Legislation to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Filed in Florida

Florida Stateflorida Senator Dwight Bullard filed Senate Bill 1176 this week, a proposal to legalize the possession, private cultivation and state-licensed distribution of recreational cannabis for those 21 and older.

Senate Bill 1176 would allow those 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and to cultivate up to six cannabis plants. Cannabis retail outlets would also be allowed, with the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco being renamed the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and put in charge of regulations for the cannabis production and distribution centers.

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Companion Bills Filed in Florida to Legalize Cannabis

Companion bills have been filed in Florida’s House and Senate to legalize recreational cannabis.

Senate Bill 1562 and House Bill 1039 would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis, and the private cultivation of up to 6 cannabis plants, for those 21 and older.

The proposal would also authorize state-license cannabis distribution centers, to be regulated by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, which will be renamed to the Department of Alcoholic Beverages, Marijuana, and Tobacco.

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Proposal to Legalize Recreational Cannabis Announced in Florida

Florida State Representative Randolph Bracy has announced that he will soon be filing legislation to legalize recreational cannabis. According to Bracy,florida Senator Dwight Bullard will be filing a companion bill in the Senate.

In bringing forth the issue of legalization, Bracy homes to raise concerns surrounding the injustices of cannabis prohibition, such as the disproportionate effect it has on minors and minorities. Bracy also argues that legalization would bring forth much-needed new jobs and revenue for the state.

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