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Crist disagrees with John Morgan over medical marijuana blow-up, calls Wasserman Schultz 'great'



Updated with more clarity from the Crist campaign:

Charlie Crist doesn't agree with John Morgan's decidedly negative take on Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, aroused after she expressed concern with the medical marijuana ballot initiative.

"DWS is great," Crist spokesman Kevin Cate said in a statement to the Buzz. But Crist does disagree with the congresswoman's position on the issue.

"Unlike Rick Scott, we believe that doctors should have the right, if they deem it medically beneficial, to prescribe medicinal marijuana to their patients," Cate said. "It's an issue of compassion."

Morgan, who hired Crist at his law firm and is a major Democratic donor, ripped Wasserman Schultz last week. “I know personally the most powerful players in Washington, D.C. And I can tell you that Debbie Wasserman Schultz isn’t just disliked. She’s despised. She’s an irritant," he told the Miami Herald.

“Why she’s trying to undermine this amendment I don’t know,” he went on. “But I’ll tell you I will never give a penny or raise a penny for the national party while she’s in leadership. And I have given and helped raise millions.”

Cate further explained Crist's position saying, "Governor Crist is friends with the Congresswoman and John Morgan. While he disagrees with her on this issue, Governor Crist also disagrees with John's comments. He believes Debbie is doing a terrific job as Chair of the Democratic Party."

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[Last modified: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 2:05pm]


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