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John Morgan’s Twitter account probes gubernatorial candidates on marijuana

Trial lawyer, outspoken medical marijuana advocate and potential Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Morgan assumed the role of a different profession on Wednesday: journalist.

In a rapid series of Wednesday morning tweets fired at each of the major gubernatorial candidate, Morgan sought public, official comment on the candidates’ stance on the legalization of marijuana.

The tweets began at 9 a.m., just an hour and a half before Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine‘s officially declared his bid for governor. They garnered a bit of engagement, allowing Morgan to draw attention to himself despite the Levine-driven coverage of the day.

But perhaps Morgan did not intend to take the spotlight away from the mayor — maybe he’s genuinely probing a gubernatorial field that now boasts four Democratic candidates and two major Republicans.

His genuine intention could’ve been to see if a candidate aligned with his beliefs on marijuana — which Morgan has very clearly established as a pet issue. If that were the case, perhaps he’d rather stand on the sideline during the campaign next year, instead pushing his pro-pot agenda through another candidate. It certainly would be easier than facing a field of four Democratic primary candidates, and later going against the winner of a Republican lineup that includes Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and Republican state Sen. Jack Latvala, with looming potential bids from House Speaker Richard Corcoran and U.S. Congressman Ron Desantis.

Either way, it shook things up in the Twitterverse of Florida politics, and the novice journalist got some big responses, too.

Latvala, of Clearwater, was first to respond. It was humorously concise.

Then came Levine’s answer, for which the dogged reporter Morgan for the first time felt the insulting, but not atypical sensation of a politician dodging a question.

The mayor carefully circumnavigated the question of marijuana legalization, instead announcing his support for medical marijuana and “building on #MiamiBeach” where pot was decriminalized.

As for the rest of the candidates, you could say Morgan has ‘reached out for comment but has not received a response at the time of this article’s publishing.’ In other words, he hasn’t yet received responses.

UPDATE: Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum avoided ambiguity in answering Morgan’s question Thursday afternoon, earning a digital fistbump from his possible Democratic Primary rival.

The rest of the candidates – Putnam, former Congresswoman Gwen Graham and Orlando businessman Chris King – are still suffering from a bout of cottonmouth, so to speak.

13 Comments

  1. Thank you!! I’m also searching for the right candidate in favor of LEGALIZATION. Run, John please!!! FOR THE PEOPLE😊❤️

  2. Looks like none have the balls to answer the question and the ones that did are lacking any real commitment and certainly Putnam isn’t interested in the 71% that voted for it. We don’t need anymore weenes in office that think they know better than the voters.

  3. Run John. Legalize & end this idiot prohibition.
    Everybody knows it will be legalized someday. I’m 71 & don’t want to die before it happens.

  4. The ONLY candidate we will support is one that is running on the platform of Legalization of Marijuana

  5. Mr. Morgan we need you for Governor! You have put all your hard work, heart and money into this miracle plant named Cannabis! You see how hard they are already making it for patients to get cards, not covered by insurance, people in fear of their jobs and now trying to ban dispensaries! This is NOT what we voted for and we need YOU to help finish this battle! Florida is behind you! #SunshineFamily #Sunshine Cannabis

  6. While we are at it, can we get rid of standard time? This spring forward / fall back nonsense has got to go!

  7. We can’t allow another Democrat to with their primary without supporting legalization. The remaining few outlier’s should be flushed from the party there are no excuses for it. I would say the same for Republicans but that’s alot harder to achieve but it’s looking better then ever on that front as well.

  8. 70 year old verteran here. Canabis helps so many people in so many different ways. 71% of the voters think so. So what’s up ? Full legalization and ABC type control would allow those that wish to use the stuff, be FREE to do so. It is why I put on a uniform our FREEDOM. It is a natural plant, not a concocted medicine. Run John Morgan. You are in very deep and your effort is well received and actually you are the best candidate “for the people” Thank you

  9. I hope you run! I totally support legalization for recreational use of Marijuana and will only vote for the candidate that is going to make that happen. I will also vote against the current politicians refusing to implement or making it impossible for medical use now.

  10. RUN JOHN RUN, SEE JOHN RUN, SEE JOHN WIN!!!!!

    I WORKED HARD FOR 4 YEARS TO HELP GET MED MAR PASSED, AND I CAN’T EVEN GET ALL MY MEDS FOR ONE MONTH DUE TO THE HIGH COST, WOULD BE AROUND $5,000 BECAUSE THEIR IS NO COMPETITION. CABLE ALL OVER AGAIN. B.S.!!!!
    WE NEED YOU JOHN!

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