The people have spoken: They want to smoke weed. In a recent nationwide Gallup Poll, 64 percent of respondents said the use of marijuana should be legalized. That’s the highest response rate in favor of legalization Gallup has recorded since 1969. And do you know how many people smoked pot in 1969?
But unfortunately, Floridians will have to wait for their chance to join the nine other states, as well as the District of Columbia, that have legalized recreational weed. Advocates hoped to nab 766,000 signatures by February 1 to get full marijuana legalization on November’s ballot, but the organizers tell New Times they came up well short of that goal.
Michael Minardi, a Florida attorney, is the face of Regulate Florida, an organization pushing for cannabis to be legalized in Florida and regulated the same way as alcohol and tobacco. The group spent months gathering signatures, but Minardi says they ended up with only around 40,000 valid John Hancocks.
So the group is now shifting its sights to the 2020 election, which means it has two years to start over and acquire more