The group Regulate Florida has gotten approval from the Department of State, Division of Elections in Florida to begin gathering signatures for their recreational cannabis legalization measure in an attempt to get it on the 2016 ballot.
The RF measure would legalize recreational marijuana possession and purchasing for those 21 years of age and older of up to an ounce and allow adults to grow up to six plants at home after they purchase the required license.
Now the real work of collecting over 683,000 signatures begins. RF’s measure could end up on the same ballot as a medical marijuana bill from the group United for Care, which is backed by powerful Orlando attorney John Morgan. United for Care is the same group who came close to legalizing medical cannabis in Florida in 2014.
United for Care campaign manager Ben Pollara released a statement in regards to Regulate Florida.
"I know firsthand that getting on the ballot by petition is a Herculean task that they are taking on, and I wish Karen (Goldstein) and Michael (Minardi) the best of luck in this endeavor,” he said. “United for Care remains entirely dedicated to passing a strong medical marijuana law that serves sick and suffering Floridians, and we have not and will not take a position regarding this new amendment.”
RF is urging activists and supporters in the state to print out petitions for signature and to make sure they fill out all of the required fields to make sure their petition counted as valid. They are also seeking volunteers statewide to gather signatures.
Marijuana legalization in Florida would be a huge milestone for the movement and could possibly open up the rest of the southeast to the idea of legalization. Not to mention it would bring relief and freedom to millions of Florida residents.