CBS News Miami reported that activists in Florida have collected 148,418 valid petition signatures in an effort to put an issue about the legalization of cannabis for adult use before voters in 2018. In order for the issue to appear on 2024 ballots, the Smart & Safe Florida organization would need to submit 891,589 valid signatures.
To have the Florida Supreme Court examine the ballot language, the campaign would need to present 222,898 signatures.
The deadline for submitting valid signatures is February 1, 2024.
The measure, “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana” would allow individuals 21 and older “to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise, mentioned in the measure language submitted to the state Division of Elections.
Trulieve, the state’s largest medical cannabis company, has provided $15 million to the campaign and is its largest donor. David Bellamy, one half of the country music group The Bellamy Brothers, is the campaign’s chairperson, according to a report in Ganjapreneur.
Florida voters in 2016 approved a constitutional amendment to legalize cannabis for medical purposes with 71% of the vote. Past attempts to legalize cannabis for adult use in Florida have failed legal challenges with the state Supreme Court due to the state’s single-subject requirement for initiatives.