Group seeking approval for recreational pot mails petitions to voters

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With time growing short, advocates of an initiative seeking to make recreational marijuana use legal in Florida are mailing petitions to voters this week seeking signatures to place the proposal on next year’s general-election ballot.

The Make It Legal initiative will have to collect at least 766,200 validated signatures by Feb. 1 in order to place the measure before voters. Several major marijuana companies, including MedMen of California, are backing the proposal, which will also have to pass a Florida Supreme Court review before it can reach the ballot.

“The tide is changing on adult-use. Florida voters are more accepting than ever of regulated use of marijuana for adults 21 years and older,” Nick Hansen, chairman of Make it Legal Florida, said in a statement. “As part of Make it Legal Florida’s efforts, we are making it easier than ever for Florida voters to make their voices heard. Each targeted voter will receive a personalized mail piece with their name and address already printed on the form so all they have to do is sign, date and return.”

The petitions are also available on the Make It Legal Florida website.

If approved by 60 percent of the voters next year, the state constitutional amendment would allow Floridians over the age of 21 to purchase cannabis from licensed medical marijuana treatment centers, which now provide the drug as part of the state’s medical cannabis program.

Another group, Sensible Florida, is also advancing a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana and regulate it like alcohol sales. The major difference is the Sensible Florida measure would allow consumers to grow their own cannabis plants. The Sensible Florida website is here.

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