Weed it and weap: High-minded Senate wannabe says country should go to pot!

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Talk about a grass-roots campaign!

A Jamaican-American woman from Crown Heights is running for Senate on a one-plank platform: legalize marijuana.

Her slogan? “Tax pot, not people.”

Vivia Morgan, a 43-year-old construction worker, says that legalizing ganja is the first step to righting the social injustices of the world while also providing much-needed jobs and revenue for the state.

“Young guys are standing on the corner selling drugs because there are no jobs out there!” said Morgan. “If we could legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana, maybe they could open up a [weed] store like the liquor stores that are on the corner every three or four blocks!”

Morgan, who is running as an independent under the Anti-Prohibition Party ticket, envisions sticky-icky dispensaries similar to the ones in California, in which people with a prescription can buy grass to their lungs’ content.

“The fact is … our education system needs a lot of help, and we need affordable housing in our communities — a portion of that money [to fill those needs] would come from pot,” said Morgan. “Legalizing pot makes more sense than higher taxes on all New Yorkers.”

But Morgan, who has run her own television show on Brooklyn Community Access, said that she does not mess with the wacky tobacky — and clammed up when we asked the tough question: did she ever inhale?

“I can’t recall,” she replied.

In fact, despite running for public office, Morgan did not wish to share many details about her personal life, saying only that she was married and lived with her son.

Still, this underdog candidate believes her victory is as guaranteed as the munchies after a few tokes of Maui Wowie.

“I’m going to win,” Morgan said. “I don’t have the funds, but I know what the average person is feeling because I am the average person! Once they see that, they’ll relate to me.”

That’s something she can’t say for the incumbent, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.

“I’ve never seen Gillibrand in my community,” Morgan said. “When people ask me who I’m running against, I tell them, and they say ‘who?’”

But will her message fly high with conservative voters upstate? Would Tea Partiers approve of a big-government takeover of the existing cheeba market, which is operating smoothly without state oversight?

“I think a lot of people upstate would appreciate [legalizing it],” Morgan said. “Right now drugs are on the black market — it’s like the days of prohibition! We could be spending our money much more resourcefully than just arresting people for smoking a joint.”

And at least 15,000 people agree with her, as she gathered their signatures with the help of only a small group of supporters (she couldn’t remember the exact number).

But now comes the campaign, and Morgan needs more cash if Mary Jane is ever going to emerge from the shadows in New York.

“I need people to donate — most people running for office have a silver spoon in their mouth! I’m working on a shoe string budget,” Morgan said.

To learn more about Vivia Morgan and her campaign, visit

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Varina from Richmond says:
She's got my vote
Sept. 1, 2010, 5:28 am
kelly from park slope says:
I have been saying this for years- legalize the stuff already! PLUS there is tax money to be made here! Glad she has the guts to com out and say it.
Sept. 1, 2010, 8:20 am
Jabir ibn Hayyan from Park Slope says:
Actually Cindy, it is the prohibitionists who "tell us what we should be doing".
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:07 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
What? No Gillibrand in Brooklyn? Maybe, because there is already a NY Senator who lives in Brooklyn? Didja think of that?
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:07 am
Howard from Park Slope says:
Great idea. Legalize and tax marijuana. Now if she supports term limits she has my vote!
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:28 am
Eddie Mazz from Brooklyn says:
As one of the Many members of the New York Independence Party that support Marijuana reform She Has Our Vote! Jah, Rastafari!!
Sept. 1, 2010, 12:45 pm
Steven Rosenberg from Park Slope says:
As if our society isn't collapsing fast enough--sure, lets go to warp speed! Actually, lets reject morons who think drugs are harmless.
Sept. 1, 2010, 4:25 pm
Sandra from Bushwick says:
More fire!
Sept. 1, 2010, 9:26 pm
Natty Dread from Bushwick says:
Fiyah fi dem! More fiyah!!
Sept. 1, 2010, 9:29 pm
Stacey from Downtown says:
My question is why was her wedding ring off in the first place? Busted affair? Lol
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:33 pm
Ace from Bath Beach says:
The criminalization of drugs is harmful. Drugs are harmless.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:04 pm
Charles from PS says:
We should legalize and tax marijuana, and then start heavily regulating the real killer: alcohol. The only reason marijuana is illegal and alcohol is legal is racism, pure and simple. Ask anyone over the age of 50 years ... marijuana was not considered dangerous (or even considered) until young white kids started to experiment with it. Hate and fear are the reasons why marijuana is illegal. It is time for America to grow up and let freedom ring.
Sept. 2, 2010, 5:05 pm
GreenGenes from Bushwick says:
I think a party has to offer a bit more than one issue. I'm supporting Green Party candidate for Senate ColiaClark
Who has traveled around the state in support of those being prosecuted for marijuana

The other Green Party Senate candidate is also Jamaican American Cecile Lawrence

Yes marijuana should be legal but it's not simply "smoke" either and this is where the candidate and party in the article fails. It's also about industrial hemp and the jobs that can create for upstate farmers and the manufacturing of clothing, rope, etc. The seeds are also a good food source. None of this has anything to do with getting high. It's why I'm voting for the entire Green Party slate.
Sept. 4, 2010, 1 pm

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