recreational marijuana

Brandes speaks on the Senate floor
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Sen. Jeff Brandes (R-St.Petersburg) wants to legalize marijuana for adult use and also clear simple possession cannabis charges for those convicted across the state. It’s the first time a Republican has sponsored such legislation in Florida.

A display of Medical Marijuana at Fluent in Tallahassee, FL.
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A 2017 law challenging Florida’s medical marijuana industry plays a big part over what may happen with medical or recreational marijuana in Florida during the 2020 legislative session. The lawsuit is being brought by Florigrown a Tampa-based firm which was denied a license from the state. Cannabis Wire’s Shawn Mulcahy talks about the current status of that case and the impact it could have on the upcoming session.

A display of Medical Marijuana at Fluent in Tallahassee, FL.
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Florida currently allows medical marijuana use and St. Petersburg Republican Senator Jeff Brandes thinks it’s time to take the next step to recreational. The drug is currently legal in 11 states for recreational use, and the majority of states allow medical marijuana.

"I would be shocked if we don’t have adult use in Florida by 2024 just via the constitutional amendment," says Brandes. "I think it’s time for the legislature to take this issue on so we’re going to be proposing legislation this year that would allow for adult use cannabis in Florida."

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Regulate Florida says it won’t make a February 1 signature deadline for a marijuana legalization amendment on the state’s November 2020 ballot.

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Attorney General Ashley Moody is challenging a proposed 2020 amendment that would legalize marijuana for adults over the age of 21.

Regulate Florida wants the state to treat cannabis like alcohol.
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Floridians may have two marijuana initiatives on the 2016 ballot.  The organization Regulate Florida is pushing to legalize adult recreational use of the drug.