Apr 2, 2024 - News

💨 Recreational marijuana also heads to ballot

Cannabis plants in a greenhouse at a Cresco Labs Inc. facility in Indiantown, near Jupiter.

Cannabis plants in a greenhouse at a Cresco Labs facility in Indiantown. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Florida voters will have their say this November on whether to legalize recreational marijuana.

Why it matters: A majority of Florida voters support adult-use marijuana, polls show.

State of play: State Supreme Court justices on Monday approved the language of a proposed constitutional amendment seeking to make the policy change.

  • Their ruling comes five months after justices heard from lawyers representing the group backing the amendment and the office of Attorney General Ashley Moody, who asked the court to disqualify the initiative.

Between the lines: Whether it will be enough of a majority is still in question. The ballot initiative needs at least 60% approval.

  • Two-thirds of respondents to a University of North Florida poll conducted in November said they would vote in favor.
  • But a Florida Chamber of Commerce poll found an approval rate 10 points lower, just under the 60% threshold. The chamber joined Moody in challenging the initiative.

Go deeper: Medical marijuana giant funded group behind amendment

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