Recreational Marijuana May Become Legal In Florida
Marijuana advocates in Florida are taking action to put adult-use legalization before voters in 2022. This is being with the filing of a petition with the state. Which came after the prior version of this legislation was shot down by the state Supreme Court earlier this year. This proposal was granted the ability to acquire supporting signatures last week. This bill would permit those 21 and older to use and possess cannabis. As well an added measure to the bill is you can also cultivate up to nine plants for personal use. Although this initiative would not be approved for the sale of retail marijuana.
Regulate Florida is leading the campaign and doing so with a firm approach. The organization has emphasized that there is a small window to get enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. Activists must initially accumulate 222,898 authentic signatures. Which would be used to prompt a judicial and fiscal impact review. Next, they’ll need a total of 891,589 signatures to be on the ballot.
That first obstacle has created problems for advocates so far. Following the state attorney general’s office asking for a judicial review of the group’s prior legalization initiative. To which they also filed briefs opposing the petitions—the state Supreme Court rejected it, as well. Which was an independent reform proposal from an industry-backed campaign, because authorities thought the language misleading. The new initiative aims to circumvent the court’s particular disputes with the previous measures.
Pushing For The Adult Use Of Cannabis In Florida
A majority of justices determined that the ballot versions were “affirmatively misleading”. Mainly due to the adult-use cannabis being declared lawful in the state. Specifically without directly recognizing that it would stay prohibited under federal law. Regulate Florida has now come forth to show there is zero in its new initiative that “purports to give immunity under federal law.”
The group also eliminated language on “limited use” of marijuana that drove the court to deny its initial proposal earlier this year.
If this proposal finds its way onto the ballot a minimum of 60 percent of Florida registered voters will need to approve it for it to be law. A recent census showed that 59 percent of the bulk of Florida voters stand behind legalizing recreational marijuana in the state. What this shows is advocates will have much work to do based on this poll if the measure qualifies. More so in a midterm period with demographics that are more likely to support marijuana reform. As well they would be less likely to turn out than in presidential election years.
Final Thoughts On Florida Going Full Rec In 2021
In an entirely different effort Make It Legal Florida, also had its legalization proposal rejected. Wich was done so by the court this year.
Cannabis supporters had the intention to get the bill on the ballot back in 2020.c However they stated earlier in 2020 that they were moving their attention to 2022. This was because of the restrictive signature-gathering specifications.
It’s not yet apparent if that group plans to file a new measure for next year’s ballot. This group was afforded the tools and funding and collected considerably more signatures on its petition. In comparison to what Regulate Florida had on its previous attempt. Florida is just one of the many states in the nation where supporters are hoping to put cannabis reform in front of voters in 2022.
Will Florida Go Full Rec In 2022?
If things can work out for the state Florida could very well be in an even better position. With the possibility of going full rec, it would open more doors for Florida’s legal marijuana market. Not just with the chance at seeing more cannabis businesses open but the possible increase in the demand for marijuana. Which can lead to generating more revenue and tax money in the state. This will also offer the opportunity for more MSO cannabis companies to take their shot inside of Florida’s growing marijuana market. It seems that state-level legislation is growing around the country as more states may be next to legalize marijuana.
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