Florida GOP Announces Opposition to Marijuana Legalization Ballot Initiative

The Florida Republican Party officially announced its opposition to a marijuana legalization initiative set to appear on the November ballot. 

This makes way for Governor Ron DeSantis to raise funds for a campaign against the measure. The governor also plans to oppose an abortion rights proposal in the upcoming election, channeling money through the state Republican Party.

The Republican Party’s resolution argues that Amendment 3, the cannabis initiative, would benefit powerful marijuana special interests while putting children at risk and endangering Florida’s family-friendly business and tourism climates. 

“Amendments 3 and 4 are unnecessary attempts by an increasingly shrinking minority who know the only way to win support for their radical agenda is to confuse and mislead the electorate,” Party Chair Evan Power said in the press release.

Despite the Republican Party’s stance, the cannabis campaign Smart & Safe maintains that the decision to authorize adult-use cannabis will be made by Florida citizens at the ballot box. The campaign highlights the initiative’s bipartisan support, emphasizing that legalization means accountability, transparency, and safety.

Governor DeSantis has previously expressed his opposition to expanding the state’s existing medical cannabis program, arguing that further legalization would make Florida worse off and reduce the quality of life in the state. He has also claimed that the motives behind the legalization campaign are profit-driven.

A recent USA Today/Ipsos poll suggests that the marijuana legalization initiative may face a bit of a challenge in achieving the required 60% of the vote to become law. 

The survey found that 56% of registered voters in the state say they would vote in favor of legalizing recreational cannabis on the 2024 ballot measure. Two in five say they would vote against it, and just 4% say they are unsure.

Of those who said they would vote in favor, 69% are Democrats, 63% independents, and only 39% Republicans. Interestingly though, the poll also found that just 54% of those surveyed say they are familiar with the Florida Supreme Court’s early April decision to put recreational cannabis on the 2024 ballot.

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