The efforts of making marijuana legal for recreational use could have a fighting chance in the long run with a team of marijuana activists coming forward with ballot initiatives aimed at legalizing marijuana in 2016 elections. One of this activists, Regulate Florida, an organization that seeks to make legal prevention of marijuana in Florida has already set out the path to 2016 elections by gathering signatures of voters.
There are 2 billsproposed in Florida that would make Florida the first state to legalize marijuana for recreational use through the government rather than by vote that would pass it into law. The bill would allow marijuana to create a taxed and regulated market just like it is with alcohol. This would mean marijuana retailstore would be allowed to open up all across the state like it is in Colorado. This law would legalize cultivation, and effectually invalidate its federal ban. The proposal which is commonly known by its name the “Florida Cannabis Act,” is in contradiction of the state legislature, which fails to give a modification to marijuana laws.
The actif passed would permitcitizens who are 21 years or above to:
- Possess, use and transportationof marijuana equipment up to 2.5 ounces.
- Transfer without afee up to 2.5 ounces and up to 6 seedlings of marijuana to another person who is 21 years and above
- Possess, cultivate, process, or transport up to 6 marijuana plants, and seedlings as well as possess marijuana produced by the plants in the households where they were grown.
- Grow as many as six plants for personal use per household.
- Buy up to 2.5 ounces, up to 6 seedlings, and marijuana equipment from a marijuana retail store.
In due course, on condition that Regulate Florida succeed to collect the necessary 683,000 approved signatures, the voting residents could probably be in a position to make a choice on whether they would like better to legalize marijuana exclusively for medicinal use or for recreational use as well. Even with a short deadline till February next year, Regulate Florida has to still gather the required valid signatures needed to earn a position in the ballot in the November 2016 election.
However, these sort of campaigns are extremely costly, the group has to raise a lot of money to give them fighting chance. For instance, last year’s slim failure of Amendment 2, which failed by a mere 2%, United for Care supposedlyraised up to over $4 million only to gather the numerous signatures compulsory to get a position on the ballot. More so, both Regulate Florida and United for Care may similarly be forced to deal with the misunderstanding that will come for having two marijuana-interrelated bills in the elections. Though the ballot language may be entirely understood by all voters, which could also be hardly be the case, the subject could definitely divide those who only support marijuana for medical use and those who want it totally abolished, threatening the chances for either petitions to pass.
However, if Regulate Florida is succeeds at getting a position in the 2016 elections, and if voters come out to support, the state legislature would be obliged to start give out licenses to growers and dispensaries by 2017.
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