

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“If I were king of Florida,” Orlando legal mogul and potential gubernatorial candidate John Morgan said at a news conference, “I would walk through the prisons and release everyone in there for possession alone.”

Last year, Morgan was the steed-mounted champion for Florida’s “Amendment 2” ballot initiative, which sought to make medical marijuana legal in Florida. The amendment passed with an overwhelming 70 percent of the vote in favor.

This was the same Republican-leaning electorate which chose Donald Trump for the presidency and re-elected Senator Marco Rubio.

When Morgan began his crusade in 2014, political elites within his own Democratic party told him it was impossible. Marijuana would never be legalized in Florida the way it was in Colorado, they told him. But unlike his fellow Democrats, Morgan had a willingness to put money where his mouth was. $9 million to be exact, which he pumped into his campaign to pass Amendment 2.

In a stunning upset, the rambunctious personality sometimes referred to as “Florida’s Trump” succeeded in his efforts.

Conservatives in the Florida legislature, however, were not as accommodating as the Florida electorate. By law, the legislature must accommodate the intent of every successful amendment – though it has full discretion over how exactly the implementation occurs.

As a result, Morgan’s amendment was interpreted as narrowly as possible to allow maximum restriction over medical marijuana in the state. For example, smoking the marijuana is not a legal form of treatment.

In response, Morgan filed a lawsuit soon after the law went into effect on July 1 – claiming that Republicans in Tallahassee can’t interpret bills half as well as toddlers can.

The buzz created by the entirety of this episode has led many politicos to suspect that Morgan might throw his hat in for Governor of Florida. No doubt, this is likely the hope of many media outlets and reporters throughout the state who would like nothing more than to cover a loud and boisterous candidate who revels in cigars, bourbon, and the occasional cuss word.

In an interview with Politico Magazine, Stephanie Scruggs Bowen, the former Florida field operations director for the Trump campaign, had this to say about the personal injury lawyer’s chances of becoming governor:

“Everybody knows his face and his voice. And plus, he comes across as a guy who everybody, regardless of party lines, would like to sit down and have a beer with. Because he’d be a hell of a lot of fun. And that makes him hard to beat, on any issue. And the fact that he’s also plain spoken, has a tendency to speak for the little guy, makes him come off as a lot like Trump.”

Mayor Andrew Gillum (left) and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham (right)

So far, the only two major Democratic candidates for the governorship being vacated by Gov. Rick Scott due to term limits are Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and former Congresswoman Gwen Graham, daughter of former Governor and Senator Bob Graham.

So far, Graham has a major edge over Gillum in fundraising and name recognition, but the entering of the infamous Morgan from Morgan & Morgan into the race could instantly challenge that lead.

Morgan is easily the most influential non-politician in Florida politics. His outsider-making-an-impact record could play very well with Democratic voters who favored Senator Bernie Sanders over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the party nomination.

He’s already gone on the record in support of a major Sanders initiative – raising the minimum wage. He spins it as a populist “people versus the establishment” issue.

In an interview with Politico Magazine, Morgan had this to say about raising the minimum wage:

“That’s the reason for the anger that we were seeing in the Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump supporters. That the harder they worked, the further they fell behind. And it’s not a Republican or a Democrat issue. It’s just a people issue.”

This issue will be a key focus for Morgan, whether as a major platform point or his next constitutional amendment in 2020.

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Tom Walsh: Harry Truman said it best: "You will not get rich in politics unless you're a crook." While I am not implying John is a crook, I wonder, though, why anyone would spend $4+Million of their own money to push for passage of a particular legislative bill.?
Reading the stories out of Colorado, which the MSM has, for some unknown reason failed to publish, I see a terrific increase in auto accidents and subsequent law suits as a direct result of that state's passage of recreational pot use. Do you think this might be John's motivation?
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Hanksta Havice: His brother is a quadriplegic, has seizures, only weed helps him ,he dont need the $  
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Marvin Taylor: My vote goes to Morgan and I am not a Democrat
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Wayne Peterson: I don't smoke anything or do drugs, but I truly believe marijuana should be legal.
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C Kaye Jackson: Could this be why he's fat?
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Hanksta Havice:
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Laz Garcia: I don't see Trump in the picture.
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Allen Leitzel: You are a special kind of stupid arn't you  
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Laz Garcia: Not as much as you dumb asses.  
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Randy Bryant: The medical benefits of cannabis aside, Tom I think you hit it on the head. John doesn't do anything out of the goodness of his heart. There is a big payoff some where in the process and John is the benefactor of that payoff.
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Susan Sargeant: You are so right!  
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Edna M Trigg: Hope not
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Eric Bryan: John Morgan "FOR THE MORGAN"
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David F. Burnham: Medical has been approved, anything else no,no recreational,no increase to allow it to be abused. Level to treat those sick. These people pushing recreational is messing it up for those who need it. It's still illigal drug federally.
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Jackie Stern: You can bet he will make millions off the deal or he wouldn't bother. And if the people of Florida put him in as governor they are really stupid. He has made millions from trumped up lawsuits and now will make it selling pot.
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Gloria Rector Lusk: I certainly have no desire to meet him. I see too much of him on TV and billboards.
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Thomas Adkins: He's an ambulance chasing sleazeball now that you find out he is running for Governor as a Democrat what does he do,hires on To his law firm one of the Kennedys everybody supposed to fall for that
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Donna Mitchell Cormier: He must be invested in the marijuana growers/ sellers for sure!
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John Zuclich: Most of those people in jail for possession were not using it for medical purposes. This guy is a fraud. If thats what it's all about, make the shit in a prescription pill form so you cant toke up anywhere you want.
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Stephen Marshall: Anything he thinks he can make a buck on
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Janette Kearsch: Needs to be likeColorado
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