CREATED Feb. 27, 2014
FORT MYERS, Fla. - The head of Morgan & Morgan Law Firm pushed pot "for the people" of Florida in Fort Myers Thursday night.
John Morgan aknowledged it's been tough to convince Florida voters to legalize medical marijuana this November.
A year into his personal fight, he's now invested $4 million of his own money.
Morgan says, he may have bit off more than he can chew, but that makes it all the more reason to forge ahead in the final stretch.
"If we didn't change our minds, the world would still be flat," Morgan told the crowd at a gathering of the Tiger Bay Club of Southwest Florida in Fort Myers.
"No drug works like marijuana," Morgan said. "I don't know why. It just does."
"When you got in this fight did you imagine it would turn out the way it has thus far?" asked reporter Kelli Stegeman.
"No," responded Morgan. "I did not think I would have this much money put in. I thought I'd have a bunch of people that would join me."
That's why he's traveling across the state. He's hoping to change minds and encourage people to vote.
He has an uphill battle. In order to pass, 60% of voters must be in favor.
"We're going to have to win this thing in a landslide, and that's not easy," Morgan told the crowd.
In fact, he says, none of this has been easy.
"There is a certain burden that came with it that I just soon not have had," said Morgan. "But I thought, you know, I'm 3/4 across the lake. I just need to swim like crazy and kick my legs."
So what does he have to say to critics who worry medical marijuana could open doors to even bigger problems?
He told the crowd Thursday that's like saying appetizers are a gateway to obesity. Adding we might as well ban Swedish meatballs.
Morgan says win or lose, it's getting the conversation started.
His next step includes bringing in more investors, a bus tour to register people to vote and a TV ad campaign to gear up for the vote in November.