One of the groups seeking to legalize weed in Florida ends its 2020 ballot effort

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One of the groups seeking to allow the adult use of cannabis in Florida has dropped its effort to put the issue on the 2020 ballot.

The Regulate Florida initiative said in a letter to supporters that it will not be able to gather the required 766,200 voter signatures by the Feb. 1 deadline to qualify as a ballot initiative next year.

“The sad reality is that we are not going to be able to meet that deadline,” the group said.

As of Monday, the Regulate Florida campaign had 92,504 validated signatures, according to the state Division of Elections.

The group, which wants recreational marijuana regulated like alcohol sales, says it will turn its focus to getting the proposed state constitutional amendment before voters in a future election.

“Depending on what happens during both the [2020] election and the legislative session, which starts Jan. 14, we will be back with Regulate Florida,” the group said. “We will continue to advocate for adult use for all Floridians and pursue an agenda that includes home cultivation, employee protections, social consumption, expungement of criminal records pertaining to marijuana offenses, and more.”

Another group, Make It Legal Florida, continues to collect signatures to put its recreational cannabis measure before voters next year. The Florida Phoenix reported on its efforts in this recent story.

One of the major differences between the two measures is that Regulate Florida would allow home cultivation of marijuana, while Make It Legal Florida would restrict the growing and sales to licensed marijuana companies.

As of Monday, Make It Legal Florida had gathered 159,581 validated signatures for its ballot proposal, according to the state Division of Elections.