Florida Lawmakers File Bills to Legalize Adult-Use Cannabis

Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Sen. Jeff Brandes have filed complimentary bills to legalize adult-use cannabis in the State of Florida.

Florida Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith has introduced HB 343

Guillermo Smith has introduced HB 343 while Brandes has introduced SB 710. Both bills will need to pass to legalize the adult use of cannabis.

Sen. Jeff Brandes has introduced SB 710

The bills would establish a free-market regulatory approach to cultivation, processing, and retail sales of both medical and adult use cannabis.  That means that medical marijuana cards will still exist in Florida (ensuring cannabis patients easy access to their medicine) but would also allow people 21 and older to purchase and use limited amounts of marijuana without a medical card.

Although smoking marijuana in public would still remain illegal, adults will be able to purchase 2.5 ounces of cannabis or a product with up to 2 grams of THC.

“The need to end Florida’s prohibition of responsible adult use of cannabis is long overdue. This bill creates a sensible bipartisan framework for legalization that can earn the support needed to pass the Florida legislature. It doesn’t include everything I’d like to see, but it’s the fresh start Floridians deserve to finally move past the draconian cannabis prohibition era,” Guillermo Smith said.
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