Petitions to Legalize Cannabis in Florida Run Short on Signatures as Deadline Looms

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Two petitions that would place adult-use cannabis legalization initiatives on Florida’s 2020 ballot are running short on signatures as a Feb. 1 deadline looms.

Regulate Florida has collected about 92,000 of the required 766,200 verified signatures to qualify, while Make It Legal Florida has gathered 57,000, according to an Orlando Sentinel report.

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The groups’ initiatives take two different approaches to legalization; Regulate Florida aims to broadly legalize adult-use cannabis, while Make It Legal Florida’s proposal would allow only the dispensaries currently selling medical cannabis in the state to serve a broader adult-use market.

Regulate Florida has been largely funded through small donations, the Orlando Sentinel reported, while Make It Legal Florida is financed by the cannabis industry.

If they make the ballot, the initiatives—both constitutional amendments—would need 60 percent of the vote to pass, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

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