With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Minnesota going into effect today, 24 states now have some sort of protection for users of recreational cannabis. These states are benefiting from a significant boost to underfunded public schools, law enforcement agencies, mental health programs and other priorities. Furthermore, local economies, in every town, large and small, benefit from good paying jobs and new sales tax dollars that will stay in local communities.
The 2024 constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational cannabis in Florida is being led by the group Smart and Safe Florida. According to the Florida Division of Elections website, more than 1 million signatures have been submitted to the supervisors of elections offices.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis opposes the measure. He told a crowd in South Carolina last week that he’s against decriminalizing cannabis because “it’s very controversial because obviously there are some people who abuse it and are using it recreationally.”
To clarify – the Governor is opposed to legalizing recreational marijuana use because some people will use it recreationally.
Florida Attorney General Moody also opposes the ballot measure and is helping the Governor stop it from appearing on the ballot.
Moody feels that if voters were to approve of legalizing recreational marijuana use in Florida – the state Department of Health, who has sole authority to regulate the marijuana market currently “will apparently lack the same authority over the recreational marijuana market.”
She also fears that people may think, if the ballot passes, that greater competition would decrease retail prices and increase the professionalism of cannabis producers and retailers.
Apparently, Moody feels these are bad things.
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