After seeing his father suffer from emphysema and cancer, a prominent Orlando attorney is backing a push to make medical marijuana legal in Florida.
John Morgan of personal injury firm Morgan and Morgan "has always been in support of it," he said.
"But I've seen it languishing and languishing. There's been a lot of well intentioned people that just needed that little extra to push it across," Morgan said.
Morgan, known for his many television commercials touting his firm with the slogan "For the people," says he's seen first-hand how medical marijuana can help sick people.
His father fought emphysema and cancer before dying about 15 years ago. Morgan said marijuana gave his father a better quality of life his last few months.
"It was a game-changer for him in terms of comfort and appetite," Morgan said.
"I've had so many friends and family who have been cancer victims, glaucoma," he said. "What's wrong with this picture that you'd rather have some kind of manufactured pill that's poisonous than a plant that was put into nature by God that is not addictive, not toxic and not poisonous," Morgan said.
He emphasized he thinks marijuana should clearly, strictly regulated.
"We want to make our language so it's really about medical medicinal purposes. We don't want it to be like California," Morgan said.
Morgan thinks it will take at least $3 million to raise awareness and enough signatures to get medical marijuana on the ballot, so Florida voters can decide whether they want to legalize it.
"It's worth me writing a big check if I have to," Morgan said, although it looks as though he may not have to write as big of a check as he's willing to write.
"Never in my career have I been overwhelmed by the number of calls and emails asking, 'How can we help? We want to collect signatures, we want to join you. ... Let me tell you about my dad. .... Let me tell you about me... ' "
Morgan just wishes medical marijuana was legal when his father used it in his last few months.
Morgan had dinner with President Obama last week. When we asked if he discussed medical marijuana with the president, he said no.
"I don't know that he'd think about it; I don't care what he'd think about it. I love him to death. If he's against me on this, I'll have to agree to disagree with him," Morgan said.