Aug 262015
 August 26, 2015

regulate florida marijuana legalizationNews broke today that a marijuana legalization initiative’s language was approved in Florida. The campaign can now start accepting signatures for the initiative. As many learned during the 2014 campaign, Florida requires a lot of signatures. Much more than a lot of other states. Gathering enough signatures to get the legalization initiative on the ballot will not be easy, and will not be cheap. But with that being said, it’s absolutely a worthwhile endeavor. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by those over 21 years old, and would legalize the cultivation of up to six plants (3 mature) per household. Below is the full initiative language. Visit RegulateFlorida.com to learn more:

BALLOT TITLE: Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol to Establish Age, Licensing, and Other Restrictions.

BALLOT SUMMARY: Regulates marijuana (hereinafter “cannabis”) for limited use and growing by persons twenty-one
years of age or older. State shall adopt regulations to issue, renew, suspend, and revoke licenses for cannabis cultivation,
product manufacturing, testing and retail facilities. Local governments may regulate or prohibit facilities by vote, and license
facilities if state fails to timely act. Does not permit industrial hemp cultivation, affect compassionate use of low-THC
cannabis, nor immunize federal law violations.

ARTICLE AND SECTION BEING CREATED OR AMENDED: Article X, Section 29
FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT:
ARTICLE X, SECTION 29. Florida Cannabis Act —
(a) Purpose and findings.
(1) Short title. On the effective date of this amendment, it shall be known as the “Florida Cannabis Act.”
(2) In the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes, and individual freedom, the people of the
State of Florida find and declare that the use of cannabis should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older.
(3) In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the State of Florida further find and declare that cannabis should be
regulated in a manner similar to alcohol so that:
a. Consumers will have to show proof of age before purchasing cannabis;
b. Selling, distributing, or transferring cannabis to minors under the age of twenty-one shall remain illegal;
c. Driving while impaired under the influence of cannabis shall remain illegal;
d. Only legitimate, taxpaying business people will conduct sales of cannabis; and
e. Cannabis sold in this state will be labeled and subject to additional regulations to ensure that consumers are informed and protected.
(4) The people of the State of Florida further find and declare that it is necessary to ensure consistency and fairness in the application of this section
throughout the state and that, therefore, the matters addressed by this section are, except as specified herein, matters of statewide concern.
(b) Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) “Cannabis” means all parts of the plant of the genus Cannabis, as defined in s. 893.02(3), Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended. The term does not
include “low-THC cannabis,” as defined in s. 381.986, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended (the Compassionate Use of low-THC Cannabis Act), if
manufactured, possessed, sold, purchased, delivered, distributed, or dispensed, in conformance with s. 381.986, for medicinal purposes for persons of
all ages. Nothing in this definition or this section shall be deemed to permit the cultivation of the plant of the genus Cannabis as a raw material for
use of its fiber or pectin, or its structural polymers (the polysaccharides cellulose and hemicelluloses and the aromatic polymer lignin) for any
industrial purpose, including the preparation of functionalized textiles, or for any purpose other than human consumption.
(2) “Cannabis cultivation facility” means an entity licensed to cultivate, prepare, and package cannabis and sell cannabis to retail cannabis stores, to
cannabis product manufacturing facilities, and to other cannabis cultivation facilities, but not to consumers.
(3) “Cannabis establishment” means a cannabis cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a retail
cannabis store.

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  26 Responses to “Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Starts In Florida”

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    Finally a proposal that makes a ton of sense. RO could have learned a lot from this proposal.

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    There is another legalization initiative as well underway in Florida. http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/64648-3.pdf

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      don’t listen to this a$$. he is a prohibitionist from ohio. there he was also preaching the wait until next year baloney. bewzre of this dumba$$.

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        Funny thing is you don’t have to listen to me, asshole. I have provided the actual link to the proposal’s language directly to Florida’s Department of Elections.

        And let’s get one thing straight, moron, I am not a prohibitionist of legalization. But I am for prohibiting you and your organization RO from cornering a market to line your greedy fucking pockets at the expense of the tax payers in Ohio. But I am sure you will come back and deny having any involvement in RO whatsoever.

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          there you go with insults again. last time you could’nt take the heat and sobbing like a spanked two year old. go back to ohio and stay. you wait til next year, prohibitionist cry baby.

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            Gee, I believe you started with the insults and name calling did you not? And again, please explain how someone who is against an oligopoly trying to corner the market in Ohio is considered a prohibitionist? A prohibitionist would be someone who wants no legalization no matter what concessions are made. Saber is a prohibitionist. I am no where near his camp.

            But it is duly noted that you did not dispute my opinion of being involved with RO. Thank you for the confirmation, numb nuts.

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      Come on boys, lighten up, get the word out

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    This is the most important issue in Florida right now. We need to get it passed. It sucks that it will need 60 percent to become law. Our legislators need to be warned that if they oppose this, it will cost them dearly in the next election cycle.

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    Way to go. With the rapid decriminalization happing in the state now, it only makes sense to fully legalize and establish a tax system. If Florida can pull this off it would be the tipping point in the south. Now whomever is running the campaign needs to get ppl registered to vote quickly.

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    It is time we be able to have Canabis back in our gardens ! I pray we do get it back !

  6.  

    Bravo!

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    Three amendments, we need to group together not spread father apart.

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    Although there are other initiatives… this petition allows for Home Grow! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE Florida.. let’s not drop the ball on this. Please print out as many of these as you can and get out there and get them signed!!! -> http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/fulltext/pdf/64837-1.pdf

    Make sure not to leave Anything blank, and mail them in yourself to make sure!!!

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    Take the government out of the equation. It does not belong…

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    After learning that the attorney general will be reviewing the ballot, I have a lot more confidence in marijuana being legalized, because it will go around Rick Scott, who is the reason marijuana legalization keeps getting turned down through FHOR bills and they are saying that the attorney general will more than likely turn it over to the supreme court and if they find it acceptable it will get legalized. http://marijuana.heraldtribune.com/2015/08/27/a-first-look-at-regulate-florida-initiative-to-legalize-marijuana/ Commercials and radio advertisements! We need to get them on the air asap! A lot of marijuana users never pay attention to the news and if they know about this campaign they will come, just like the people in the movie “Field of Dreams” all came to the stadium.

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    After learning that the attorney general will be reviewing the ballot, I have a lot more confidence in marijuana being legalized, because it will go around Rick Scott, who is the reason marijuana legalization keeps getting turned down through FHOR bills. They are saying that the attorney general will more than likely turn it over to the supreme court and if they find it acceptable it will get legalized. http://marijuana.heraldtribune.com/2015/08/27/a-first-look-at-regulate-florida-initiative-to-legalize-marijuana/ Commercials and radio advertisements! We need to get them on the air asap! A lot of marijuana users never pay attention to the news and if they know about this campaign they will come, just like the people in the movie “Field of Dreams” all came to the stadium.

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      We are already preparing for Pam Bondi to challenge every initiative. It’s part of the process in Florida. What they did with the FOR amendment was model the Florida Lotto Amendment from 1986. The format is the same. So Pam will argue that it’s more than one topic and not clear enough, but their is a precedent already. The FOR plan is already established since July and is the only plan that allows adults the freedom to posses 4 ounces outside the house, and 10 plants inside, the upon the vote. There is no rules to wait for in personal use. We encourage everyone to sign and support all Reform petitions. http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/initdetail.asp?account=64630&seqnum=3

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    The leading ballot petition right now is the For Amendment. 4 ounce minimal possession, 10 plants home grow. retail sales as a dietary supplement, with a 10% tax cap for Educators. Ages 21 and up. It’s the most comprehensive yet the most sensible plan for Florida. There are three proposed constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana recreationally. But before they get on the ballot, organizers have to collect more than 683,000 signatures. http://dos.elections.myflorida.com/initiatives/initdetail.asp?account=64630&seqnum=3

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    As the Managing Director of the Marijuana Growers Association of America

    and a voting Florida resident, I have a message for Mr Green and the rest of the occupants of the MMJ clown car that caused the defeat at the last ballot.

    Get the hell out of our state and keep out.

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marijuana-Growers-Association-of-America-PAC/1580983515488603?ref=profile

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    I have the web sits for Reg.Fla; Fla For Freedom, is they’re a site for the third Petition?

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    http://www.regulateflorida.com/printpetition/
    Print, sign and return the petition today. It’s about time Florida.

  16.  

    Regulate Florida’s model has been very successful in Colorado. The state will generate nearly $200M in tax revenue that is going to support schools, roads, health care and other services. Criminal activity is down and the economy is booming. It has tough, clear regulation and oversight through the Marijuana Enforcement Division, but has kept the state government out of trying to manage the market place. That authority is given to the local county and city municipalities. It is working very well and this market driven approach has brought prices down, eliminated the underground market and created competition, which is resulting in better quality, a more professional business atmosphere, and product safety. Any initiative that gives the state power to regulate the market activity will result in continued criminal activity, product quality uncertainty and lawsuits about constitutionality, like is happening in New York, Ohio, & Illinois.
    Be smart Florida & follow the successful model. Get behind Regulate Florida.

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