Florida’s Recreational Marijuana Initiative Is Dead
Although there was a great deal of hope that Florida would become the first southern state in the nation to end prohibition, the decision has been made to pull the plug on this concept – at least for now. Regulate Florida, the organization working to establish a taxed and regulated cannabis industry in the Sunshine State, recently announced that their inability to collect the necessary signatures before the deadline has prompted them to abandon all hope of legalizing marijuana in 2016.
“The reality is showing us that we’re not going to get the million petitions or signatures verified by February 1,” Michael Minardi, the campaign manager for Regulate Florida, said in a statement. “We had an uphill battle, honestly with getting a million signatures realistically from the end of August until December. We did believe with the movement and the momentum that we had that we could get this done, but unfortunately, we don’t think we’re going to at this point.”
When it was announced earlier this year that Regulate Florida was going on a full-steam mission to legalize a recreational pot market, there was a lot of anticipation that the group was fully prepared to head into battle. Their initiative, a veritable war cry in the ears of the state legislature, was intended to put to rest the ineffective actions of lawmakers who have not only failed at getting a simple CBD-only medical marijuana program off the ground, but have also refused to even consider further legislative action to create a deeper level of policy reform.
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