A coalition of “hundreds of statewide and community-based organizations” has formed a political action committee and will oppose “Make It Legal Florida’s” prospective November 2020 ballot measure seeking to legalize adult recreational marijuana.
Floridians Against Recreational Marijuana (FARM) filed incorporation papers with the Florida Division of Elections (DOE) and announced its intent to battle the “mega-marijuana corporate interests” behind Make It Legal Florida’s (MILF) petition-drive effort.
FARM Executive Director Brian Swensen said in the announcement that the group will focus its efforts on challenging MILF’s proposal because of big buck corporate support rather than another prospective marijuana legalization ballot measure sponsored by Sensible Florida.
“Our coalition has come together to defeat this dangerous ballot initiative, which will drive an increase in healthcare prices, increase costs on businesses and kill jobs, and increase the burden on taxpayers that will pay for the costs associated with recreational marijuana,” Swensen said. “The mega-marijuana corporate interests backing this initiative hope to transform Florida into a state like Oregon, California, and Colorado by passing this reckless recreational marijuana amendment.”
Make It Legal Florida’s (MILF) “Adult Use Of Marijuana” measure was filed with the Division of Elections on Aug. 23.
It would allow adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis for any reason from current and future state-licensed Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers – or dispensaries – as long as it is in childproof packaging and not advertised to anyone younger than 21.
Unlike the older Sensible Florida campaign to legalize adult marijuana, MILF’s proposed amendment would require cannabis sales to occur within the state’s existing medical marijuana regulatory/dispensary system and is supported by cannabis corporations.
To get on the November 2020 ballot, both measures must garner and verify 766,200 state voter signatures and present them to the DOE by Feb. 1.
As of Friday, MILF had