Many Floridians can attest to the scares minor drug charges can create. Such incidents can make the smallest offense appear catastrophic, and the penalties can become financially crippling. When it comes to marijuana specifically, an overwhelming number of experts and residents alike have leaned in favor toward recreational legalization.
Although the steps toward simmering down the severity of marijuana laws in the state have been small, they have been progressive. States such as California have made recent waves in their efforts to legalize both medical and recreational use, and some say Florida could be next.
Florida's 10 News recently highlighted the current climate of marijuana regulations in the state. Bringing in commentary from the co-founder of the Florida Cannabis Coalition, who claims these laws could soon change, 10 News went on to state that the coalition is working to get a proposed constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana in upcoming ballot measures. A whopping 71 percent of Florida voters approved of legalizing medical marijuana in 2016. The Cannabis Coalition is currently working with Regulate Florida, another marijuana legalization program, to change laws that would allow Floridians 21 years and older to purchase up to one ounce of cannabis. Plans also aim to allow the growing of up to six plants per household, under specific regulations.
Call for Change
The Marijuana Policy Project, a program that has worked toward ending marijuana prohibition since 1995, took note of the Florida Department of Health's recent plans to begin the process of Medical Marijuana Treatment Center licenses in the state. Similar to other medical marijuana regulations in other states, Floridians must have proof of I.D., as well as medical records to show that they suffer from a debilitating condition. Change regarding the severe penalties for recreational possession may still have a long way to go, but advocacy groups in the area appear hopeful for the Sunshine State's future of marijuana laws.