H 74° L 61°
  • clear-night
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 74° L 61°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    Partly Cloudy. H 74° L 61°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    Mostly Cloudy. H 74° L 61°

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00


The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00


The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

John Morgan defends push for medicinal marijuana in Florida

John Morgan defends push for medicinal marijuana in Florida

John Morgan defends push for medicinal marijuana in Florida
Photo Credit: DEA

John Morgan defends push for medicinal marijuana in Florida

Those who watch television in north Florida are familiar with the Morgan & Morgan law firm. 

“For the people!” is the motto.

On Thursday, the firm’s co-founder, John Morgan, will go before the Florida Supreme Court and argue for the people of Florida to vote next year on legalizing medicinal marijuana use.  He says he already has more than half of the 683,149 required voter signatures to get it on next year’s ballot.

Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office says they will argue before the court that Morgan’s amendment could lead to marijuana stores cropping up in strip malls and neighborhoods.

There is also dispute over the amendment summary, which says it would authorize “the medical use of marijuana for individuals with debilitating disease as determined by a licensed Florida physician.”

John Morgan tells WOKV News that he knows a lot of doctors in Florida.

“I decided I have got to trust these doctors,” he says.  “I know this.  And for those who abuse that license, that’s what Pam Bondi’s there for.  She’s there to crack down on ‘em, and arrest ‘em, and throw ‘em out.  And that’s what the disciplinary boards are there for.”

“So I can’t just worry about a few bad apples that could destroy the hopes of five hundred thousand sick people.  Really sick people.”

Morgan says he’s not a scientist, but he knows marijuana works because he saw what it did to his father who was dying of cancer.  He was in pain and couldn’t eat.

“He was literally in fetal position, and within one day all of a sudden he’s up.  He’s pain free, he’s nausea free,” Morgan says.  “The anxiety’s gone and he’s sitting at the table and was eating a pot roast.  It was miraculous.”

Morgan argues people who study marijuana and read about it know it works.

“Sixteen thousand people die every year from Oxycontin type medicine,” he says.  “No one dies from marijuana.”

There’s already a pill form of marijuana that doctors can prescribe called Marinol, which many people refer to as the “marijuana pill.”  It contains a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

But Morgan says it doesn’t work and compares it to drugs given to treat nausea for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

“The nausea drugs don’t work.”

WOKV listener David from Julington Creek Plantation says he’s okay with medicinal use, but he worries that people will abuse it, resulting in a Florida more like Washington and California.

“It’s just ridiculous for them to use that for an excuse for all these people who use it on an everyday usage…they’re just gonna have it open to, ‘well, I’m gonna go ahead and continue to use it.’”

David says he thinks it will open up a pathway for younger children to start using it. 

“I think the availability is gonna be there for them.  More access than it is now.”

Morgan says there won’t be a marijuana store on every corner just because people want it.  He says legalizing the medicinal use is the first step, and regulating it is the second.

“Just because it passes doesn’t mean we’re gonna become California,” he says.

And he says those who argue that marijuana is a gateway drug and leads to more harmful drugs are using “scare tactics.”

“All drugs can start you down a road if abused,” Morgan says.

Morgan is the chairman for People United for Medical Marijuana and says he’s contributed $1 million of his own personal money towards the cause.  He has until February to gather the 683,149 required voter signatures, but tells WOKV they’re going for at least 900,000.

Read More

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • An Alabama woman and her 8-year-old daughter were killed Tuesday in two separate car accidents less than an hour apart.  Both were killed close to their home, according to DeKalb County Coroner Tom Wilson. >> Read more trending news  Julia Yates Patterson, 39, was driving on Alabama 117 when she collided head-on with another SUV. The driver and passenger in the second vehicle were taken to a local hospital, AL.com reported.  Patterson was pronounced dead at the scene. It was not immediately clear what caused the crash.  About 30 minutes after the crash, Patterson’s daughter, Elizabeth “Libby” Patterson, was struck and killed by a car while she was trying to cross the same highway, according to AL.com. She was also pronounced dead at the scene. According to the Times Free Press, Libby had gotten off the school bus minutes before she was hit. A family member said the child had recently celebrated a birthday. The driver in the second incident was not injured, the New York Daily News reported. Valley Head police Officer Ron Ogletree said the driver appeared to do all he could to avoid hitting Libby. “It’s just a tragic, tragic thing for something like that to happen,” Valley Head Mayor Lamar Bray said Wednesday. “In a little town of 500 or 600 people, everybody knows everybody or (is) related to everybody. We just request prayers for the family, and we’ll all come together as a community.” Officials are investigating both incidents. >> Related: 97-year-old twin sisters die after falling separately near home A fundraising account set up by coworkers of Kevin Patterson, Libby’s father, asks for donations.  “On Tuesday, Kevin Patterson’s daughter and her mother were involved in two separate accidents that claimed the lives of each,” the page says. “Please consider donating to the fund for Kevin during this tragic time. I’m sure that there will be a lot of expenses incurred, and the last thing we want is for him to have to worry about that. We want him to have plenty of time to grieve and take the time he needs away from work to heal.”
  • One person is in police custody following a shooting early Friday outside SUITE Club near the St. Johns Town Center.  One person was shot and rushed to the hospital to be treated for injuries. It’s unclear at this early hour how many times the victim was shot.  According to JSO, a fight started just after 2am Friday in the parking lot following an 18 and over party.  Off-duty police officers in the area were able to make a quick arrest.  Detectives were speaking with witnesses in the hours after the shooting.   Through the day we’ll be working to update the condition of the shooting victim, and the charges the suspect will be facing.
  • Scientists at the University of California may have just made the next breakthrough in the battle against cancer. A test called CancerLocator works by looking for DNA released from tumors and circulates in the blood, The Telegraph reported. >> Read more trending news And the test doesn’t just find cancer, it can also tell doctors where the cancer is located. That’s because tumors have a “footprint” depending on where they’re located and computers running the CancerLocator test can zero in on it. But don’t ask doctors for the test just yet, it’s still in the testing phase, with the developers telling The Telegraph that it “requires further validation.” The study was published in the journal Genome Biology.
  • A Florida woman who worked at an assisted living facility secretly recorded two residents having sex last year and posted the video on a social media website because she found it amusing, the Tampa Bay Times reported. >> Read more trending news Alexis Gloria Rebecca Williams, 20, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of video voyeurism and one count of video voyeurism dissemination, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Williams was a medical assistant at the Bristol Court Assisted Living Facility in St. Petersburg. She has now been fired, the Times reported. According to detectives, on Aug. 1 a video was shot of a 59-year-old male resident at Bristol Court having consensual sex with another resident, an 81-year-old woman. The residents did not know anyone was recording what they were doing, according to the Sheriff's Office release. Detectives said that an unidentified citizen saw the video on the social media website Snapchat and on Aug. 5 contacted the Bristol Court staff about the sexually explicit video. The staff called deputies, the Times reported. Detectives identified Williams as the employee after a seven-month investigation and arrested her. When questioned on Wednesday she admitted she had shot the video, the Times reported. According to spokesman Sgt. Spencer Gross, Williams said she had done it 'for her own amusement.
  • Here's a roundup of news trending across the nation and world today. What to know now: 1. Health care vote: President Donald Trump decided the time for talking was over, according to the White House, when he let GOP leaders in the House know late Thursday that he wanted an up or down vote on a new health care package to take place on Friday. After a day of wrangling for votes, Trump said he was done working deals with those who said they would not support the legislation aimed at repealing and replacing most of the Affordable Care Act. 2. Cancer triggers: Scientists say that normal healthy cells in the body that make a “typo” when they multiply play a large role in who develops cancer. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University reported Thursday that about two-thirds of the mutations that are seen in cancers are random errors in the multiplication of cells. The scientists were quick to stress that while these “mistakes” are linked to the disease, many cancers are a result of risky behavior such as smoking, lack of exercise and a bad diet, and those can be prevented. 3. New iPad on sale: If you’ve had your eye on an iPad, today is the day you can place your order for Apple’s newest version of the tablet. Plus, there’s a bonus – it’s cheaper than recent iPads. The new 9.7-inch screen version, which was unveiled earlier this week, starts at $329 and has up to 10 hours of battery life. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of the 12-inch iPad Pro, but then it doesn’t cost $799 either. 4. CIA hack of iPhone, Mac: A release of documents from WikiLeaks suggest the CIA has a program that can be used to hack into iPhones and Mac computers. The technique, according to cyber security experts, is one that involves an older model of the devices, and generally requires some physical access. 'The most notable part of this latest WikiLeaks release is that it shows the CIA doing exactly what we pay them to — exploit specific targets with limited attacks to support our national interests,' Rich Mogull, CEO of the security research firm Securosis, told The Associated Press.  5. London terror attack: The man who stabbed and ran over people in a terror attack in London this week was British-born and known to law enforcement authorities, according to officials in the United Kingdom. Khalid Masood, 52, was born Adrian Russel Ajao. He was a Muslim convert, according to some news reports, and was known to security services as 'a peripheral figure, … not part of the current intelligence picture.” And one more Disney head Bob Iger says the next movie in the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Last Jedi,” will not be changed in light of the death of actress Carrie Fisher. 'We had to deal with tragedy at the end of 2016. Carrie appears throughout VIII (“The Last Jedi”). We are not changing VIII to deal with her passing. Iger said fans could see “another decade-and-a-half of “Star Wars” stories” come to the big screen. In case you missed it

The Latest News Videos