The war on drugs has failed. The war on drugs that we need to fight going forward is the opioid crisis.

 

“When you discard the will of the people, they rise up.” …John Morgan

Yesterday, John Morgan posted a video status update. Mr. Morgan spoke of the smoking ban lawsuit which he filed against the state of Florida, but he spoke about more. His comments were reflections of the past 4 years in the trenches with the legal cannabis movement.

“I wanted to tell you a few more things about what I think will be the upshot of all this.” Said Morgan. “You see, when you take the will of the people and discard it, people rise up. I predict the actions of Ray Rodriguez and the Florida Legislature is going to cause the people of Florida and the new marijuana industry to perhaps come in and have a second amendment to legalize the use of marijuana.”

Morgan said the real War on Drugs should be focused on the opioid epidemic. “What’s happening to America right now is we have become an opioid nation. Children as young as 13 are prescribed oxycontin and hydrocodone. Drugs that hook you and destroy you. Opioids and drug use is the leading cause of all deaths for those 50 and under in America.”

Mr. Morgan said we need to stop fighting the marijuana fight. “It’s been a losing battle. It’s been a false battle from the beginning. The truth is, after being in the trenches all these years now, I know this. The recreational use of marijuana should be allowed. We need to get it totally off the table so we can focus on the real war on drugs which is opioid use. Legal opioid use.”

“Congress is talking about $45 billion to fight opioid abuse. We build prisons for profit. Prisons to lock people away. Look, drug addiction is not a crime. It’s like saying tobacco addiction is a crime. For those of you who have never been addicted, you don’t understand.” Morgan continued. “The fight needs to focus on these industries that make these drugs, that are engaged in pre-meditated murder. And I’m not saying that the wrong way. Pre-meditated murder.”

“What we need to do in America, in Florida is focus on the real fight. Locking people up for being drug addicts is not the solution. And giving profit to for profit prisons is not the solution.”

John Morgan said he has been urging President Trump to take marijuana off a schedule 1 rated drug and move it to a schedule 2. “If we do that, we may find that the miracles of marijuana that have been found in Israel for years and years.”

In a recent piece entitled Roger Stone’s Gang of Six Could Set Stage for Change in Cannabis Laws in the Blog link of www.floridamarijuana.net/ Roger Stone, veteran Republican presidential strategist, political operative and longtime ally of President Trump, announced the formation of the United States Cannabis Coalition.

Roger Stone
John Morgan

“In addition to encouraging President Trump to follow through on campaign promises regarding cannabis and state’s rights,” Roger Stone said, “The coalition would also urge the administration to change the current scheduling of cannabis and request funding which would allow for unbiased research.” Joining Mr. Stone on the United States Cannabis Coalition advisory board are Jesse Ventura, former professional wrestler and former  Governor of Minnesota, Andrew Napolitano, Fox  news analyst and former judge, Tyler Patrick Nixon– (great nephew of Richard Nixon ) Cannabis attorney in Denver,Colorado, Randy Credico, an American perennial political candidate, comedian, activist, Jeff Doctor (Seneca) is the Executive Director of the National Indian Cannabis Coalition and John Morgan.

“Roger Stone speaks to President Trump on a regular basis,” Morgan told the Times/Herald. “I am asking him to urge the president to remove marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug. The president would gain the respect of many on this issue.”

“Trump could remove cannabis from Schedule I with the stroke of a pen.  It would be ‘good policy, and good politics.” Roger Stone

If President Trump moved marijuana to a schedule 2 drug, “It would make him more popular than he has ever been.” Said Morgan.

“Until we are honest with ourselves, we’re going to watch a generation get hooked, get killed and families destroyed. I urge the President of the United States to seriously think about doing something bold and something that would be very popular in America. Make marijuana a schedule 2 drug so we can study it in our universities. We can’t now. We can’t study it in the laboratory.”

In many ways, the opioid epidemic resembles the war on drugs declared by Nixon in the 70’s. We have read accounts of Nixon wanting to control the blacks and the hippies because they were causing him problems. He couldn’t arrest them. He didn’t have a reason. So, Nixon created one.

Nixon knew both groups loved cannabis. He came down hard with tough cannabis laws and made it a schedule 1 drug. The War on Drugs was declared but it was mostly a war on marijuana. Marijuana arrests climbed to unprecedented numbers over the next 50 years.

Now, as Mr. Morgan points out, the real War on Drugs should legitimately be waged on opioids. The original intent of Nixon’s War on Drugs was a deception of historical proportions from the beginning. The intent of a war on opioids wouldn’t be to lock people up. Unless corruption snuck in and changed the intent without telling anyone.

It is difficult to completely understand how the situation got to where it is. All the power and wealth at some point designed and executed the plan forward. It was a big play that has taken time, billions of dollars, political payoffs, etc., etc. But here we are. Now, the Congress is saying it needs $45 billion to fight opioid abuse.

What if Big Pharma intentionally created the epidemic of opioids? I’m sure corporately owned private prisons could be written into that script…but let’s not go down that path now.

The piece on Roger Stone’s announcement of the Cannabis Coalition was published on June 22. Only 1 month later we are seeing some follow through. In today’s world, it seems refreshing.

Comments on Mr. Morgan’s post are included at the end of this piece. It’s difficult to recall a posting by anyone in the Florida political arena that prompted such a large percentage of positive, truly grateful and encouraging comments.

Widespread perception is that John Morgan is in a wonderful spot right now from a political perspective. He continues to gain support from the 71.3% should he eventually chose to insert himself in the Governor’s seat. It would be very likely for the candidate who receives the support of the 71.3% to win the Governor’s race in a landslide.

 “I’m not ready to decide what I want my legacy to be,” John Morgan said. “It might just be, ‘he was true to himself, passed medical marijuana and had fun being a granddad for the rest of his life.’”

Mr. Morgan finished with this. “I want you all to know that my fight in Florida continues. In the course of my resolve, my attitude has changed. I have met and seen real people, real families destroyed by opioids and real people made better, healthier and happier with the use of medical marijuana.

The war on drugs has failed. The war on drugs that we need to fight going forward is the opioid crisis. The pharmaceutical companies are making billions and billions of dollars. Join me in this fight.

Write the White House. Write to President Trump. Write to your legislatures and tell them the time has come to fight the real war on drugs. That’s the war on Opioids.

 

John Morgan’s talk in it’s entirety

I wanted to bring everyone up to date on where we are with our lawsuit against the state of Florida and give you some of my thoughts after being in the trenches for the last four years. We have filed the lawsuit to allow smoke with medical marijuana, we believe that our argument is the right argument and there are many reasons why.

71% of Floridians approved this. It’s a record number. Somehow the Florida legislature always think they know more than we do. They think they know more than our doctors do. When they banned smoke, they did a terrible thing to people who really need smoke. You see, when someone goes to the hospital, the last thing that happens with anesthesia is the mask is put on over your face. That is the most direct way to get relief. To get action. There is a reason people don’t take sleeping pills or pills that put you to sleep before surgery. For many people, smoke is the most immediate relief from the pain, suffering, nausea and spasms.

The legislature decided to say no. We’re going to ban smoking. The reason they did, is Representative Ray Rodriguez, said what was really happening here is that this was a back-door route, (his words) to recreational cannabis. That shows you what he really knows.

The truth of the matter is today, the preferred way most people use cannabis recreationally is through vaping. But because he thought that would penalize people and because he doesn’t have a clue as to what’s going on in the medical marijuana world, he put this ban in.

So, where we go from here is to the courts. A judge will be assigned in Tallahassee and we will let the courts do what they do best which is interpret the law.

I wanted to tell you a few more things about what I think will be the upshot of all this. You see, when you take the will of the people and discard it, people rise up. My prediction is that these actions by Ray Rodriguez and the Florida Legislature is going to cause the people of Florida and the new marijuana industry to perhaps come in have a second amendment to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

These legislatures who really don’t know what it’s like to be an entrepreneur and don’t know what it’s like to make payroll, think they know best. What they usually do is stir the fire up.

I believe here is the day that we are in. Look, the war on drugs has failed miserably. It goes back to the 1960’s. What we know now is that the real war on drugs needs to be fought against the manufacturers of opioids.

This summer I spent a lot of time here in New Hampshire. I drive all over this state and New England and I want to tell you, the opioid epidemic is incredible. You walk down streets and drive down streets and you can point the people out. Young people walking with canes, destroyed. People who you think might be 70 are actually 30.

America and New Zealand are the only two countries in the whole world where the advertising of drugs is allowed. What’s happening to America right now is we have become an opioid nation. Children as young as 13 are prescribed oxycontin and hydrocodone. Drugs that hook you and destroy you. Opioids and drug use is the leading cause of all deaths for those 50 and under in America. Here’s what has to happen.

First, we need to stop fighting this marijuana fight. It’s been a losing battle. It’s been a false battle from the beginning. The truth is, after being in the trenches all these years now, I know this. The recreational use of marijuana should be allowed. We need to get it totally off the table so we can focus on the real war on drugs which is opioid use. Legal opioid use.

Congress is talking about $45 billion to fight opioid abuse. We build prisons for profit. Prisons to lock people away. Look, drug addiction is not a crime. It’s like saying tobacco addiction is a crime. For those of you who have never been addicted, you don’t understand.

I have a brother who smokes cigarettes. I asked him if the pack cost $100., would he still buy them. He said he would. That’s how powerful it is.

We in this country are a country that prescribes for ourselves. When our children are little we start giving them Ritalin. By the time they get to college it’s Adderall. When you watch the news, the largest advertisers are drug manufacturers. We are killing ourselves with prescription drugs.

The fight needs to focus on these industries that make these drugs, that are engaged in pre-meditated murder. And I’m not saying that the wrong way. Pre-meditated murder.

Fentanyl is 10 times more powerful then heroin. Our children are receiving these drugs after orthopedic injury, after a car accident, after a sporting accident.

This fight, this war on drugs has been a losing proposition from day one. What we need to do in America, in Florida is focus on the real fight. Locking people up for being drug addicts is not the solution. And giving profit to for profit prisons is not the solution.

Through backchannels, I have been urging President Trump to take marijuana from a schedule 1 rated drug to a schedule 2. If we do that, we may find that the miracles of marijuana that have been found in Israel for years and years.

I’m not an advisor to President Trump, far from it. But if I was, I would tell him the things he could do to make him more popular than he has ever been would be to take this schedule 1, drop it down so we could start using the real benefits of marijuana which I think far outweigh anything. It is a natural plant put into nature by God for us.

Until we are honest with ourselves, we’re going to watch a generation get hooked, get killed and families destroyed. I urge the President of the United States to seriously think about doing something bold and would very popular in America. Make marijuana a schedule 2 drug so we can study it in our universities. We can’t now. We can’t study it in the laboratory.

So, my fight goes on. My opinion has changed from the beginning. Marijuana will be legalized in this country whether it be two years, four years or six years from now. One snowflake can cause an avalanche.

But I want you all to know that my fight in Florida continues. In the course of my resolve my attitude has changed. I have met and seen real people, real families destroyed by opioids and real people made better, healthier and happier with the use of medical marijuana.

The war on drugs has failed. The war on drugs that we need to fight going forward is the opioid crisis. The pharmaceutical companies are making billions and billions of dollars. Join me in this fight.

Write the White House. Write to President Trump. Write to your legislatures and tell them the time has come to fight the real war on drugs. That’s the war on Opioids.

Travis Beaulieu  You’re absolutely right I have a brain injury back injury and it helps me out more with my brain injury massive pounding headache.

Bev Porter   I’m crippled with osteoarthiritis and glacoma and diverticulitis. God bless you for your time and help.

Newt Rat  Appreciate your hard work John Keep up the Fight.” No smoke is a joke.”

Julie McElroy  Run for governor I will vote for you!

Fran Davidson  I’m on the list for medical marijuana and it’s extended moratorium in Bonita Springs has now gone into 2018! Waiting in pain and desperate for help.

Gregory Greg   Keep up the good work.

Jimmy White You have my vote for governor, John.

Karen Hanwell Ritzic  Marijuana saved my life when nothing was working. I’ll testify anywhere and have medical records

Royal Crown  Thank you !

Robin Swits  Thank you ..as a Veteran I look for alternative to pills !!!

Chuck Poole  Recreational use is the next step, you are a great man john Morgan.

Tammy N. Turnage  Run for governor please.

Kathy-Lynn Carroll Josenhans  Port Orange… let’s get it done!!

Tiffany Allaire  This is my home state!! You Go Morgan! get them crooks!!!

Jennie Okelley  Please run for governor Mr. Morgan my dad and I will both vote for you

Angela Lee Calhoun Hayes  We moved here for this reason my husband has liver cancer. I have lupus and all its friends. We lived here 10 years ago always loved it. We the People who choose MMJ need our meds and to be able to choose what goes in our bodies our life our health. To live a pain free life to live longer to be free from hiding in the dark….

Lisa Carter  Keep up the good fight.

Stephen Glaab  First off, that shirt is AWESOME. Second, you’re right about most recreational users prefer vape. I believe this is true because it’s illegal, and vaping doesn’t leave a strong scent in the air or on your clothes… Third, I think you’re just as awesome as your shirt, I hope to shake your hand one day. Good day, sir.

Tamara Bucalo  Please continue the good fight!

Janice Taylor  Thank you for sharing your views, lot of people need this. Thanks.

David Stearns  I’m a construction worker and a pot head so whoever said they don’t want this, too bad, only thing changing is the law, not the life, thanks for fighting for us John keep up the great work.

BJames ELee   Oh how I wish it wasn’t cutting out. Going for recreational use, did I hear that??!! War on drugs= big pharma. Thanks for your voice!!

Alycia Severson  Thank you! Banning marijuana is an example of unnecessary, morality based legislation! More harmful drugs are legal!

John Walters   The war on drugs is a trap. The CIA brings it here. Then lock up the people who possess it.  It’s a war that’s never supposed to end. And it makes our correctional facilities a revolving door…

Michael Mcree  John Morgan for mayor!!!!!

Shell Hamilton  Run for governor John!

Chris Rollins  thank u my friend.

Sondra MelendezWoodard  We need you , Go John!

Cyn Rankin  I have CRPS and live in complete agony #JohnMorgan. I am sincerely praying you can get it passed. I am tired of the pills and I need relief.

Randy Ross  Your work on this issue is appreciated and acknowledged and necessary. We may not be on the same side politically … but here I applaud you. Thank you.

Michelle Leske  Thanks for all you do John! Keep up the good fight!

Freddy Cole   I have MS and thank you for fighting for we the people. Now please keep fighting for us adn getting recreational use.

Theresa Reed  Please John, don’t give up! We The People need your voice!

John Doerr  John Morgan for potus 2020!!!!!!

Steve Walters  Thank you for supporting us on this issue. We all appreciate it very much!

Katy Pate  Thank You for what your doing ..

Sandra Getchell  Thank you John Morgan fight for us. How can the doctor order such harmful drugs and do it legally??? I am a retired nurse so I know what I am talking about.

Zach Will  Thank you John Morgan.

Luigi Verace  Governor Morgan.

Matt David   President Morgan! I would vote for you! and everyone I know would step up and vote for you for president!

Michael Wilson  just makes good sense…rock on,John!

 

 

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  1. M. Davis

    I live in Bay County and still can’t find a doctor that doesn’t charge $300 to see you. I don’t mind VAPING, I love to smoke cigarettes and smoking this would help me stop that so much too. Crohn’s Disease needs this medication. I know for a fact, lived it and still am, it helps! IF anyone knows how to see a DR without $300 please advise. I’m in NW FL and need a doctor. I want off the pain meds that are putting holes in my intestines and causing me more health issues.

  2. Lisa Dean

    I do have my medical marijuana card. We need to be allowed to smoke the flower. The oils or cartridges they give you to vape do nothing for me. I suffer from Glaucoma, anxiety, PTSD among other things. One of the reasons I suffer from PTSD had a birthday yesterday. I lost my oldest daughter to a heart condition and opiates. My daughter would have been 34 yesterday. She had a heart cath done at a hospital on the 3 of June 2012. That is the day our world went to shit with opiates. During her heart cauterization something tragic went wrong she was rushed into open heart surgery. Long story short, after two open heart surgeries, one leg amputation, 3 months in the hospital, my daughter lost everything. She lost her marriage (newlywed), job, (nurse), home, car (manual). She was on Fentanyl and Oxy. She weight only 100 pounds and she was on all these hard core opiates. She did not know who liked her. Making another long story short. My daughter was raped, beaten, left for dead under a parking garage, held hostage in a man’s grand mom’s home (took her leg away and her phone) all over her opiates. She has also gotten into trouble with the law. Opiates ruined her life. Her life was a living hell both mentally as well as physically. Opiates greatly effected our entire family including her daughter whom she adored but opiates took that feeling away from her. Something has to happen about opiates. If my daughter could have smoked marijuana I believe I would be writing a different story. She smoked it once and tested positive at her pain management and was told they could not take care of her. She had to stop smoking pot and she had to fine another pain management doctor. Now that is wrong. The last two years of my daughter’s life I tried saving her. At a moments notice my mom and I would be on a plane to wherever to get her home. The last time was to Hot Spring , Arkansas where President Clinton was born. Well I had her life flighted back to her Florida city where this was the last time we had to go get her. You could see so much tension and stress in her face. She used to be such a pretty girl. She looked at me and said ” I am so tired” and she was gone. Immediately all the tension and stress on her face was gone and my beautiful girl was back. That should not have to be. Opiates are destroying people. This needs to stop and now. Not another mother or father’s son or daughter. I was trying tough love on her. I told her I was going to give her my cemetery plot. She would say how sick I was. Well she is in my plot. Her name was Nicole.