Over 50,000 valid petition signatures have been collected to place an adult-use legalization measure on the 2024 ballot in Florida.
The initiative, “Adult Personal Use of Marijuana,” sponsored by political committee Smart & State Florida, would allow adults 21 years or older to possess, purchase, or consume adult-use cannabis.
The measure would also allow “Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers and other state licensed entities to acquire, cultivate, process, manufacture, sell, and distribute such products and accessories,” according to the proposal text.
The initiative has received 53,702 valid signatures, but to qualify for the 2024 ballot, Smart & State Florida must submit 837,887 additional signatures and receive approval on the proposal from the Florida Supreme Court.
In addition, the signatures for a constitutional amendment in Florida must include 8% of the votes cast in the last presidential election. The state also “has a signature distribution requirement, which requires that signatures equaling at least 8% of the district-wide vote in the last presidential election be collected from at least half (14) of the state’s 27 congressional districts,” according to Ballotpedia.
All valid signatures must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2024.