Florida Voters Will Consider Legalizing Cannabis This November

Florida voters will see cannabis legalization on the ballot this November after the state’s Supreme Court rejected the attorney general’s arguments against the amendment’s ballot summary language.

Full story after the jump.

The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved the state’s cannabis legalization amendment for November ballots, ruling against a challenge brought by Attorney General Ashley Moody, USA Today reports.

The campaign behind the legalization amendment submitted the necessary signatures to qualify for the ballot last year but AG Moody asked the court to block the initiative, arguing the amendment’s ballot summary was “misleading to voters.” Five out of seven justices ruled against the attorney general’s challenge — “In light of those limited considerations, we approve the proposed amendment for placement on the ballot,” Justice Jamie Grosshans wrote in the majority opinion, according to the report.

If approved by more than 60% of state voters, the amendment will legalize the possession of up to three ounces of cannabis for personal use and up to five grams of cannabis concentrates; additionally, the state’s current medical dispensaries would be allowed to sell adult-use cannabis. The amendment was brought by the Smart & Safe Florida campaign, which is primarily funded by Trulieve, the state’s largest medical cannabis operator.

“We look forward to supporting this campaign as it heads to the ballot this Fall,” Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers said in the report.

A poll published in December found that 67% of Florida voters reported plans to vote “yes” on the upcoming cannabis legalization amendment.

Florida voters passed the state’s medical cannabis program in 2016 with 71% approval.

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