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Recreational Marijuana Won’t be on 2020 Florida Ballots

The leading committee to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida, Make It Legal Florida, announced on Monday they will focus their efforts on making the 2022 ballot. Citing a “narrow timeframe” to satisfying petition signature requirements, supporters of the constitutional amendment said the measure will not make it on the November ballot. 

Make it Legal Florida had been rushing to submit the required 766,200 validated ballot signatures to authorities before the February 1st deadline. The group filed suit on December 31st in Leon County circuit court requesting more time to meet the signature requirement because it asserted that provisions of the new ballot-petition law passed last year are unconstitutional and the Department of State hindered petition efforts. The case remains open.

Shortly after the announcement, Republican State Senator Jeff Brandes filed bill SB 1860, titled “Availability of Marijuana for Adult Use.” If passed into law, the bill would legalize recreational marijuana within the State for those 21 years of age or older. A companion measure is expected to be filed in the House shortly

If you have been arrested for marijuana or drug charges, call our Miami office now to discuss your case. At Stroleny Law, P.A., our experienced Miami criminal lawyer can protect your constitutional rights and help prevent wrongful convictions. Call (305) 615-1285 for a free phone consultation as soon as possible. 

Florida Law Currently Allows for Medical Marijuana

Until Florida legalizes recreational marijuana, through ballot measure or legislative action, medical marijuana is available in the State. Qualifying patients must have permanent or temporary residency in the State and be diagnosed by a certified physician with a qualifying condition. 

Qualifying Medical Conditions Include:

  • ALS
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • PTSD

Senate Bill 8A also allows for the treatment of additional debilitating conditions of a similar kind, or class.

Experienced Marijuana Lawyer in Miami

If you are facing allegations of marijuana possession, cultivation, or trafficking, you need an experienced Miami criminal attorney on your side. Our criminal defense attorney at Stroleny Law, P.A. wants to help you fight your marijuana case. Call (305) 615-1285 or contact us online for a free phone consultation as soon as possible. 


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