Florida Cannabis Legalization Campaign Reaches Signature Threshold to Put Issue to Voters

The campaign to legalize adult-use cannabis in Florida via a voter initiative has secured enough signatures to put the issue on the state ballot.

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The Florida campaign seeking to put an adult-use cannabis question to voters in 2024 has surpassed the signature threshold to get the issue on ballots, according to Florida Division of Elections data.  

Meeting the quota represents a major benchmark for the campaign but state Attorney General Ashley Moody has already moved to challenge the proposal in the state Supreme Court, and the court has indicated it will review her challenge. Moody plans to argue that the ballot measure violates the state’s single-subject rule on ballot measures for constitutional amendments.    

The constitutional amendment, proposed by Smart & Safe Florida, gathered 967,528 valid signatures – more than 70,000 above the requirement to get on the ballot. The campaign had spent $38.4 million through April to get the new measure on the ballot, according to a Politico report. Multistate cannabis company Trulieve Inc. is the only campaign’s only donor.  

In a statement to Politico, Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said the company is “thrilled the campaign has made this milestone and look forward to seeing this initiative on the ballot next November.”

“Our investment demonstrates our firm belief that Floridians are ready to experience the freedom to use cannabis for personal consumption; a freedom which is currently enjoyed by more than half of America’s adults.” — Rivers to Politico 

Under the proposal, adults 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to three ounces of cannabis for personal use and current medical cannabis dispensaries would be allowed to sell cannabis for adult use. 

A previous legalization initiative in 2019 was ultimately blocked by the state Supreme Court for violating the state’s single-subject rule. 

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