Legalization | 08.02.2022

Road To Legalization: Is Weed Legal In Florida?

No, weed is not legal for recreational purposes in Florida. However, there are efforts underway to legalize it.

If you are caught with weed in Florida, you can be charged with a misdemeanor and face up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. However, first-time offenders may be eligible for a pre-trial intervention program, which could result in the charges being dropped.

Legalization Efforts

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In 2016, a group called Floridians for Freedom filed a petition with the Florida Supreme Court to put an amendment on the 2018 ballot that would legalize weed. The amendment needs around 700,000 signatures to make it on the ballot. So far, they have collected over 200,000 signatures.

If the amendment passes, it would allow adults 21 and over to possess up to an ounce of weed and grow up to six plants for personal use. It would also create a system for regulating and taxing the sale of weed. The amendment needs 60% of voters to approve it in order for it to pass.

The Past

Weed has been legalized for medicinal use in Florida since 2016. In order to qualify, patients must have a debilitating medical condition that causes them chronic pain or makes it difficult for them to perform everyday activities. Medical marijuana can be used in various forms, including oils, edibles, tinctures, and topical creams. It can also be vaporized or smoked.

The Future

The Floridians for Freedom are not the only ones pushing to legalize weed in Florida. In 2017, state senator Jeff Brandes filed a bill that would have legalized recreational weed. The bill did not make it very far and died in committee. However, Brandes has said that he plans to reintroduce the bill in the future.

So far, public opinion polls have shown that a majority of Floridians support the legalization of weed. A poll from 2017 found that 71% of Florida voters support legalizing weed for medicinal use, while 53% support legalizing it for recreational use. With such strong support from the public, it seems likely that Florida will eventually legalize weed in some form or another.

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