Moody opposes ballot measure to legalize recreational weed

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Attorney General Ashley Moody opposes a constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana in Florida.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Republican attorney general objected to the length of the amendment that would regulate marijuana like alcohol sales if voters adopted the measure in next year’s general election.

“Not only is this proposed amendment longer than Article I of our state Constitution, it is also longer than the prior 30 constitutional amendments combined,” Moody said.

“There is no way ten pages of the law can be summarized clearly in 75 words or less and would adequately convey to the voters what exactly they will be voting on,” Moody said.

“That is why I will ask the Florida Supreme Court to seriously consider the sheer length and ambiguous language chosen by the sponsor when reviewing the legality of this proposed initiative,” she said.

Sensible Florida, the group behind the amendment, has collected 89,229 voter signatures, according to the state Division of Elections. It’s enough to trigger a review of the ballot measure by the Florida Supreme Court.

However, the supporters will need to collect over 766,000 validated signatures by Feb. 1 to secure a place on the ballot along with the approval of the language by the Supreme Court.

The initiative is one of two proposed constitutional amendments seeking to legalize recreational cannabis in Florida. Another measure, known as Make It Legal, is also collecting signatures for its ballot proposal. It is supported by several major marijuana companies, including California-based MedMen.

The Make It Legal initiative has yet to file any voter petitions with the state. But the group has received about $1.2 million in campaign contributions and in-kind support to kick start the collection of enough signatures by the February deadline.

A key difference between the Sensible Florida and the Make It Legal initiatives is that the Sensible proposal would allow Floridians to grow their own cannabis plants.

Florida voters approved the use of medical marijuana in the state in 2016.

The Florida Phoenix took an in-depth look at the state’s burgeoning marijuana industry in this story.


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