John Morgan says it is time to legalize recreational marijuana

Reporter: Sydney Persing
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Attorney John Morgan tweeted Tuesday that recreational marijuana should be legalized in Florida.

Morgan was the driving force behind medical marijuana passing in Florida. He said we have the time and money to get it done.

For Southwest Florida residents, it remains a divisive issue.

“I love it!” said Lois Sylva, who lives in Fort Myers. “I think that’s the best idea yet.”

“Yeah,” said Bill Wellbourn, who also lives in Fort Myers. “I really would like to wait on the recreational marijuana use.”

However, for Morgan, it is simple. He is ready to put all his effort into making recreational pot legal. The personal injury attorney said he is “too old to care” about the opposition.

“We’re just introducing another problem,” Wellbourn said. “Will this be the opioid problem of the future? You know of letting people do this and how do you control it?”

After advocating for the legalization of medical marijuana, Morgan focused his attention on raising the minimum wage. He said after legislation is passed, recreational marijuana is next on his list.

The campaign will have to collect more than 766,000 signatures by Feb. 1 for the amendment to get on the 2020 ballot. Then 60% of voters would need to approve it.

In the end, the decision remains with the constituents if they choose to lend their signature.

“I don’t think we really understand yet what the repercussions of something like that might be down the road,” Wellbourn said.

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