Florida Supreme Court Approves Cannabis Legalization Proposal For November Election In Blow To DeSantis – – Benzinga


The Florida Supreme Court on Monday approved a recreational marijuana constitutional amendment on which voters will decide in the November 2024 election.

The proposal, known as Amendment 3, would legalize the “non-medical personal use of marijuana products and marijuana accessories by an adult” 21 or older. The proposal would take effect — if approved by at least 60% of the voters in November — beginning in May 2025. Monday’s state Supreme Court decision was reported by the Tallahassee Democrat.

The seven justices, five of them appointed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, had until April 1 to decide whether the proposed citizen initiative amendments satisfied two tests: is the ballot language “clear and unambiguous,” and whether the amendment addressed only a single subject.

Florida AG Opposed Cannabis Ballot Measure

Florida’s Republican Attorney General Ashley Moody regularly criticized the cannabis initiative brought by advocacy group Smart & Safe, which has spent over $40 million, much of which was provided by Trulieve Cannabis TCNNF.

One of Moody’s main complaints about the ballot initiative has been that it did not explicitly spell out the fact that cannabis is illegal at the federal level, which she has called “misleading.”

In light of the challenges to the proposed ballot language as misleading, the

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