Last week, we reported that Regulate Florida, an advocacy group campaigning to put marijuana legalization on the 2020 state ballot had gathered enough valid votes to get the Supreme Court to review the language of their petition and that John Morgan, the personal injury lawyer who had bankrolled an initiative to legalize medical marijuana had declined to support the current push to legalize recreational marijuana saying that in his opinion, Florida wasn’t ready for such a shift. Now the lawyer has made a 180-degree turn and has decided to put his weight behind efforts to make adult-use marijuana legal in the state in 2020.
Initially, John Morgan had opted to back an initiative to raise the minimum wage in Florida rather than support attempts to get a measure on recreational marijuana voted on during the next elections.
However, the lawyer wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday that he was too old to care (about what critics think) and that he believed that marijuana should be legal in Florida. Morgan said that he believes that there is time and money to push for legalization through a ballot measure and now that he had helped to gather sufficient signatures to put the minimum wage issue on the ballot, he would now turn his attention to marijuana legalization.
The self-appointed “pot daddy” wrote that his change of mind came about after marijuana industry leaders who had the financial muscle to get marijuana legalized sooner rather than later approached him and asked for his involvement.
John Morgan admitted that while getting a measure approved for inclusion on the ballot will be very hard, such an initiative will pass with overwhelming support once the matter is up for a decision on Election Day.
Morgan was tightlipped about the identity of the “industry leaders” who contacted him, but one of the legalization campaigns is being spearheaded by a lobbyist who is on the payroll of MedMen, a medical marijuana dispensary chain.
Any measure that is included on the ballot must get at least 60 percent voter approval before the constitution can be amended. In 2014, Morgan backed a move to have medical marijuana legalized but that campaign only garnered 58 percent support, which was just shy of the proportion needed to amend the constitution.
For now, analysts believe that industry participants like Marijuana Company of America Inc. (OTCQB: MCOA) and MustGrow Biologics Corp. (CSE: MGRO) could be relieved that the experienced marijuana campaigner has jumped into the fray even if he hasn’t yet decided which particular campaign he intends to join.
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