Florida Supreme Court Kills Cannabis Legalization Voter Initiative
The Florida Supreme Court struck down a proposed voter initiative amendment to legalize recreational cannabis on Thursday, ruling that the ballot measure’s summary was unacceptably misleading. The decision kills plans to put the constitutional amendment on the 2022 general election ballot, forcing supporters of legalizing marijuana for use by adults to restart the initiative process for a subsequent election.
The ballot measure advanced by the group Make It Legal Florida would have amended the state constitution to permit adults 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces (70 grams) of cannabis, although some restrictions would be placed on the locations where marijuana could be used. Make It Legal Florida had already raised $8.2 million for the campaign and collected more than 556,000 of the nearly 900,000 signatures needed to qualify for the ballot.
State Attorney General Challenges Amendment Initiative in Florida Supreme Court
But last year, Republican state Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the Florida Supreme Court to intervene and block the initiative on grounds that the ballot summary for the measure was misleading. A brief filed with the court noted that the Make It Legal Florida initiative summary’s wording said that the amendment “permits” the possession, sale, transportation, and use of