Florida AG Likely to Contest Upcoming Adult-Use Cannabis Ballot Proposal

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has submitted the legalization ballot proposal being circulated by advocates to the state Supreme Court, seemingly to signal she would argue the proposal doesn’t meet legal requirements to appear before voters.

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Florida’s attorney general on Monday submitted the proposed adult-use cannabis legalization measure to the state Supreme Court and seemingly signaled that she would argue the proposal doesn’t meet legal requirements to be put on ballots, WOKV reports. In the filing, Attorney General Ashley Moody wrote that she believes “the proposed amendment fails to meet the requirements” and that she planned to “present an additional argument through a briefing at the appropriate time.” 

The legalization campaign, Smart & Safe Florida, has collected more than the required number of petition signatures to trigger the state Supreme Court review and is nearing the threshold required to put the issue on 2024 ballots.  

The Supreme Court review determines whether proposed constitutional amendments are limited to single subjects and whether the proposed ballot language is clear. 

The proposal, the “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana,” would allow people 21 or older “to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise.” 

As of Monday, the campaign has submitted 786,747 validated signatures to get the issue on ballots next year, according to the Florida Division of Elections website. The campaign needs at least 891,523 valid signatures to qualify for ballots.   

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