- The backers of a ballot measure that would ask voters to legalize recreational marijuana is making slow but steady progress
- More than 49,000 have signed petitions supporting the measure, but Florida law requires 891,589 to get on the ballot
- The group has about a year to gain the remainder and have them validated
- Trulieve is the largest backer of the campaign, with more than $10 million committed so far
Nearly 50,000 valid petition signatures have been submitted to the state in an effort to pass a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational use of marijuana, according to numbers posted Wednesday on the Florida Division of Elections website.
The initiative, spearheaded by the Smart & Safe Florida political committee, totaled 49,692 valid signatures. The “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana” proposal 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.”
Backers are trying to get the proposal on the 2024 ballot, eight years after voters approved a measure authorizing medical marijuana. To reach the ballot, the political committee will have to submit 891,589 valid signatures and receive Florida Supreme Court approval of proposed wording. Trulieve, the state’s largest medical-marijuana company, has spent $10 million on the initiative, records show.