New Petition Would Turn Florida Cannabis Industry Into Monopoly, Critics Say

By: CARLOS MILLER 

Now that a ton of corporate money is being poured into Florida’s petition-gathering process, it’s almost guaranteed the legalization of recreational marijuana will be on the 2020 ballot, where it would need 60 percent approval to become state law.

But that same corporate money is also seeking control over the future of cannabis by funding a petition that does not allow citizens to grow their own weed — a right granted to the residents of almost two dozen other states where marijuana has been legalized.

That fact has many Florida cannabis activists refusing to sign the Make It Legal Florida petition, which is being mailed with prepaid return envelopes to make it easier for Florida voters to sign and send.

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