Given that Orlando attorney John Morgan, who largely bankrolled Florida’s medical marijuana constitutional amendment in 2016, announced he would push for a recreational marijuana ballot question in 2020, we asked readers what they thought about full-scale legalization. Morgan’s announcement came coincidentally on the same day that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer filed legislation to decriminalize marijuana at the federal level.
Before we get to the results of our solicitation for reader input, a couple caveats. This is, of course, not a scientific poll or survey, and it’s likely that those pushing for a change — in this case, those who favor legal weed — are more likely to respond.
That said, wow, readers, you are really, really pro-reefer. It wasn’t all about getting high, though. Many readers cited the double economic benefit of legalization. First, the money saved by not investigating and incarcerating people for marijuana-related drug offenses. And second, the money generated through taxation on a product that is currently, of course, tax free on the black market. That was the thought of several commenters on Twitter.