The lead story for John Morgan this week was his trip to Tallahassee to file suit against the state of Florida for Smokeable Medical Marijuana.
“By redefining the constitutionally defined term ‘medical use’ to exclude smoking, the Legislature substitutes its medical judgment for that of ‘a licensed Florida physician’ and is in direct conflict with the specifically articulated Constitutional process,” Morgan wrote.
“In the amendment, it is very, very clear that it says smoking is not allowed in public and that’s the only place smoking can be addressed by the Legislature,” Morgan said in a press conference Thursday morning. “It doesn’t take a genius to figure out if smoking isn’t allowed in public, it must be allowed in private.”
“They’re making it a health issue like someone in chemotherapy is taking a few tokes,” Mr. Morgan told Sunshine
State News. “It’s a bunch of people who don’t understand what they don’t understand. When you’re dying, the last thing you care about is the smoke from marijuana,” Mr. Morgan said.
“Every person using medical marijuana is a person who will not go to CVS…and buy their opiods, which hook us, kill us and destroy families.
“I started this thing in 2014 and this is the last promise I made to the people of Florida. “Promises made are promises kept.”
Morgan plans to combat the no-smoking rule by directing attention to a 2012 study published in the journals of the American Medical Association that found no lung damage as result of marijuana smoke.
“Despite decades of marijuana being used for smoking in the United States, there have been no reported medical cases of lung cancer or emphysema attributed to marijuana,’’ the lawsuit reads.
The bigger story however, is what seems to be playing out in the Florida Universe which is larger than this law suit, but in a way, a part of it. It’s the realization of the evolution in the revolutionary life of John Morgan.
Last week, a piece published in www.floridamarijuana.net entitled, The next Governor of Florida could be the most popular in history, suggested 11 points that would make a candidate for Governor in Florida a popular choice, but preceded the points saying it was highly unlikely that any of the candidates running for Florida Governor will get beyond the first bullet point.
To pull this off, it’s going to take someone unique in many ways. Someone current on Florida politics and savvy enough to travel the tough long roads of a campaign. Wealth can be helpful, but typically, wealth has baggage. We’re looking for someone with very little or no baggage.
If we could find someone that has done well financially over the years, has no political or other alliances with anyone, no special interest obligations, owes no one nothing but many owe them. Someone who takes on issues after they are thoroughly understood. Someone everyone loves to listen to, funny…
None of the candidates come close.
Speculation has been flying for months that John Morgan may take a run at the statehouse. Last week, he again flirted with the thought of running for Governor when asked by HIGHLIFE Magazine.
“The outpouring of encouragement to run for governor has been overwhelming and unexpected,” wrote Morgan, who has never held elective office. “It is either extremely flattering that so many people put such faith in me, or sad that people have so little faith in the typical politicians of both parties who are expected to seek the office.”
“Before I go down this road any further I need a lot of time to think about it. There are obvious drawbacks and hurdles.”
Although Morgan wouldn’t specify a run would be as a democrat, he did lay out several of his key beliefs, including decriminalizing marijuana, releasing drug offenders from prison, restoring voting rights for nonviolent felons and increasing the minimum wage to $15. He also called for eliminating state positions such as lieutenant governor and commissioner of agriculture.
“I don’t think a personal injury attorney is what most people have in mind for their governor.” Said Lew Oliver, Orange County Republican chair. “I think the fact he’s a personal injury attorney brings very strong negatives and is not necessarily the kind of person most of Florida is excited to vote for.
Sources say comments such as these from Mr. Oliver indicate he is out of touch.
“What type of candidate do most people have in mind? Somehow Oliver suggests that a personal injury attorney is a scourge Floridians do not want to represent them? It would make everyone feel better if the next Governor was a bit more, well, you know…crooked. I mean, Mr. Scott came into office with the infamous title as being the kingpin of the largest Medicare fraud in U.S. History.”
Florida is long overdue for a great Governor. People of Florida are freedom lovers. It’s mind boggling to imagine how great this state could be with the right leadership.
“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.'”
Here are the 11 points that could make the next Governor of Florida the most popular ever according to The Next Governor of Florida Could be the Most Popular in History.
- Resolve to survive on the $130,000. a Governor earns. Don’t decline the compensation like Rick Scott did. “That’s not important to me,” Scott said in a July 2010 radio interview in Jacksonville. “I’m really not doing it for the salary.” Now that Scott is nearing the end of his second term, the whole state knows what he was doing it for.
- Distance yourself from campaign contributions.
- End contributions from big sugar, big utilities, big pharma, etc. Big sugar could re-direct would be contributions into a fund addressing the Everglades.
- Remove special interest attachments. Politicians could only sponsor bills that was documented to have no special attachments.
- Owe nothing to no one. If you have embraced the first four, this one will set you free.
- Pledge to fully legalize cannabis and relinquish control/regulation to the cannabis industry. Any candidate with the courage to see this through in Florida could be the next President.
- Discard any agenda of increasing personal wealth while in office. Make your agenda pure. To get Florida back.
- Remove any conflict of interest situations among political representatives of the state.
- Vow to fix everything Rick Scott broke. Likely impossible in two terms. Some things can’t be fixed.
- Remove the whole concept of private prisons.
- Do everything every day with complete honesty, integrity, and loyalty to the constituents
Effective Inauguration Day, by Executive Order, Cannabis Will be Legal Everywhere in Florida.
New Governor says, “The state has more important issues than chasing cannabis offenders.”
Today, the new Governor elect, announced that effective upon inauguration in three weeks, there will be an executive order issued to essentially repeal Amendment 2 and replace it with regulations and guidelines written by the cannabis industry. “What you can and can’t do will be determined by your industry leaders.” The Governor elect said. “The cannabis industry in Florida will become self-regulated. It’s going to be like growing vegetables. Anything you do with it is OK. If you grow for profit, you’ll have to pay taxes like any business. And you can’t take it out of the state.” The Governor is excited about the implications. “I’m excited to see what the cannabis industry looks like in 5-10 years. I think you will see how an industry as massive as the cannabis industry can thrive by allowing self-regulation. All things considered, the state will earn billions in tax revenue. We are restructuring manpower now that we have removed the Domestic Cannabis Eradication Program. We’ll leave the regulation to those who know what’s best in that regard.” The Governor said if you have a problem, work it out within the industry. “That’s part of self-governing.”
There will be no distinction between medical and recreational. Florida will take the position that All cannabis use is medicinal. This administration will call it cannabis. The special processes required for specific medical needs will be the responsibility of industry experts and free enterprise. There will be a liaison between the state and the cannabis industry who will be selected by their peers.
We may be reminded of what Ray Rodriguez warned us about while wrestling with regulating Amendment 2, HB1397. “If there’s a robust regulatory scheme, the federal government will not put their resources into enforcing federal law,” Rodrigues said.
Mr. Rodriguez had his moments of glory during the legislative session. The era of Rodriguez and Sembler are over. Billionaires will no longer have excessive influence over Florida’s legislation. State politicians will no longer put forth personal comments, assumptions or undocumented facts to further their agendas. The Governor speaks with conviction.
“Steps will be taken immediately to remove all agents related in any way to the War on Drugs from their assigned responsibility. The Domestic Cannabis Eradication program is no longer in Florida law enforcement. The Commissioner of Agriculture will focus on agriculture and finally, we will address the Everglades.”
Asked about Big Sugar, the Governor interrupted the question. “You know what I told you in the campaign. We’re going to do the right thing. We’re not sure what the plan will look like yet, but be assured there is no one influencing the decisions that will be made except the citizens of Florida.”
“There will be no impact study that will cost billions and take years. It is clear what we must do. Essentially, the agents will get their things and get out! A moderate severance package will be set up and funded by the final budget of billions that was allocated to law enforcement.”
Some people say drastic pledges like this will explode the unemployment situation and turn our economy south. The Governor says all the agents and others who have been dependent on the drug war will survive. “Now, they will have to find a new spot in a new economy. The days of mass raids, confiscations and destroying lives is over.” The days of cannabis rehabilitation and prevention centers such as Drug Free America will no longer feed on a continuous supply of cannabis offenders provided by the state for their survival. For those who think Florida will be ruined now that the cannabis war is over and everything is legal with no regulations, relax. It will be fine. Better than ever.
Speaking at a luncheon today, the Governor spoke candidly with the 75 folks present. “Isn’t this something? The changes that I am proposing for Florida are the boldest in history. Believe me, there are a lot of big fish out there that are mad. That’s OK. We can move this state forward in a new and exciting direction, or remain mired in everything as we are today.”
“Imagine Florida.” He said. “Imagine how great this state can be once all the bad is removed. It was created by man, man can tear it down, change and rebuild the right way. Imagine the Everglades with delicious pompano, 3’ long snook and sea trout longer than 30” swimming through the seagrass flats again. Our state needs this.”
Everyone that is incarcerated for committing a marijuana crime will be released. Growing, selling and buying cannabis will no longer place you in prison or place a felony on your criminal record. All contractual agreements between the state and for-profit prisons within our state will be cancelled. Existing marijuana offenses will be expunged. “This marks another end of a shameful past in the state of Florida. I am honored to be the Governor who ends this. My deepest apologies to all the lives our past legislatures have affected.”
A spokesman for the Governor told us free enterprise environment will flourish and the cannabis industry in Florida will explode. Any contractual agreements between cannabis nurseries or other entities and the state of Florida will be cancelled, they said.
“Billions of dollars from cannabis tax revenues will be used to fix our state.” The spokesman stated. “Fees for business licenses and permits will be no different than any other business enterprise. The leadership within the industry will be responsible for governing and guiding in the future of cannabis in Florida.” The Office of Medical Cannabis Use will be dissolved and re-structured by the governing body within the cannabis industry.
“As for me,” the Governor said, “I won’t be involved directly, there are an incredible number of issues within our state that are screaming for attention. I only have one term to fix things.