BY CBS MIAMI TEAM
UPDATED ON: MAY 16, 2023 / 9:55 AM / CBS/NEWS SERVICE OF FLORIDA
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TALLAHASSEE - Attorney General Ashley Moody has formally submitted a proposed
recreational-marijuana ballot initiative to the Florida Supreme Court and signaled she will
argue that the proposal doesn't meet legal requirements to go before voters in 2024.
The political committee Smart & Safe Florida is sponsoring the proposed constitutional
amendment and has far exceeded the 222,881 petition signatures needed to trigger a crucial
Supreme Court review. After receiving notification from Secretary of State Cord Byrd last
month, Moody on Monday took the step of seeking an opinion from the Supreme Court about
The Supreme Court reviews issues such as whether proposed constitutional amendments are
limited to single subjects and whether the proposed ballot language is clear.
In her filing, Moody wrote that she thinks "the proposed amendment fails to meet the
requirements" of part of state law, though she did not elaborate. She wrote that she will
"present additional argument through briefing at the appropriate time."
In addition to needing approval from the Supreme Court, the Safe & Smart committee needs
to total at least 891,523 validated petition signatures to put the measure on the November
2024 ballot. The state Division of Elections website listed 786,747 validated signatures as of
The "Adult Personal Use of Marijuana" proposal would allow people 21 or older "to possess,
purchase, or use marijuana products and marijuana accessories for non-medical personal
consumption by smoking, ingestion, or otherwise." Florida voters in 2016 approved a
constitutional amendment that broadly allowed medical marijuana