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Florida Court Sets Date for Hearing to Determine if Adult-Use Legalisation Bill Will Make 2024 Ballot

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Florida’s Supreme Court has set a date for a debate which will determine whether adult-use cannabis legislation will make it onto the 2024 ballot.

Earlier this year, Florida activists  successfully collected enough valid signatures to see a cannabis legalisation initiative qualify for a 2024 general election ballot placement.

The Smart & Safe Florida campaign put forward the ‘Adult Personal Use of Marijuana’ amendment, which would allow for the non-medical use of cannabis and prohibit any law subjecting use to criminal liability.

However, the proposals have already received significant pushback from the state’s Governor Ron DeSantis, and Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody.

Both sides have now issued various briefs to the court, with Ms Moody filing a legal challenge to prevent the proposals making it to the ballot, and Smart & Safe Florida arguing the court must respect the citizens initiative process.

This requires eight percent of the voting Florida population from at least one half of the states congressional districts to sign a petition to make it onto the ballot, stipulations the bills advocates say have been met.

Now that briefs from both sides have been submitted, the Supreme Court has scheduled a session where oral arguments can be made, and a final decision on whether the bill will make the ballot will be made.

On November 08, 2023, parties from both sides will receive a maximum of 20 minutes to make their arguments to the court.

In July, research published by the Financial Impact Estimating Conference (FIEC) suggested that adult-use legalisation in Florida could generate up to $431.3m in sales taxes.

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