TAMPA (FOX 13) – Dispensaries in California had lines out the door on New Year’s Day after recreational marijuana sales became legal, but don’t expect to see that here in Florida just yet.
“Right now we’re very far behind,” said local attorney Michael Minardi.
Minardi heads up Regulate Florida, a group pushing to legalize pot in the sunshine state. He says they won’t reach the 750,000 signatures needed to get it on the 2018 ballot. He’s eyeing 2020.
”We’re moving forward in educating people that this is sensible policy,” he said.
Legalization would still need a 60 percent super-majority to pass. In 2016, medical marijuana was approved overwhelmingly by 72 percent of Floridians. It has not been has not been all smooth sailing since however.
Most recently across Tampa Bay, five Tetra Health Center locations suddenly shut their doors, leaving many in limbo.
“I think they looked at it as a cash cow,” said Dr. Mark Hashim.
Dr. Hashim of the Herbal Clinic MD points out that a medical marijuana patient can only have one provider, and that doctor