Home grows could soon come to the Sunshine State
The movement to fully legalize marijuana in Florida has gathered enough support from voters that the state Supreme Court will now determine if the Amendment can be on the ballot in 2020. Regulate Florida still needs more signatures in order for you to be able to vote for your right to cannabis next year, but this represents the first time recreational marijuana use will be up for review by the supreme court.
“We have a long way to go to get it on the ballot, but we will GET IT DONE TOGETHER!!!” the organization wrote in an email newsletter. “TODAY IS THE 1st VICTORY OF MANY TO COME!!!”
Next, the Florida Supreme Court will review the language of the prospective ballot item, which would regulate weed like alcohol in that marijuana would be legal “for limited use and growing” for anyone 21 years or older. Even if the language is approved, Regulate Florida would still need 766,200 signatures to put the amendment before voters.
The Florida Supreme Court review represents a significant milestone, but Regulate Florida still must hit several other targets to get recreational marijuana on the ballot. According to the group’s chairman, Michael Minardi, the state has 90 days after the court’s certification to complete a financial impact statement on the economic effects of legalizing recreational marijuana. State statutes also call for the Florida secretary of state to send the proposed amendment to Florida’s attorney general, who has 30 days to give an advisory opinion and potentially challenge the validity of the petition.
One of the main components of the Regulate Florida ballot language protects individual rights to grow cannabis in a provate residence. According to the ammendment, the state could NOT PROHIBIT any adult over the age of 18 from growing cannabis in thier home.