• #PotDaddy: John Morgan says it's time to legalize recreational marijuana

    By: Jason Kelly

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    ORLANDO, Fla. - Attorney John Morgan tweeted Tuesday morning that he believes recreational marijuana should be legalized in Florida.

    "I have decided that I am too old to care," he said. "I think we have time, and I think there is money to get it done. I already have the minimum wage signatures."

    Morgan has also pushed for a $15 hourly minimum wage ballot initiative.


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    "Let's do this maybe," said Morgan, who signed the tweet "#PotDaddy. "Forget Tallahassee."

    The personal injury attorney previously spent $7 million on legalizing medical marijuana.

    "The time has come for us to face the fact that there really is no great harm to society -- to the contrary, only really good benefits," he told Channel 9's Greg Warmoth on Tuesday.

    Warmoth asked Morgan how legalization would financially benefit him.

    "I have invested in this industry all over the country," Morgan said. "I don't know that will benefit me, but I do know this: I plan to continue to invest heavily in this space, because ... this is the 21st century business in America." 

    Orange County Sheriff John Mina told Channel 9 on Wednesday morning that he opposes the legalizaiton of recreational marijuana.

    "My law enforcement priority is getting dangerous drugs, like heroin, fentanyl and cocaine off the street and out of the hands of criminals," he said in a statement. "I feel strongly that young people should be educated on the dangers of any drug and want to urge people to consider the dangers of impaired driving."

    Mina said there are no roadside tests to measure THC levels in drivers, "but we will continue to rely on our drug recognition experts who are specially trained to recognize drug impairment."

    Morgan said the marijuana industry would finance a 2020 ballot initiative.

    "This is now an industry that has a lot of money and a lot of muscle," he said.

    A ballot initiative would require almost 800,000 signatures of registered voters and a review by the Florida Supreme Court.

    A proposed amendment would require 60 percent voter approval to pass.

    Alaska, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia have legalized recreational marijuana.

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