Activists in Florida have gathered 148,418 valid petition signatures in their bid to put an adult-use cannabis legalization question to voters next year, CBS News Miami reports. The Smart & Safe Florida committee would need to submit a total of 891,589 signatures to get the issue on 2024 ballots.
The campaign would also need to submit 222,898 signatures to trigger a Florida Supreme Court review of the proposal’s wording on the ballot.
All valid signatures must be submitted by February 1, 2024.
The measure, “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana” would allow individuals 21 and older “to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise,” according to measure language submitted to the state Division of Elections.
Trulieve, the state’s largest medical cannabis company, has donated $15 million to the campaign and is its largest donor. The Smart & Safe Florida campaign is chaired by David Bellamy of the country music duo The Bellamy Brothers.
Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for medical use with 71% of the vote. Past attempts to legalize cannabis for adult use in Florida have failed legal challenges with the state Supreme Court due to the state’s single-subject rule for initiatives.
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