In the first three weeks of gathering petitions, a group looking to make recreational use of marijuana legal in the Sunshine State has gathered more than 100,000 signatures to add a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution in 2020.
Make it Legal Florida announced on Thursday that it had obtained the signatures in the first 20 days of its efforts.
“We are blown away by the support of Florida voters, but our efforts are just getting started,” said Nick Hansen, the chairman of Make it Legal Florida. “Make it Legal Florida will continue the fight for what Florida voters clearly want— regulated adult use marijuana for those 21 and up. We’ll continue to remain focused on our efforts and feel confident that we will meet the goals and deadlines required by the state of Florida.”
The group offered some insights on its efforts so far.
“The Make it Legal Florida petitions were sent to prequalified voters in an effort to make it easier for Florida voters to have their voices heard, as part of a multi-tiered, statewide effort to gather signatures. Make it Legal Florida will submit signatures to county supervisors of elections, where it will take approximately 30 days for them to be verified and transmitted to the Division of Elections. Make it Legal Florida must submit 76,632 verified signatures for judicial review, and 766,200 total in order to make a ballot position,” the group noted.
With 100,000 signatures, Make it Legal will be able to have their petitions reviewed by the judicial branch.
The proposed “amendment would allow adults 21 and older in Florida to purchase cannabis for any reason from current and future licensed and regulated Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers (MMTCs), as long as it is in childproof packaging and not advertised to anyone younger than 21.”
To get approved, the proposed amendment would need 60 percent support from voters in the general election.