Why did the Florida Supreme Court shoot down recreational marijuana in Florida?
The constitutional rights of the good people of Florida have been trampled by the Florida Supreme Court to halt advances in legalizing recreational marijuana use.
The fact that the court did so after the mission generated massive reactions, as well as supporters, makes it such a bitter pill to swallow. Now the whole process would have to start over. To waste a huge sum of over $ 8 million that has been used on the project up to that point.
Right now, most of the proponents and activities who have worked so hard to get this broad traction are discouraged. Although they may start the initiative from the beginning, it is doubtful whether or not they will take everyone back with them.
You would have to raise millions of dollars to get the required signatures.
If this initiative had been successful, it would have resulted in a new cannabis policy in the state of Sunshine.
That year, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, and New Mexico all had applications to legitimize the recreational use of marijuana and its by-products. 17 states in the United States have legalized recreational marijuana products.
The irony is that Washington DC is one of the areas that has legalized recreational use of the drug.
If DC, which is right under the eyes of the federal government, can do this, what’s stopping Florida from doing it?
The Florida government is hostile to cannabis use. This is evident in the brutal sentences imposed on citizens found to have the drug. A bill was recently passed that would have made it easy to remove a Florida cannabis conviction from someone’s criminal record. However, it was not adopted in the house.
Rather, the representatives are working on applications to limit the THC content in medical marijuana.
The citizens’ election initiative was the people’s decision to make progress in legalizing cannabis. But the Republican seat holders in Florida have other plans.
Floridians now have limited ability to make changes to the state’s constitution. Joint Senate Resolution 1238 and the Senate Bill of 1890 restricted the use of electoral initiatives for this purpose.
The Florida Supreme Court is canceling the Make it Legal initiative on the grounds that it is unconstitutional. Adding that the language used in the ballot is “beneficially misleading”.
The court alleged that the ballot for the adult cannabis initiative would be legalized in Florida. It was not stated that it was still a crime under federal law to use cannabis for recreational purposes.
So everything has to start over and the lawyers have to explicitly state and correct the points raised by the court. But given the hostility of the Floridian government, what do you want the initiative to be a success next time?
Hopefully more people will come out of the sunshine state en masse to do this bill and get the required signatures asap.
If this can be achieved in a timely manner, there is still a high probability that it will be included in the 2022 vote.
For the 2022 vote, activists will need over 890,000 votes to present the bill to voters. And for the vote to be successful, at least 60 percent of the total voters would have to be supported.
Before the Florida Supreme Court killed this past campaign, it had already collected a total of 556,049 signatures.
The main issues raised by the judges would now be resolved. It is also about how the term “permits” was used in the vote. The question arises as to whether an adult user – at least 21 years old – needs this permission to purchase and possess the drug.
The proposed changes must make a strong statement that recreational use of cannabis or hemp is a criminal offense under federal law and that anyone caught is at risk of prosecution.
Therefore, the new bill only needs to revolve around the laws of the sun state.
Authorities have indicated that there is a case study that can help proponents recast the bill. But you have to look for the details yourself.
That way, everyone would have firsthand information about the impact of their votes. Legislators indirectly found that voters are unable to fully grasp the importance of basic governance.
A mild way of disregarding the constitution that allows people to make decisions on their own.
As it stands, the Republican-run houses have made a strong statement that it can only accommodate medicinal use of cannabis, and it doesn’t look like their opinions will change anytime soon.
Since the current legislature opened about three months ago, seven bills have been introduced to allow recreational marijuana use in Florida. Instead of hearing these motions, the House referred them to various bodies in the Senate.
Understandably, the state tries to play it safe by not interfering with federal law – no state law can stand above federal law.
It is nice to see how the people in the Sun State have taken things into their own hands by launching initiatives that the legislature does not want to address. Times are changing and the legislature has to change the archaic politics in the state.
It might have helped if the Make It Legal campaign had put a detailed and careful effort into planning its campaign or writing the bill.
Hopefully they have learned from their mistakes and would instead seek help in the right places when trying to change the bill. The amended bill must be able to protect cannabis users from federal law when in Florida.
Legitimizing adult cannabis use may take time, but it would eventually happen – both at the state and federal levels.
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