Florida Lawmakers Attempt to Legalize Statewide Cannabis Industry

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While coalitions and legislators continue to work towards legalizing medical marijuana in Florida, one Democratic lawmaker believes the state should throw caution to the wind by establishing a taxed and regulated recreational market similar to Colorado.

Senator Dwight Bullard, the reigning Chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, marched into the state legislature earlier this week with a proposal (Senate Bill 1176) that aims to legalize the cultivation and retail sale of cannabis. The bill, which replicates a piece of legislation that the lawmaker introduced last year, would allow individuals 21 and over to possess up to 2.5 ounces of sweet leaf, as long as it is grown by a state-licensed cultivator. It would also let residents to cultivate up to six plants in their backyard.

Bullard’s previous attempt to pass this bill was killed in committee without a hearing in 2014.

Although the fate of the last proposal is likely to happen again, Bullard recently told The Palm Beach Post that the attitudes of lawmakers are transitioning everyday to be more receptive to the idea of legalizing marijuana. He said in 2011, his mother, Senator Larcenia Bullard and Representative Jeff Clemens were nearly crucified when they attempted to persuade lawmakers to consider medical marijuana, but last year, those same naysayers approved cannabis oil.

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