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Florida: Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Florida: Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

by February 27, 2015 0 comments

Senator Dwight Bullard, of Miami-Dade Democratic Party, has introduced bill SB 1176 yesterday, which calls to legalize not only medical marijuana (which is primarily illegal in the state, except under severely extreme circumstances) but also recreational marijuana use, across Florida. The bill is pretty thorough, its initiation would first aim at changing the name of the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, to follow that it would then set up a system to tax marijuana sales (the bill would make sure that about 5 percent of the collected taxes would be used for studies on marijuana safety and its benefits).

The bill would  allow people 21-years and over to own up to six marijuana plants; use, possession, transportation, or gifting of up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana or six seedlings would also be allowed. Growing and retail shops are included as well. However, the bill defines limits on how many stores could open in one area, based on population numbers, and it would allow for counties to ban the retail sales of the plant. Florida has severe drug laws, which include the illegality of owning even clean and unused paraphernalia. So obviously, even this speculative bill is a big move for the state.

Bullard was quoted by the Florida publication, New Times, as saying “Marijuana, whether medical or recreational, could be another way of generating revenue in Florida…It has a potential for real positive economic impact with real small-business growth.”

While the Democrats have a minority in Florida, the little guys who dream big, tend to be the game changers, especially in this industry.

 

If you happen to live in America’s penis (right?), make sure to write to your local government and let them know what their citizens want from them.

[Via Miami New Times]

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