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Florida's Libertarian Party backs Amendment 3, recreational marijuana ballot measure

The Libertarian Party of Florida on Tuesday endorsed the recreational marijuana amendment appearing on the state’s 2024 election ballot.

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“The Libertarian Party of Florida is pleased to endorse Amendment 3, which marks a significant step forward in the legalization of marijuana,” said Matthew Johnson, the party's vice chair and communications committee chair, in a statement.

"This amendment reflects the growing recognition that individuals should have the freedom to make their own choices regarding cannabis use."

Amendment 3, if it gets at least 60% of the vote in November, would allow non-medical marijuana possession of up to 3 ounces, with no more than 5 grams in concentrated form, for those 21 years old and up.

But the party also says the amendment doesn't go far enough since it doesn't allow homegrown cannabis: That "would ensure that individuals have the ability to control their own supply and reduce dependence on commercial entities," Johnson said.

Among other things, the party stands for the proposition that "all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose."

Smart & Safe Florida, the group behind the amendment, has largely been funded by Trulieve, Florida's largest medical marijuana operator.

“This announcement by the Libertarian Party of Florida is not only an endorsement of legalizing adult use marijuana but also a testament to their steadfast commitment to bolstering individual liberty,” said Morgan Hill, spokesperson for Smart & Safe Florida, in a statement.

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“We are proud to have support from all sides, transcending partisan politics – all affirming that our campaign to create a safer Florida is universally the best path forward for all Floridians.”

The amendment has faced opposition from GOP leaders in the state, including Gov. Ron DeSantis, who accuses it of being written "very broad" and says it would make the state reek of weed.

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