Marijuana Legalization Initiative Campaign Starts In Florida

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News broke today that a marijuana legalization initiative's language was approved in Florida. The campaign can now start accepting signatures for the initiative. As many learned during the 2014 campaign, Florida requires a lot of signatures. Much more than a lot of other states. Gathering enough signatures to get the legalization initiative on the ballot will not be easy, and will not be cheap. But with that being said, it's absolutely a worthwhile endeavor. The initiative would legalize the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana by those over 21 years old, and would legalize the cultivation of up to six plants (3 mature) per household. Below is the full initiative language. Visit RegulateFlorida.com to learn more:

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BALLOT TITLE: Regulate Marijuana in a Manner Similar to Alcohol to Establish Age, Licensing, and Other Restrictions.

BALLOT SUMMARY: Regulates marijuana (hereinafter "cannabis") for limited use and growing by persons twenty-one
years of age or older. State shall adopt regulations to issue, renew, suspend, and revoke licenses for cannabis cultivation,
product manufacturing, testing and retail facilities. Local governments may regulate or prohibit facilities by vote, and license
facilities if state fails to timely act. Does not permit industrial hemp cultivation, affect compassionate use of low-THC
cannabis, nor immunize federal law violations.

ARTICLE AND SECTION BEING CREATED OR AMENDED: Article X, Section 29
FULL TEXT OF THE PROPOSED CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT:
ARTICLE X, SECTION 29. Florida Cannabis Act ---
(a) Purpose and findings.
(1) Short title. On the effective date of this amendment, it shall be known as the "Florida Cannabis Act."
(2) In the interest of the efficient use of law enforcement resources, enhancing revenue for public purposes, and individual freedom, the people of the
State of Florida find and declare that the use of cannabis should be legal for persons twenty-one years of age or older.
(3) In the interest of the health and public safety of our citizenry, the people of the State of Florida further find and declare that cannabis should be
regulated in a manner similar to alcohol so that:
a. Consumers will have to show proof of age before purchasing cannabis;
b. Selling, distributing, or transferring cannabis to minors under the age of twenty-one shall remain illegal;
c. Driving while impaired under the influence of cannabis shall remain illegal;
d. Only legitimate, taxpaying business people will conduct sales of cannabis; and
e. Cannabis sold in this state will be labeled and subject to additional regulations to ensure that consumers are informed and protected.
(4) The people of the State of Florida further find and declare that it is necessary to ensure consistency and fairness in the application of this section
throughout the state and that, therefore, the matters addressed by this section are, except as specified herein, matters of statewide concern.
(b) Definitions. As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires:
(1) "Cannabis" means all parts of the plant of the genus Cannabis, as defined in s. 893.02(3), Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended. The term does not
include "low-THC cannabis," as defined in s. 381.986, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended (the Compassionate Use of low-THC Cannabis Act), if
manufactured, possessed, sold, purchased, delivered, distributed, or dispensed, in conformance with s. 381.986, for medicinal purposes for persons of
all ages. Nothing in this definition or this section shall be deemed to permit the cultivation of the plant of the genus Cannabis as a raw material for
use of its fiber or pectin, or its structural polymers (the polysaccharides cellulose and hemicelluloses and the aromatic polymer lignin) for any
industrial purpose, including the preparation of functionalized textiles, or for any purpose other than human consumption.
(2) "Cannabis cultivation facility" means an entity licensed to cultivate, prepare, and package cannabis and sell cannabis to retail cannabis stores, to
cannabis product manufacturing facilities, and to other cannabis cultivation facilities, but not to consumers.
(3) "Cannabis establishment" means a cannabis cultivation facility, a cannabis testing facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a retail
cannabis store.

(4) "Cannabis plant" means a plant, including, but not limited to, a seedling or cutting. To determine if a piece or part of a cannabis plant severed from
the cannabis plant is itself a cannabis plant, the severed piece or part must have some readily observable evidence of root formation, such as root
hairs. Callous tissue is not readily observable evidence of root formation. The viability and sex of a plant and the fact that the plant may or may not
be a dead harvested plant are not relevant in determining if the plant is a cannabis plant.
(5) "Cannabis product manufacturing facility" means an entity licensed to purchase cannabis; manufacture, prepare, and package cannabis products; and
sell cannabis and cannabis products to other cannabis product manufacturing facilities and to retail cannabis stores, but not to consumers.
(6) "Cannabis products" means concentrated cannabis products and cannabis products that are comprised of cannabis and other ingredients and are
intended for use or human consumption, such as, but not limited to, edible products, infused products, ointments, and tinctures.
(7) "Cannabis testing facility" means an entity licensed to analyze and certify the safety and potency of cannabis.
(8) "Consumer" means a person twenty-one years of age or older who purchases cannabis or cannabis products for personal use by persons twenty-one
years of age or older, but not for resale to others. Consumer does not include any form of business entity, partnership, or incorporation.
(9) "Corporation" means any form of business entity, partnership, joint venture, limited liability company, cooperative, or other manner of incorporation.
(10) "County" means a political subdivision of the state established pursuant to s. 1, Art. VIII of the State Constitution.
(11) "Department" means the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation or its successor agency.
(12) "Florida Cannabis Act" means this section of the Florida Constitution, and as may be codified.
(13) "Municipality" means a municipality created pursuant to general or special law authorized or recognized pursuant to s. 2 or s. 6, Art. VIII of the State
Constitution.
(14) "Retail cannabis store" means an entity licensed to purchase cannabis from cannabis cultivation facilities and cannabis products from cannabis
product manufacturing facilities and to sell cannabis and cannabis products to consumers.
(c) Personal use of cannabis. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not be an offense under
Florida law or the law of any county or municipality within Florida or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under Florida law for persons twentyone
years of age or older:
(1) Possessing, using, displaying, purchasing, or transporting one ounce or less of cannabis;
(2) Growing no more than six cannabis plants per household member twenty-one years of age or older, with three or fewer being mature or flowering
plants, within a household member's primary residence, provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space, is not conducted openly
or publicly, and the cannabis so grown is not made available for sale;
(3) Transfer of one ounce or less of cannabis without remuneration to a person who is twenty-one years of age or older;
(4) Consumption of cannabis within a private business establishment or on its premises consistent with this section; or
(5) Assisting another person who is twenty-one years of age or older in any of the acts described in paragraphs (1) through (5) of this subsection.
(d) Lawful operation of cannabis establishment. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the following acts are not unlawful and shall not
be an offense under Florida law or be a basis for seizure or forfeiture of assets under Florida law for persons twenty-one years of age or older:
(1) Possessing, displaying, or transporting cannabis or cannabis products; purchase of cannabis from a cannabis cultivation facility; purchase of cannabis
or cannabis products from a cannabis product manufacturing facility; or sale of cannabis or cannabis product to consumers, if the person conducting
the activities described in this subsection has obtained a current, valid license to operate a retail cannabis store or is acting in his or her capacity as an
owner, employee or agent of a licensed retail cannabis store;
(2) Cultivating, harvesting, processing, packaging, transporting, displaying, or possessing cannabis; delivery or transfer of cannabis to a cannabis testing
facility; selling cannabis to a cannabis cultivation facility, a cannabis product manufacturing facility, or a retail cannabis store; or the purchase of
cannabis from a cannabis cultivation facility, if the person conducting the activities described in this subsection has obtained a current, valid license
to operate a cannabis cultivation facility or is acting in his or her capacity as an owner, employee, or agent of a licensed cannabis cultivation facility;
(3) Packaging, processing, transporting, manufacturing, displaying, or possessing cannabis or cannabis products; delivery or transfer of cannabis or
cannabis products to a cannabis testing facility; selling cannabis or cannabis products to a retail cannabis store or a cannabis product manufacturing
facility; the purchase of cannabis from a cannabis cultivation facility; or the purchase of cannabis or cannabis products from a cannabis product
manufacturing facility, if the person conducting the activities described in this subsection has a current, valid license to operate a cannabis product
manufacturing facility or is acting in his or her capacity as an owner, employee, or agent of a licensed cannabis product manufacturing facility;
(4) Possessing, cultivating, processing, repackaging, storing, transporting, displaying, transferring or delivering cannabis or cannabis products in
connection with testing activities, if the person has obtained a current, valid license to operate a cannabis testing facility or is acting in his or her
capacity as an owner, employee, or agent of a licensed cannabis testing facility; or
(5) Leasing or otherwise allowing the use of property owned, occupied or controlled by any person, corporation or other entity for any of the activities
conducted lawfully in accordance with paragraphs (1) through (5) of this subsection.
(e) Regulation of cannabis.
(1) Not later than July 1, 2017, the department shall adopt regulations necessary for implementation of this section. Such regulations shall include:
a. Procedures for the issuance, renewal, suspension, and revocation of a license to operate a cannabis establishment, with such procedures subject to all
requirements of s. 120.54, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended;
b. That licenses shall be issued only to persons of good moral character who are not less than twenty-one years of age and who have resided in the state
for the preceding five years. Licenses to corporations shall be issued only to corporations whose officers and directors are of good moral character,
not less than twenty-one years of age, and who have resided in the state for the preceding five years;
c. That no license under this section shall be issued to any person who has been convicted within the last past five years in this state or any other state
or the United States of soliciting for prostitution, pandering, letting premises for prostitution, or keeping a disorderly place or of any criminal
violation of Chapter 893, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended, or the controlled substance act of any other state or the Federal Government; or who
has been convicted in the last past 15 years of any felony in this state or any other state or the United States or to a corporation, any of the officers or
directors of which shall have been so convicted. The term "conviction" shall include an adjudication of guilt on a plea of guilty or nolo contendere or
the forfeiture of a bond when charged with a crime; and
d. County and municipality time, place, manner, and number of cannabis establishment operations minimum requirements for any county or
municipality that does not enact time, place, manner, and number of cannabis establishment operations by ordinances or regulations pursuant to
subsection (e)(5)(a).
e. The department may suspend or revoke a license under this section, or may refuse to issue a license under this section to:

1. Any person, firm, or corporation the license of which under this section has been revoked or has been abandoned after written notice that revocation
or suspension proceedings had been or would be brought against the license;
2. Any corporation if an officer or director of the corporation has had her or his license under this section revoked or has abandoned her or his license
after written notice that revocation or suspension proceedings had been or would be brought against her or his license; or
3. Any person who is or has been an officer or director of a corporation, or who directly or indirectly closely held an ownership interest in a
corporation, the license of which has been revoked or abandoned after written notice that revocation or suspension proceedings had been or would be
brought against the license.
f. Security requirements for cannabis establishments;
g. Requirements to prevent the sale or diversion of cannabis and cannabis products to persons under the age of twenty-one;
h. Labeling and packaging requirements for cannabis and cannabis products sold or distributed by a cannabis establishment;
i. Health and safety regulations and standards for the manufacture and testing of cannabis products and the cultivation of cannabis;
j. Restrictions on the advertising and display of cannabis and cannabis products; and
k. Civil penalties for the failure to comply with regulations made pursuant to this section.
(2) In order to protect consumer privacy, the department shall not require a consumer to provide a retail cannabis store with personal information other
than government-issued identification to determine the consumer's age, and a retail cannabis store shall not be required to acquire and record
personal information about consumers other than information typically acquired in a financial transaction conducted at a retail liquor store.
(3) Except for those provisions that are self-executing, nothing in this section shall limit the legislature from enacting laws consistent with this section.
This section provides the legislature guidance only on regulation, not taxation. Nothing contained in this section shall be construed to create nor in
any way limit any taxing authority to make, collect, administer, enforce or distribute any tax levy relating to this section under any taxing authority's
power to tax authorized by the constitution or the laws of this state.
(4) Not later than October 1, 2017, each county or municipality shall enact an ordinance or regulation specifying the entity within the county or
municipality responsible for processing applications submitted for a license to operate a cannabis establishment within the boundaries of the county
or municipality and for the issuance of any such license should the issuance by the county or municipality become necessary because of a failure by
the department to adopt regulations pursuant to subsection (e)(1) or failure by the department to process a license application in accordance with
subsection (e)(7).
(5) A county or municipality may enact ordinances or regulations not in conflict with this section or with regulations or legislation enacted pursuant to
this section:
a. Governing the time, place, manner, and number of cannabis establishment operations. However, if a county or municipality does not enact
such ordinances or regulations, the time, place, manner, and number of operations minimum requirements adopted by the department
pursuant to subsection (e)(1)(d) shall control;
b. Establishing procedures for the issuance, suspension, and revocation of a license issued by the county or municipality in accordance with subsections
(e)(8) or (e)(9), such procedures to be subject to all requirements of s. 120.54, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended; and
c. Establishing civil penalties for violation of an ordinance or regulation governing the time, place, and manner of a cannabis establishment that may
operate in such county or municipality, whether licensed by the state, a county or municipality.
(6) A county or municipality may prohibit the operation of cannabis cultivation facilities, cannabis product manufacturing facilities, cannabis testing
facilities, or retail cannabis stores licensed by the department through the enactment of a county ordinance or municipal code, provided, any county
ordinance or municipal code to prohibit the operation of cannabis cultivation facilities, cannabis product manufacturing facilities, cannabis testing
facilities, or retail cannabis stores must appear on Florida's general election ballot during an even numbered year.
(7) Each application for an annual license to operate a cannabis establishment shall be submitted to the department. The department shall:
a. Begin accepting and processing applications on October 1, 2017; any license issued prior to December 31, 2017, shall be effective January 1, 2018;
b. Upon request by the county or municipality, immediately forward a copy of each application to the county in which the applicant desires to operate
the cannabis establishment;
c. Issue an annual license to the applicant between forty-five and ninety days after receipt of an application unless the department finds the applicant is
not in compliance with regulations enacted pursuant to subsection (e)(1) or the department is notified by the relevant county or municipality that the
applicant is not in compliance with subsection (e)(5) in effect at the time of application, provided, where a county or municipality has enacted a
numerical limit on the number of cannabis establishments and a greater number of applicants seek licensing, the department shall solicit and consider
input from the county or municipality as to the county or municipality's preference for licensure; and
d. Upon denial of an application, notify the applicant in writing of the specific reason for its denial.
(8) If the department does not issue a license to an applicant within ninety days of receipt of the application filed in accordance with subsection (e)(7)
and does not notify the applicant of the specific reason for its denial, or the specific reason as to why the applicant is not in compliance with
regulations enacted pursuant to subsection (e)(1), in writing, within such time period, the applicant may resubmit the application directly to the
county or municipality, pursuant to subsection (e)(5), and the county or municipality may issue an annual license to the applicant. A county or
municipality issuing a license to an applicant shall do so within ninety days of receipt of the resubmitted application unless the county or
municipality finds and notifies the applicant that the applicant is not in compliance with ordinances and regulations made pursuant to subsection
(e)(5) in effect at the time the application is resubmitted. The county or municipality shall notify the department if an annual license has been issued
to the applicant. A license issued by a county or municipality in accordance with this subsection shall have the same force and effect as a license
issued by the department in accordance with subsection (e)(7). A subsequent or renewed license may be issued under this subsection on an annual
basis only upon resubmission to the county or municipality of a new application submitted to the department pursuant to subsection (e)(7), if the
department does not issue a license to an applicant within ninety days of receipt of the application for a subsequent or renewed annual license filed in
accordance with subsection (e)(7) and does not notify the applicant of the specific reason for its denial, or the specific reason as to why the applicant
is not in compliance with regulations enacted pursuant to subsection (e)(1), in writing, within such time period. Nothing in this subsection shall limit
such relief as may be available to an aggrieved party under ss. 120.56, 120.565, 120.569, 120.57, 120.573, or 120.574, Florida Statutes (2015) or as
amended.
(9) If the department does not adopt regulations in accordance with subsection (e)(1), an applicant may submit an application directly to a county or
municipality after October 1, 2017, and the county or municipality may issue an annual license to the applicant. A county or municipality issuing a
license to an applicant shall do so within ninety days of receipt of the application, unless it finds and notifies the applicant that the applicant is not in
compliance with ordinances and regulations made pursuant to subsection (e)(5) in effect at the time of application, and shall notify the department if

an annual license has been issued to the applicant. A license issued by a county or municipality in accordance with this subsection shall have the
same force and effect as a license issued by the department in accordance with subsection (e)(7). A subsequent or renewed license may be issued
under this subsection on an annual basis if the department has not adopted regulations in accordance with subsection (e)(1) at least ninety days prior
to the date upon which such subsequent or renewed license would be effective or if the department has adopted regulations pursuant to subsection
(e)(1) but has not, at least ninety days after the adoption of such regulations, issued the license pursuant to subsection (e)(7) and has not notified the
applicant, in writing, of the specific reason for its denial.
(f) Employers, driving, minors, control of property, and federal law.
(1) Nothing in this section is intended to require an employer to permit or accommodate the use, consumption, possession, transfer, display,
transportation, sale, or growing of cannabis in the workplace or to affect or repeal the ability of employers to have policies restricting the use of
cannabis by employees.
(2) Nothing in this section is intended to allow driving while impaired by cannabis, nor shall this section prevent the state from criminal penalties
pursuant to s. 316.193, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended.
(3) Nothing in this section is intended to permit the transfer of cannabis, with or without remuneration, to a person under the age of twenty-one or to
allow a person under the age of twenty-one to purchase, possess, use, transport, grow, or consume cannabis, except as otherwise permitted under
state law or the Florida Constitution.
(4) Nothing in this section shall prohibit a person, employer, corporation or any other entity who occupies, owns or controls a residency or detention
facility, whether public or private, when residence or detention is incidental to the provision of medical, geriatric, educational, counseling,
rehabilitation, correctional, or similar services; transient occupancy in a hotel, condominium, motel, rooming house, or similar public lodging, or
transient occupancy in a mobile home park; occupancy by a holder of a proprietary lease in a cooperative apartment; or occupancy by an owner of a
condominium unit from prohibiting or otherwise regulating the possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale, transportation, or
growing of cannabis on or in that property.
(5) Nothing in this section purports to give immunity under federal law for possession, consumption, use, display, transfer, distribution, sale,
transportation, or growing of cannabis.
(g) Medical cannabis provisions unaffected. Nothing in this section shall be construed:
(1) To limit any privileges or rights of a medical cannabis dispensing organization licensed pursuant to Rule 64-4.002, a qualified patient, medical use,
or physician ordering as defined in s. 381.986(2), Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended (the Compassionate Use of low-THC Cannabis Act);
(2) To permit a medical cannabis dispensing organization to distribute cannabis to a person who is not a medical cannabis qualified patient;
(3) To permit a medical cannabis dispensing organization licensed pursuant to Rule 64-4.002, to purchase cannabis or cannabis products in a manner or
from a source not authorized under this section;
(4) To permit any medical cannabis dispensing organization licensed pursuant to Rule 64-4.002, Florida Administrative Code, or as amended, to operate
on the same premises as a retail cannabis store; or
(5) To discharge the Florida Department of Health, its Office of Compassionate Use, or successor agency from their statutory and constitutional duties to
regulate medical cannabis pursuant to Rules 64-4.001, .002, .004, .005, and .009, Florida Administrative Code, or as amended.
(h) The Florida Cannabis Act's effect on other Florida laws relating to cannabis or marijuana.
(1) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect or repeal s. 112.0455, Florida Statutes (2015) (the Drug-Free Workplace Act).
(2) Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect or repeal s. 327.38, Florida Statutes (2015) (use of water skis, aquaplane, or similar device from a
vessel while under the influence of marijuana).
(3) The Florida Legislature shall revise s. 775.087(2)(a)1(q), Florida Statutes (2015) (actual possession of a firearm or destructive device) to qualify the
word "cannabis" to accommodate possession consistent with this section.
(4) The Florida Legislature shall revise s. 775.087(3)(a)1(r), Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended (actual possession of a semiautomatic firearm and its
high capacity detachable box magazine, or a machine gun) to qualify the word "cannabis" to accommodate possession consistent with this section.
(5) The Florida Legislature shall revise s. 812.14(6)(b), Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended (use of utility services to grow marijuana indoors) to
accommodate use of utility services consistent with this section.
(6) The Florida Legislature shall revise ss. 893.145-893.147, Florida Statutes (2015) or as amended, to qualify the definition of "drug paraphernalia," the
determination of paraphernalia, and the use, possession, manufacture, delivery, transportation, advertisement, or retail sale of drug paraphernalia
consistent with this section, and shall otherwise revise, Chapter 893, Florida Statutes (2015) (drug abuse prevention and control) as needed to qualify
and quantify cannabis possession and use consistent with this section.
(i) Self-executing, severability, conflicting provisions. All provisions of this section are self-executing except as specified herein. All
provisions of this section are severable, and, except where otherwise indicated in the text, shall supersede conflicting state statutory, local charter,
ordinance, or resolution, and other state and local provisions.
(j) Effective date. Except as otherwise provided herein, all provisions of this proposed amendment shall be effective

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