Pot advocacy group drops ballot effort
One of the two major recreational marijuana campaigns in Florida has given up on making the 2020 ballot — but it’s still unclear if they will work to actively support the industrybacked marijuana petition that still has a chance for next year.
In an email to supporters Monday, leaders of the Regulate Florida ballot initiative, which called for the state to regulate marijuana in the same way as alcohol, acknowledged they would not collect the necessary petition signatures before the Feb. 1 deadline.
Because the signatures have 30 days to be verified by elections officials prior to the deadline, petitions need to be submitted by Jan. 1.
The group had 92,540 verified signatures as of Monday, well short of the required 766,200. The group had collected enough to trigger court and financial reviews.
Karen Goldstein, vicechair of Regulate Florida, said the group was “very disappointed, of course. But as we said in the email, we’re not giving up. [Even though] we’re not making the ballot, we feel we can reform Florida marijuana laws as best as we can, depending on what happens in the election and the legislative session.”
But she said the Regulate Florida board has not made a decision on whether to actively work to support Make
Medical marijuana being grown in Lake Wales by dispensary operation GrowHealthy.