Florida’s biggest medical marijuana company recently launched a push to put marijuana legalization measure on the state’s 2024 ballot. And at the same time, other advocates are exploring plans to have voters decide on what they hope will be a complementary measure permitting adults to grow their own cannabis at home.
The industry-backed legalization campaign filed their measure with the state earlier this month. But in what they say is an effort to avoid a legal challenge over single-subject ballot rules, the initiative is relatively limited in scope, lacking provisions to allow home grow or promote social equity, for example. That has rankled some observers who see the measure as largely self-serving in that it would, at least initially, simply allow existing medical cannabis companies to start selling to the adult-use market.
To fill that gap, Moriah Barnhart, an activists with the Women’s Initiative for a Safe and Equitable Florida tells Marijuana Moment that she’s in the process of forming a separate political action committee to get a home cultivation initiative on the ballot as well.
“With an adult use initiative launching with $5 million backing, it only makes sense to file home grow parallel to it,” Barnhart said, referring to the Smart & Safe Florida campaign that’s received seed funding from the major cannabis company Trulieve.
“I’ve been asking for six years if I had any support in that endeavor,” she said. “I have always felt, in the…