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Should weed be legal in Florida? One group says it should

Posted at 10:25 PM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 22:26:07-04

FLORIDA — Should you have legal rights to use pot recreationally in Florida? A number of groups are trying to get it on your ballot next year.

One of those groups is a political committee named “Regulate Florida, Inc.” which also goes by the name “Sensible Florida.”

The group’s goal is to decriminalize what right now can cost you your job and a whole lot more if you get caught.

"It is really something that protects people and employee rights. It allows home cultivation and legalizes cannabis for adults 21 plus,” said Regulate Florida, Inc. Chairman, Michael Minardi.

But where would legal weed lead us? Florida Gulf Coast University Law Professor, Pamella Seay, says it could raise other questions about what’s allowed and what’s not.

"Are we going to allow smoking marijuana on street corners, in restaurants? Are we going to treat it like alcohol?” said Seay, "And how do you deal with children that will be in proximity to something that's legal?"

The folks with Regulate Florida, Inc. say they have a plan for that, to work with the state to make sure that the rules are clear.

The group's proposal is currently being reviewed by the state supreme court. They will also need about 7,000 more signatures before they can officially be placed on the November 2020 ballot.