Florida Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Soon?

Florida lawmakers are already grappling with allowing the use of medical marijuana, but now there’s a sudden push to legalize marijuana recreationally.

Florida lawmakers are already grappling with allowing the use of medical marijuana, but now there’s a sudden push to legalize marijuana recreationally.

Two newly filed bills for the legalization of recreational marijuana are up for voting in the upcoming legislative session.

The first bill, House Bill 1117, would allow adults over 21 and over to legally possess, use, and transport up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis with a tax of $50 per ounce and would allow these individuals to grow up to six plants.

The second bill, House Bill 1119, would tax recreational marijuana and allocate some of the revenue to fund peer-reviewed research on testing the benefits and safety of the plant.

Both of these bills will be tough passing through the Republican-controlled Legislature. However, a Gallup poll in late 2018 found that majority of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents all favored legalization.

This would make Florida the 11th state to legalize recreational use. Only Vermont legalized marijuana through its legislature, the other nine states were all done by referendum.


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