ACLU joins legal fight to get recreational marijuana on Florida’s ballotPosted by On

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — The push to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida continues to grow with the ACLU now backing the 2024 ballot initiative.

The organization filed a brief Monday that lit into Florida’s Supreme Court’s handling of ballot initiatives, saying justices are making it an “acrobatic exercise.”

“The ACLU is arguing that the Supreme Court now has a history over the last several years in Florida of striking down these initiatives,” Will Cooper, a constitutional attorney said.

Cooper said having the backing of a well-known legal institution like the ACLU will strengthen the effort, and it might be a tall order.

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“If the Supreme Court really does want to let the people speak and get out of the business of striking these initiatives down and acted by the people of Florida, I think they certainly have a sufficient basis to let it stand,” he added.

The brief notes that over the past five years, Florida’s Supreme Court has struck down four out of nine citizen initiatives it reviewed from the ballot, and declined to review one. In contrast, the court struck zero citizen initiatives out of the seven it reviewed in the five years before that.

Florida’s Attorney General Ashley Moody is hoping that will be the case this time around too, saying in a previous filing the ballot summary is vague and that voters won’t know what they’re supporting. 


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