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Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan continues to put his money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
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Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan continues to put his money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Prominent Orlando attorney John Morgan continues to put his money behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would gradually raise Florida’s minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Christian Simmons / WMFE

Supporters of legalized recreational marijuana in Florida just got a big-name backer: high-profile Orlando attorney John Morgan.

Former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and Attorney John Morgan are once again sparring. Morgan continues to slam Gillum over the former Democratic gubernatorial nominee's use of money left over from Gillum’s failed 2018 bid. 

Minimum Wage Hike Doesn’t Draw Arguments

Jun 19, 2019

The Florida Supreme Court will not hold oral arguments on a proposed constitutional amendment that would increase the state’s minimum wage, after it did not receive any briefs on the issue. 

The wealthy Florida attorney who pushed the state initiative legalizing medical marijuana has a new target — increasing the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour.

DeSantis Pushes To End Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

Jan 17, 2019
Abe Aboraya / WMFE

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Thursday that he will push to end a state ban on smoking medical marijuana in Florida.

State Seeks To Uphold Ban On Smoking Medical Marijuana

Aug 7, 2018

Pointing in part to smoking-related health effects, Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office on Friday filed a 57-page brief arguing that an appeals court should uphold a decision by the Legislature to ban smoking medical marijuana. 

State Medical Marijuana Chief Stepping Down

Jul 30, 2018

After three years as a target of ire amid delays and disputes clouding Florida's nascent medical-marijuana industry, Christian Bax is stepping down as the state's pot czar.

Ruling Throws Cold Water On Smokable Pot Case

Jul 5, 2018

Chiding a judge who sided with sick patients and saying plaintiffs likely won’t win on the merits of the case, an appellate court on Tuesday refused to allow smokable medical marijuana while a legal fight continues to play out.

Smokable Medical Marijuana Issue On Hold

Jun 19, 2018

In a widely expected move, an appellate court Monday refused to lift a stay on a Tallahassee judge’s ruling that would allow patients to smoke medical marijuana if their doctors approve it.

A Tallahassee judge on Tuesday lifted a hold on her order finding that Florida patients should be allowed to smoke medical marijuana if their doctors approve it.

Floridians who are eligible to receive medical marijuana will still have to wait a long time to access smokable products if a judge lifts a stay.

Pot Legalization Could Be Key Issue For Democrats

Jun 4, 2018

Three of the state’s top Democratic candidates for governor support legalization of recreational marijuana, and the fourth backs decriminalizing pot for personal use, showing near-consensus on an issue political rainmaker John Morgan said could determine the outcome of the August primary.

The man who led the efforts to allow the use of medical marijuana in Florida two years ago implored Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday to drop the state's opposition to letting patients smoke it.

News Service of Florida

A state law banning patients from smoking medical marijuana is unconstitutional, a Tallahassee judge ruled late Friday.

Medical Marijuana Patient Number Tops 100,000

Apr 23, 2018

Florida’s medical-marijuana patient database has hit the 100,000 mark, according to a weekly update issued by the state Department of Health’s Office of Medical Marijuana Use.

The Ledger

Well-known attorney John Morgan says he's not running for Florida governor.

Suncoast Tiger Bay Club

Orlando attorney John Morgan continued his flirtation with running for governor during a stop Wednesday in St. Petersburg. There, he didn't hide his opinions.

Morgan Challenges Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

Jul 7, 2017

Saying Floridians knew what they were voting on in November, Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan on Thursday followed through on threats to sue the state over a smoking ban included in a new law carrying out a constitutional amendment that broadly legalized medical marijuana.

The Florida Legislature's passage of a bill to enact the state's constitutional amendment expanding the use of medical marijuana has ended one chapter in the battle over setting up regulations for the nascent industry. But pro-pot supporters say it doesn't go far enough.

Orlando attorney and possible gubernatorial candidate John Morgan says he’s prepared to invest in the medical marijuana industry now that it’s about to expland in Florida.


Steve Newborn / WUSF News

He's not running for governor yet - at least not officially - but Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine is sure sounding like one. He spoke Friday afternoon at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, where he called himself a "radical centrist."

Levine acknowledges he'd have a tough time in Florida's closed primaries, which usually favor candidates who lean further to the left or right. The multimillionaire Miami Beach businessman says he might just run as an Independent.

A leader behind last year's passage of a constitutional amendment on medical marijuana in Florida has joined growing calls for Gov. Rick Scott and legislative leaders to hold a special session to finalize rules for its implementation.

Gwen Graham Launches Campaign For Governor

May 2, 2017

Former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham entered the 2018 governor's race on Tuesday, joining a field of Democrats who hope to reclaim an office their party hasn't held in nearly two decades.

"We do not have time for typical politics because this is the time to paint Florida's future in sharp lines and bold colors,” Graham said, making her announcement in a Miami Gardens park next to Miami Carol City Senior High School.

Steve Newborn / WUSF News

Will he or won't he? Attorney John Morgan said little Friday to answer that question about whether he'll run for governor.

During an appearance at the Tampa Tiger Bay Club, Morgan was at times profane, funny and well-opinionated. The Orlando attorney has become ubiquitous not only for his ads blanketing billboards and buses, but his efforts to get an amendment passed that would allow the use of medical marijuana in the state. That experience, he said, gave him a taste of what running for governor would be like.

Morgan, Latvala Test Waters In Governor’s Race

Feb 3, 2017
The Ledger

Speculation about contenders for the 2018 campaign for Florida governor picked up steam Thursday, as trial attorney John Morgan continued to flirt with a bid and a powerful state senator said he might join the fray.

John Morgan Mulls Run For Governor

Nov 17, 2016

He's a blustery rich guy with a penchant for media attention and a catchy slogan.

No, not the guy preparing to move into the White House. We're talking about the one in Orlando whose "For The People" ads are a fixture on television screens, billboards and the sides of buses.

And after lawyer John Morgan shepherded through a constitutional amendment last week to broadly legalize medical marijuana in Florida, rumblings started that he might be a Democratic candidate for governor in 2018.

United For Care’s John Morgan and Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.

United For Care’s John Morgan and substance abuse counselor Jessica Spencer squared off Tuesday night in a televised medical marijuana debate.


Attorney John Morgan brought his medical-marijuana crusade to the nation’s premiere cannabis business trade show Tuesday, captivating a roomful of believers before passing around the collection plate for his cause.

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