Multistate cannabis company Trulieve has contributed another $500,000 to Smart & Safe Florida, which is leading the campaign to legalize cannabis for adult use in the state, CBS News reports. In all, the firm has donated $39.55 million to the effort.
Trulieve has contributed all but $124.58 of the funds raised by Smart & Safe Florida, the report says, and the committee had spent $39.545 million as of September 30, according to Florida Divisions of Elections data outlined by CBS News.
In court filings opposing the reforms, lawyers for Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who is leading the legal challenge to keep the legalization question off of ballots, claim the proposed constitutional amendment “misleads” voters to benefit Trulieve. In the brief, Solicitor General Henry Whitaker said the ballot summary “misleads in ways that, though sometimes subtle, are likely to influence voters – and to do so in a way that entrenches the sponsor’s monopolistic stranglehold on the marijuana market to the detriment of Floridians.”
The state Supreme Court is set to hear Moody’s challenge to the ballot measure next month.
A poll released last month from the University of South Florida and Florida Atlantic University found that 60% of respondents back adult-use cannabis legalization in the state, with 29% opposed and 11% unsure.
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