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Florida GOP Opposes Marijuana Legalization Amendment

Florida Republicans Reject Amendment 3 Legalization

The battle over marijuana legalization in Florida is heating up as the state's Republican Party gears up to formally oppose Amendment 3, a proposed constitutional initiative that aims to legalize adult-use marijuana sales. Set to be voted on this November, Amendment 3 could transform the cannabis landscape in Florida by allowing existing medical marijuana facilities to sell to adults 21 and over.

GOP Stance on Amendment 3

The Executive Board of Florida's GOP announced its opposition to the amendment during its recent quarterly meeting, citing concerns about children’s safety and potential risks to Florida’s family-oriented business and tourism sectors. The Board claims that Amendment 3 will "put children at risk" and "endanger Florida's family-friendly business and tourism climates."

Governor Ron DeSantis echoed these concerns, pledging to bolster 'counter-messaging' efforts to challenge the measure. At a recent press conference, he argued that legalizing adult-use marijuana would negatively affect Floridians' quality of life.

What Amendment 3 Proposes

Amendment 3 seeks to amend the state Constitution to allow existing medical cannabis businesses to:

  • Sell marijuana to adults aged 21 and older.

  • The measure permits the legal possession of up to three ounces of marijuana.

  • No more than five grams in concentrate form.

  • Home cultivation remains off-limits.

The multi-state cannabis company Trulieve provided substantial funding for the initiative, which requires a supermajority (60 percent) voter approval to become law.

The Current Legal Landscape

Florida maintains strict marijuana possession laws, classifying possession of more than 20 grams as a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison. Smaller amounts are considered a misdemeanor and can lead to up to a year behind bars.

Despite the recent push for legalization, state agencies have not submitted comprehensive marijuana-related arrest data to the FBI for several years. Historically, Florida has been one of the top states for marijuana-related arrests.

Stay Ahead of the Politics

Make sure you're prepared by getting or renewing your Florida medical cannabis card and navigating the evolving political landscape with confidence. Get or renew your Florida medical cannabis cards today!

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