Libertarian Party of Florida endorses recreational marijuana legalization initiative

by | Jul 10, 2024

The Libertarian Party of Florida has endorsed a constitutional ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, but calls for further reforms including the right to homegrown cannabis and deregulation of the industry.

The Libertarian Party of Florida on Tuesday formally endorsed a constitutional ballot initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

According to a statement released by party leadership, its support is predicated upon their belief that individuals should have the right to make their own decisions regarding cannabis without government involvement.

“This amendment reflects the growing recognition that individuals should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding cannabis use. By supporting Amendment 3, we affirm our commitment to personal liberty and the right to make decisions free from government interference,” said Matthew Johnson, the Libertarian Party’s Vice Chair & Communications Committee Chair, as well as a candidate for Florida State House District 29.

Despite their support, the party notes that Amendment 3 does not address all their goals, which includes the right to homegrown cannabis, allowing individuals to cultivate their own plants. This, they argue, would give people more control over their supply and reduce reliance on commercial sources.

The party also calls for deregulation of the cannabis industry, describing current regulations as overly restrictive and hindering innovation under the belief that a less regulated market would benefit consumers and small businesses by creating a more competitive environment.

“While Amendment 3 is a commendable advance, it does not go far enough. We must continue to advocate for the right to homegrown cannabis, allowing Floridians to cultivate their own plants for personal use,” Johnson wrote in the party’s statement. “Furthermore, deregulation is crucial. The current regulatory framework surrounding cannabis is excessively burdensome and stifles innovation and entrepreneurship.”

The Libertarian Party has also adopted a free-market approach to cannabis, with minimal government interference. They argue that this structure would improve product quality, increase diversity, and lower prices, making cannabis more accessible.

The ballot initiative, Amendment 3, backed by Smart & Safe Florida and heavily funded by cannabis retailer Trulieve, aims to permit adults aged 21 and older to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products for non-medical use.

The amendment requires 60 percent voter approval to pass.

A University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab poll published in November suggests strong support for the amendment’s approval, with 67 percent of respondents in favor the purchase and possession of small amounts.

The Republican Party of Florida took a formal stance against the legalization of recreational marijuana in May during the party’s Executive Board meeting in Orlando.


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