John Morgan, tell us how you really feel.
The Orlando uber-attorney, a leading figure behind November’s ballot initiative that seeks to legalize medical marijuana, went toe-to-toe on Thursday with Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd at a debate sponsored by the Lakeland Ledger.
Judd is leader of the Don’t Let Florida Go to Pot coalition.
The debate must have went well for Morgan.
After arguing the merits of Amendment 2, Morgan later visited a “get out the vote” rally, which quickly turned into an “unplugged” confession.
An NSFW one, at that.
Morgan, who admitted he got “fucked up” at Outback Steakhouse after the debate, laid it on the line with the rowdy, mostly young audience.
“Shit happens,” he said.
In a video taken Thursday evening, Morgan – drink in hand – is shown reminiscing about having a “marijuana buzz” and smoking “a lot of grass” when he had “got outside the border of Polk County.”
“For the reefer,” the crowd chanted in response; a play on the famous Morgan & Morgan “For the People” tagline.
“Grady Judd is a good sheriff,” Morgan rambled to the crowd, many of them in their mid-20s. “I won’t disparage Grady Judd.”
“But I’m here for one reason tonight and one reason only … to legalize medical marijuana.”
As he worked the room –and even when drunk, he is a master – Morgan considered the people in the audience his “children” today.
At the 2:30 mark, though, he really tells it to them straight.
“You lazy pieces of … you know what … if you motherfuckers don’t get out and vote … fuck it all … we can’t win, I’m telling you that.”
“If you don’t get out of your goddamn beds and vote,” he added. “We will lose.”
Morgan then gets serious, asking the audience to listen to this “old gray motherfucker.”
He then told the audience about the time got the call when he was 21 years-old, telling him his brother was paralyzed in an accident, and how over the following 23 years, marijuana saved his brother from a life of constant pain.
“I’m not a marijuana guy, but I’m a family guy,” he continued. “I want to ask you, if you do just one thing this Election Day … Get off your motherfucking asses and vote.”
It may not be quite the same “compassionate care” argument heard elsewhere, but it certainly came from Morgan’s heart — or something like that.
Morgan’s new stand up routine is also available on YouTube.