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Ashley Moody tries to scuttle marijuana amendment

“There is no way 10 pages of the law can be summarized clearly in 75 words or less.”

Attorney General Ashley Moody wants the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana, saying the measure would be misleading to voters.

The political committee Sensible Florida, Inc., has submitted 89,229 valid petition signatures to the state — enough to trigger a review of the proposed ballot wording by the Supreme Court.

If the Supreme Court signs off on the wording and the committee submits 766,200 valid signatures by a February deadline, the amendment would go on the November 2020 ballot.

But Moody announced late Wednesday that she will challenge the proposal, at least in part because it is 10 pages long.

The Supreme Court will review whether the ballot title and summary — the parts of the proposal that voters would see at polling places — are clear and meet other legal tests.

“There is no way 10 pages of the law can be summarized clearly in 75 words or less and would adequately convey to the voters what exactly they will be voting on,” Moody said in a prepared statement, referring to a word limit for summaries. “That is why I will ask the Florida Supreme Court to seriously consider the sheer length and ambiguous language chosen by the sponsor when reviewing the legality of this proposed initiative.”

As Sensible Florida, Inc., tries to put its measure on the ballot, another proposed constitutional amendment seeking to legalize recreational marijuana has emerged in recent weeks.

The political committee Make It Legal Florida is spearheading the proposal, which received more than $1 million in August from two medical-marijuana firms.

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Republished with permission of the News Service of Florida.

The News Service of Florida provides journalists, lobbyists, government officials and other civic leaders with comprehensive, objective information about the activities of state government year-round.

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Paul

    September 12, 2019 at 11:12 am

    Stupid beady eyed women.

    • gary

      September 12, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Typical Democrat! Nothing but tolerance and love! Pathetic Paul!

  2. Doug Bell

    September 12, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    As for me, I don’t think Ashley Moody’s thinking is well thought out. I scanned through the amendment with a conclusion that it is a good idea to put forth within the amendment what a resulting statute should say.

    The state has been negligent in it’s performance in fulfilling the mandates of the medical marijuana amendment passed by something over 70 percent of the people voting.

    The legislature and administrative state brings shame to their office by their lack of good faith performance of the duties assigned to them by law. In this case it does seem that Republicans are the problem and they are harming the name Republican.

  3. gary

    September 12, 2019 at 12:23 pm

    Thank God Ashley gets it! Cannabis is the worst kind of drug. It’s a entry level drug into destructive world of hard drugs! https://youtu.be/FsxVcZblbxI

    • James

      September 15, 2019 at 3:58 am

      Gary you are obviously not educated and ultra right, you need to do a lot of research, and develop your mind, not just regurgitate the propaganda you were fed for the last 50 years

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