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John Morgan to back campaign aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in Florida

Posted at 12:38 PM, Aug 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-06 12:38:57-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Lawyer John Morgan, who largely spearheaded a successful effort to legalize medical marijuana in Florida, is now backing a campaign that aims to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida through a 2020 constitutional amendment.

On Tuesday, Morgan wrote on his Twitter and Facebook accounts, “I believe that #marijuana should be legal!! I think we have time and I think there is money to get it done. I already have the minimum wage signatures. Let’s do this maybe, forget Tallahassee! #ForThePeople - #PotDaddy.”

Morgan spearheaded the effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state, largely bankrolling the successful 2016 referendum. After declining to put in his bid for Florida governor, Morgan refocused his efforts on an ballot initiative aimed at gradually raising Florida's minimum wage to $15 per hour through the committee Florida For A Fair Wage.

In June, Morgan tweeted that he was busy with his efforts to raise the state's minimum wage.

As for what changed between June and now, the Orlando Sentinel reports that Morgan said he was approached by industry leaders with "deep deep pockets to do it and to do it fast."

A bill that would've legalized recreational marijuana in Florida died in April without a hearing, debate or vote.