• Attorney John Morgan considers run for Florida governor


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - The man who led the fight for medical marijuana in Florida is considering a run for governor in 2018.

    Attorney John Morgan issued a letter explaining where he stands on the issues. However, he said he’s not ready to give a definite answer on his plans.

    Read the letter

    Morgan told Channel 9’s Michael Lopardi that he didn't think about running until this week, when a petition drive was started on his behalf, but that now he’s testing the waters.

    WFTV political analyst Rick Foglesong said he believes that Morgan could make a strong case in an era when many voters are fed up with so-called career politicians.

    Morgan told Eyewitness News that he’s tired of voting against candidates.

    “But until I find somebody that I'm for, and not just against, then I'll just leave my options open,” Morgan said.



    Morgan is best known for advertisements promoting his law firm and leading the campaign to approve Amendment 2, which legalized medical marijuana in Florida.

    Morgan said in an open letter that his priorities are to decriminalize marijuana, reform the criminal justice system and raise the minimum wage to $15.

    “This is my idea. This is what I would do. You like it? Vote for me. If you don't, vote for the other guy and I go back to work,” Morgan said.

    While Morgan is a Democrat, Foglesong told Eyewitness News that Morgan's style reminds him of President-elect Donald Trump, a businessman without a political career who has a catchy slogan, "For the people," that could lead a campaign.



    “The voters seem to want someone who is not a politician. They're tired of politics and politicians. They want someone who can get things done,” Foglesong said.

    Morgan downplayed any similarities to Trump. He pointed out that he supported Hillary Clinton. He also said he doesn't want to spend years campaigning, meaning people may have to wait for an answer on his next move.

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott is term limited, so he can't run again.

    Morgan's biggest opposition may come from his own family. He said his own children don't want him to run.

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