Cannabis advocates cheered when Ron DeSantis made this announcement about the November election

Jan 25, 2024

Ron DeSantis dropped out of the Presidential race on Sunday and endorsed Donald Trump.

DeSantis is headed back to Florida to fulfill his duties as the state’s Chief Executive.

And cannabis advocates cheered when Ron DeSantis made this announcement about the November election.

After finishing 30-points behind Donald Trump in Iowa and failing to gain any traction in the New Hampshire polls, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis became the latest Republican candidate to drop out of the race and end his bid for the White House.

Even though he is no longer running for President, DeSantis will almost certainly remain on the national stage given his battle against the woke Left.

DeSantis’ 19-point landslide re-election victory also handed the GOP a supermajority in the Florida State Legislature.

Republicans in the State House and Senate have already filed a number of bills this session aimed at further advancing the conservative agenda.

DeSantis also proposed a budget that cut taxes and spending by billions of dollars.

Political battles are taking place in the public square as well.

Cannabis advocacy groups in Florida have obtained enough verified signatures to place an initiative on the ballot in November that would legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

Summary of proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution, Article X, Section 29:

Allows adults 21 years or older to possess, purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise; allows Medical Marijuana Treatment Centers, and other state licensed entities, to acquire, cultivate, process, manufacture, sell, and distribute such products and accessories. Applies to Florida law; does not change, or immunize violations of, federal law. Establishes possession limits for personal use. Allows consistent legislation. Defines terms. Provides effective date.

Despite having the required petitions in 2022, Attorney General Ashley Moody stepped in and successfully petitioned the Justices to prevent the initiative from appearing on the ballot.

Before the initiative can move forward, the State Supreme Court must issue its ruling in the case last year with a cannabis advocacy group against the State of Florida.

However, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently told a group of voters in New Hampshire that “it’ll be on the ballot” in November.

“I think the court is going to approve that,” DeSantis told New Hampshire voters on Friday. “So, it’ll be on the ballot.”

If passed, economists working for the state legislature estimated that it “would generate between $195.6 million and $431.3 million in new sales tax revenue annually.”

Of course, DeSantis is not a pro-cannabis advocate.

Earlier this month he said he would “respect the decisions that states make” on cannabis legalization if elected President despite his view that it would have a “negative impact” on society.

Florida currently has medical cannabis on the books.

But even though he does not support recreational use, DeSantis said he will respect the will of the people if they vote for it in November.

And Florida could be the next state to make marijuana legal.

DeSantis Daily will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.

 

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