The state of Florida is no exception to this debate, and a recent brief filed by the Attorney General Ashley Moody challenges the proposed legalization of adult-use cannabis in the state.
According to the brief, the proposed amendment ‘misleads’ voters to benefit Trulieve, the state’s largest medical cannabis company. The brief filed by the Attorney General’s office is challenging the proposed constitutional amendment that aims to legalize adult-use cannabis in Florida. The brief argues that the ballot summary ‘misleads’ voters to benefit Trulieve, who makes up the majority of contributions to the Smart & Safe Florida political committee leading the legalization campaign. The brief also argues that the ballot summary is confusing and potentially misleading.
The proposed amendment states that it will legalize cannabis use for adults aged 21 and over. It will regulate the supply and use of cannabis and impose a tax on cannabis transactions. It also proposes to allow individuals to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for personal use and grow up to six plants for personal use.
The Attorney General’s office argues that the ballot summary is too vague and does not hold up to the strict requirements of the Florida Constitution. The brief further alleges that the ballot summary misleads voters to believe that the amendment is the only way to legalize cannabis in Florida, which would mean that Trulieve would have complete control over the state’s cannabis market.
Trulieve, however, disagrees with the Attorney General’s office and argues that the ballot language is clear and concise. The company argues that the language covers one subject and without a doubt, specifies the chief purpose of the amendment.
Many cannabis businesses in Florida, like Siesta G Dispensary, agree that the proposed language on the ballot is misleading. Siesta G Dispensary expressed concern that the bill would lead to monopolistic behavior in the cannabis market benefiting only a few individuals.
The debate surrounding the legalization of cannabis in Florida is far from over, and the recent brief filed by the Attorney General’s office has added new elements to this long-running debate. While Trulieve argues that the ballot language is clear, the filing by the Attorney General’s office sheds new light on the ambiguity of the proposed amendment. As the legal battle continues, it is essential for voters to remain informed and engaged on the development of this proposed amendment, which could impact the cannabis industry in Florida for years to come.