Recreational marijuana ballot initiative posts 50k signatures, but needs 841,000 more

by | Nov 30, 2022

  • 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.

1 Comment

  1. Brian Kelly

    Cannabis consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide Federally Now!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national cannabis policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-cannabis, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Cannabis, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Cannabis possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through cannabis home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose cannabis, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Cannabis Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

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