Florida Cannabis Act (Recreational Marijuana 2018) YourCannaLife

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The Florida Cannabis Act (#16-02, formerly #15-19) may appear on the ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment on November 6, 2018. The amendment was not put on the ballot in Florida as an initiated constitutional amendment during the election on November 8, 2016.[1]

The amendment would legalize possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by residents at least 21 years old. Residents would also be allowed to cultivate up to six plants per household, but only three or fewer plants could be mature or flowering. The plants would need to be grown in “an enclosed, locked space,” and users would not be permitted to sell the plants they grow.

Under the amendment, marijuana would be treated like alcohol—it would be prohibited for residents under 21 years of age, consumers would need to show proof of age before purchasing marijuana from retail facilities and it would be illegal for anyone to drive while impaired or under the influence of marijuana. The amendment also outlines regulations for marijuana cultivation, retail marijuana sales, and manufacturing marijuana products.[1]

Although this marijuana legalization initiative did not qualify for the ballot in 2016, Amendment 2, a medical marijuana legalization measure, was put on the ballot. For more information about Amendment 2, click here.

Text of measure

Ballot title

The proposed title is as follows:[2]

Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol to Establish Age, Licensing, and Other Restrictions.[3]

Ballot summary

The proposed ballot summary is as follows:[2]

Regulates marijuana (hereinafter “cannabis”) for limited use and growing by persons twenty-one years of age or older. State shall adopt regulations to issue, renew, suspend, and revoke licenses for cannabis cultivation, product manufacturing, testing and retail facilities. Local governments may regulate facilities’ time, place and manner and, if state fails to timely act, may license facilities. Does not affect compassionate use of low-THC cannabis, nor immunize federal law violations.[3]

Full text

Read the full text of the petition here.[2]

Support

Marijuana advocacy group Sensible Florida created the ‘’’Regulate Florida’’’ campaign to support the 2016 version of the measure.[4][2] Sensible Florida is also sponsoring the 2018 version.[5]

Arguments

Sensible Florida argued that the 2016 version of the amendment would have created a regulated system to prevent minors from accessing marijuana, curtail impaired driving, create jobs, and allow the state to use law enforcement resources for other issues.[4]

After Colorado voters approved the responsible use of cannabis by adults in the 2012 election (Amendment 64)

their state's tourism sharply increased, under age usage of marijuana

went down, the economy grew significantly stronger, and crime rate

decreased.[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing the initiative process in Florida

In Florida, signature requirements for qualifying an initiative for the ballot are based on the total number of votes cast during the most recent presidential election. Sponsors must collect a number equal to 8 percent of this total and in accordance with certain distribution requirements. Signatures can remain valid up to two years after the date they were signed, but they must be verified by February 1 of the targeted year, and therefore must be submitted prior to that date.

2016

Supporters needed to collect a minimum of 68,314 valid signatures to have the petition reviewed by the Attorney General of Florida and 683,149 signatures to qualify the measure for the November 2016 ballot. The Regulate Florida campaign announced in December 2015 that it would not be able to obtain the required number of signatures. Campaign manager Michael Minardi said, “We had an uphill battle, honestly with getting a million signatures realistically from the end of August until December. We did believe with the movement and the momentum that we had that we could get this done, but unfortunately, we don’t think we’re going to at this point.”[6][7]

2018

The 2018 version of the amendment was approved on March 17, 2016. Supporters need to submit 753,603 valid signatures by February 1, 2018, in order to qualify the measure for the ballot.

The deadline for signatures to be certified by the Florida secretary of state in order to qualify initiated constitutional amendments for the 2016 Florida ballot was set by law to be February 1, 2016. Since state law gives the secretary of state 30 days to verify signatures, petitioners need to submit signatures on or before January 1, 2018, to guarantee that an initiative qualify for the ballot in 2018.

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