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Senator Brandes, District 24 — Press Release


January 13, 2020

CONTACT: Vanessa Thompson, 850-487-5024

Senator Brandes Files Adult Use Marijuana Legislation

Bill proposes a safe, regulated market for adult use marijuana

Tallahassee —

Today Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) filed SB 1860, Availability of Marijuana for Adult Use. The bill establishes a robust and free-market regulatory approach to the governance of cultivation, processing, and retail sales of both medical and adult use of marijuana in Florida for those over 21 years of age.

“For me this is a liberty issue. We should give adult Floridians the freedom to make their own choices when it comes to cannabis,” stated Senator Brandes. “It’s not a matter of if, but when, Floridians will have access to adult use marijuana. This bill allows the legislature to lead on an issue a super majority of Floridians support.”

This legislation:

  • Creates multiple license categories, including growing, processing, and retailing, and establishes a new transportation license
  • Allows contracting and wholesaling by growers to processors or retailers
  • Permits adults over 21 access to an MMTC without a medical marijuana card
  • Allows eligible individuals to petition the court for resentencing or expungement
  • Prohibits marijuana from being utilized in public spaces
  • Maintains home-rule by allowing counties and municipalities to prohibit or limit the number of MMTCs within their jurisdiction

“More harm has been caused by the prohibition of marijuana than by marijuana itself,” Brandes said. “I believe decriminalizing marijuana will enable law enforcement to deal with more serious crimes and allow them to have a greater impact in our communities with their limited resources.”

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