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Florida is pushing hard to get recreational marijuana on the 2024 ballot. Backers of the proposed amendment have submitted more than 420,000 signatures. As “lit” as that number sounds, that’s only about halfway there. The committee would need at least 891,589 signatures to get on the ballot.

The proposed “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana” would allow people 21 years or older to “possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise.” Personally, I think recreational marijuana could bring a ton of revenue to the state. It could also bring in a lot of tourists (not like Florida needs many more of those).

Voters approved medical marijuana in 2016. It seems like ever since then dispensaries keep popping up all around Tampa Bay. Starting this year, medical marijuana patients in Florida can pick up their “medicine” at local gas stations. Trulieve, Florida’s largest medical-marijuana operator, has spent $25 million to get the proposal on the ballot. Most of the money went towards petition-related expenses.

To become a medical marijuana patient in Florida you have to fit this criteria:

  • Be 21 years of age or older
  • Prove Florida residency
  • Be diagnosed with a qualifying health condition by a qualified physician
  • Be entered into the Medical Marijuana Use Registry
  • Obtain a Medical Marijuana Use Registry Identification Card

[Source: Creative Loafing]