Buf­fett en­dorses le­gal pot in state

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE - By Mark Skoneki

He plays with The Co­ral Reefer Band, so it should be no sur­prise that singer Jimmy Buf­fett on Fri­day en­dorsed Make It Le­gal Florida, a cam­paign to le­gal­ize re­cre­ational mar­i­juana in Florida in 2020.

In a video, Buf­fett holds a pe­ti­tion be­ing cir­cu­lated through the mail by the group, and says, “Hello, Florida, it’s Jimmy here. Pot, weed, mar­i­juana, cannabis — what­ever you call it, it’s good medicine. Make it le­gal.”

Make it Le­gal Florida has reached more than 190,000 ver­i­fied sig­na­tures and “is cur­rently await­ing the ver­i­fi­ca­tion of hun­dreds of thou­sands more from su­per­vi­sors of elec­tions around the state,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease it is­sued Fri­day.

To make the bal­lot, ini­tia­tive gath­ers must gather 766,200 sig­na­tures by Feb. 1.

From there, the amend­ment’s lan­guage must be ap­proved by the state Supreme Court, and it would need 60% of the vote to be­come law.

Make It Le­gal is backed by two of the big­gest med­i­cal mar­i­juana com­pa­nies, MedMen and Par­al­lel, for­merly Surterra. Its pe­ti­tion would al­low es­tab­lished com­pa­nies to dis­trib­ute re­cre­ational pot as they do med­i­cal pot.

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“Pot, weed, mar­i­juana, cannabis — what­ever you call it, it’s good medicine. Make it le­gal,” mu­si­cian Jimmy Buf­fett says in a video.

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