Florida Advocates Launch Ballot Drive to Legalize Cannabis

Florida advocates are launching a campaign to legalize cannabis cultivation and use for adults. They need to submit 891,589 valid petition signatures by February 1 to get the question on 2022 ballots.

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Florida advocates are launching a campaign to legalize cannabis cultivation and use for adults after the state Supreme Court blocked a different ballot initiative campaign in April to legalize cannabis broadly, WUSF Public Media reports. The Sensible Florida proposal would allow people 21 or older to grow and use cannabis, with a cap of 18 plants per household, and includes language to prevent lawmakers from limiting the percentage of THC allowed in cannabis and cannabis-based products.

The 5-2 Florida Supreme Court ruling earlier this year determined that the Make it Legal-proposed recreational cannabis legalization ballot initiative would have run afoul of federal law and that constitutional amendments “cannot unequivocally ‘permit’ or authorize conduct that is criminalized under federal law.” The court concluded the initiative was, therefore, “affirmatively misleading” in that it did not do enough to inform voters that cannabis would remain federally prohibited despite state legalization.

The summary of the proposal notes that, if approved, it would “not permit selling marijuana” and “does not immunize federal law violations.”

Sensible Florida would need to submit 891,589 valid petition signatures and get state Supreme Court approval before it could take the proposed constitutional amendment to voters. Advocates would need to submit the signatures by a February 1 deadline to get the question on 2022 ballots. The measure would require approval from 60% of voters.

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