Florida adult-use cannabis legalization petition gathers 50,000+ signatures

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An attempt to put adult-use cannabis legalization directly to Florida voters in 2024 has gathered more than 50,000 valid signatures, but the petition still has a long way to go before it gets a place on the ballot.

The constitutional amendment petition, launched in August by Smart & Safe Florida:

  • Needs 891,589 valid signatures to be certified, according to the Florida Division of Elections, plus approval by the state’s highest court.
  • Would permit cannabis possession, purchase and use by adults 21 and older.

Trulieve Cannabis, which dominates Florida’s medical marijuana market, has spent $10 million supporting the petition, according to Orlando TV station WOFL.

Florida voters approved a medical marijuana ballot measure in 2016.

An attempt to get adult-use legalization on the 2020 ballot in Florida failed to reach the required number of verified signatures, and another try to get rec on the 2022 ballot suffered a court loss.