TALAHASSEE, FL – Cannabis proponents in Florida have reached a significant milestone, securing enough signatures to include a recreational cannabis amendment on the ballot in 2024.
According to Politico, the constitutional amendment received a total of 967,528 valid signatures, surpassing the requirement by more than 70,000.
Smart & Safe Florida invested $38.4 million, funded by Trulieve Inc., a major player in the medical marijuana industry, to secure a spot on the ballot.
“We are thrilled the campaign has made this milestone and look forward to seeing this initiative on the ballot next November,” said Trulieve CEO Kim Rivers.
If passed, the proposed amendment would grant individuals aged 21 and above the right to possess up to three ounces of cannabis. Additionally, medical marijuana treatment centers, which gained legalization in 2016, would be permitted to sell marijuana for recreational use.
Florida State Attorney General Ashley Moody, who previously opposed a 2022 marijuana legalization proposal, has submitted the 2024 amendment to the Florida Supreme Court. Moody contends that the proposal’s compliance with state law is questionable, particularly in terms of the mandated “clear and unambiguous language.”
As of June, 2023, recreational cannabis has been legalized in 21 states, and medical marijuana has been approved in some form in 37 states. However, cannabis still remains illegal at a Federal level.