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Attorney John Morgan backs marijuana legalization

Local celeb-attorney is new chair of statewide marijuana advocacy organization United for Care

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But it’s not just the legislature that needs convincing. Morgan realizes that marijuana legalization, despite increasingly positive polling, is at best a divisive issue in the Sunshine State. The religious right, so often motivated in ballot measures involving social issues, will likely be out front opposing the measure.

“If they are truly religious instead of a fanatic, they will look at it and go, ‘it’s a compassionate issue,’” Morgan says. “God knows what he’s doing and God put this plant into nature for us.”

Morgan plans to position the legalization issue as a concern for the ailing elderly, not what he calls a “Cheech and Chong listening to Santana records” free-for-all. Moreover, medical marijuana is a pro-business issue that could bring tax revenues to a state that coddles industry, he says; likewise, if it is regulated, there would be less concern about criminal abuses. The real crime, Morgan says, is delaying the inevitable.

“Here’s the terrible thing about it: We know one day it’s going to be allowed,” Morgan says. “There’s just no doubt about it. Every day that a new baby is born, it gets closer and closer. The sad part is that in the meantime, people are going to suffer.”

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