Just days after Florida lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills to honor out-of-state medical marijuana patients, Democrats in the House are upping the legislative ante with a pair of bills to legalize and tax adult-use. Given how much resistance even medical marijuana bills have faced in the Florida legislature, full legalization faces long odds. But state representatives Michael Grieco (D-Miami Beach) and Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) want their bills to keep the conversation around legalization active.
Florida Democrats Opt for More Challenging Path to Legalization
Like many other states, Florida lets voters participate in the lawmaking process through ballot referendums. These up or down votes have been the primary vehicle through which states have passed laws legalizing cannabis. Voters approve a measure, and lawmakers tweak and implement it. In states where voters cannot put measures on the ballot, bills to legalize cannabis have had to come from lawmakers themselves. Vermont is a key example. It was the first state that legalized adult-use marijuana through the legislative process.
In Florida, voters have the ability to put measures on the ballot. But their last attempt at legalizing cannabis, The Florida Cannabis Legalization Initiative of 2018, failed to garner enough signatures to make in on