There are three initiatives aimed at putting a recreational ballot measure on the 2020 ballot in Florida, but one of those initiatives has been singled out by the Attorney General as being too long and should therefore be rejected by the Supreme Court of Florida.
The ballot initiative that AG Ashley Moody has turned her guns on is sponsored by a group called Sensible Florida. That initiative seeks to legalize recreational cannabis for adults who are at least 21 years old.
Michael Minardi, the chairperson of Sensible Florida, says that the bulk of this constitutional amendment seeks to establish a framework through which the recreational marijuana industry would be regulated.
According to Minardi, the initiative is for Floridians, Florida businesses and for giving power over the cannabis plant back to the people of Florida.
AG Moody doesn’t seem to see things in the same way, and she argues that the 75-word summary of the initiative cannot allow Florida voters to understand fully what the campaigners are proposing.
To drive her point home, Moody took a picture of the amendment as it was dangling from the ceiling to the floor, and she put a caption to the effect that the amendment was longer than the first article of the state constitution. This picture was posted on Twitter by the AG.
To put this amendment in context, the other two initiatives are shorter than the one by Sensible Florida. In fact, one amendment is just a paragraph long while the second one covers two pages. This makes the Sensible Florida amendment tower above these two since it is ten pages long.
That notwithstanding, Minardi says that the strength of their amendment lies in its length. He says that the document clearly spells out all the details of what voters will be called upon to approve, and this removes the possibility that the state lawmakers will implement anything else other than what the voters will have supported.
This argument by Minardi seems to hold water, as the drama surrounding Brexit in the UK shows the folly of approving a general plan without the necessary accompanying details. Successive prime ministers have struggled to build consensus on how the UK should leave the EU, and the millions across the nation are beginning to question whether what the politicians are feuding over is really what they voted for.
Sensible Florida has vowed to take the AG on once the Supreme Court starts considering the language of their proposed amendment. It would be interesting to hear what cannabis companies like Plus Products Inc. (CSE: PLUS) (OTCQB: PLPRF) and SinglePoint Inc. (OTCQB: SING) have to say about this unexpected point of contention between the attorney general and Sensible Florida’s proposed amendment.
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