Gov. DeSantis demurs on marijuana legalization but can’t stand the dank stank

Ron DeSantis
'I want people to be able to breathe freely.'

The “putrid” smell of marijuana is among the reasons Gov. Ron DeSantis may remain opposed to legalization in Florida.

DeSantis shied away from offering a definitive answer on the issue Wednesday when asked by press at a campaign event in Tallahassee. He did, however, speak out against the smell of cannabis in public places.

“What I don’t like about it is if you go to some of these places that have done it, the stench when you’re out there, I mean, it smells so putrid,” he told reporters.

The Governor’s remarks come as Democratic gubernatorial contenders vow to legalize marijuana if elected to office. DeSantis, though, characterized those promises as dishonest. Such an effort requires the cooperation of the Legislature, he noted.

Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist and state Sen. Annette Taddeo are vying to oust DeSantis in 2022.

“A Governor can’t just do that,” DeSantis said.

It is unclear exactly where DeSantis visited and found the smell of marijuana so overwhelming. Recreational marijuana is legal in 18 states as well as D.C. and Guam, per U.S. News and World Report.

Many places where marijuana ends up legal, DeSantis said, ended up “regretting it.”

“I could not believe the pungent odor that you would see in some of these places,” the Republican Governor added. “I don’t want to see that here. I want people to be able to breathe freely.”

A 2019 poll by the University of North Florida shows most Floridians support marijuana legalization for adult consumption.

Democrats have filed at least 10 marijuana-related bills in the 2022 Legislative Session. One proposal would outright legalize marijuana (HB 467), while another would decriminalize the drug and other addictive substances.

“I’ve never thought that somebody who was caught using it… we’re not going to use the prison system for that,” DeSantis explained after the remarks. “But that’s different than kind of wanting it to be prevalent like you see in some of these other areas.”

In 2016, Floridians OK’d a constitutional amendment that would guarantee the sick and ill access to medical marijuana.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


92 comments

  • Ernest Lewis Agee

    January 26, 2022 at 11:32 pm

    It is time to vote him out of office. All it comes down to is he has run out of reasons to keep it illegal and now is using the smell to try and keep it illegal. in most places that have legalized grow it indoors or in greenhouses using filters to do away the smell. you don’t smell it unless you are in the place where it is growing or sold. He said places that have legalized it wish they didn’t I have yet to hear of one that wishes they Haden done so. I go to Colorado all the time to smoke legalized weed I don’t really smell it until I go in to buy me some.my self I like the smell of it.

    • arnold

      January 27, 2022 at 11:24 am

      agree, also turning away the amount of tax revenue it would create just seems dumb to me.

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:16 pm

      Exactly! – Millions of people love the smell of marijuana. I have found that most people who complain about it are just bigoted against marijuana consumers.

      And if they have ever been near a paper mill, a pig farm or a cattle stockyards, etc., they would never complain about the marijuana smell again.

  • Tom

    January 27, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Cannabis hardly a reason to vote him out,
    What are you a hippy pot head, tie dye shirt wearing loser! Go smoke your bong man! Call Chechen & Chong man. What’s the problem man! Up in smoke man.

    He’s a great Gov. as I agree with him on non legalization and the distasteful smell. I came from a tyrannical, blue state with cannabis avail. It’s destroyed the state. Go move man and take your bong with you, Ernest Lewis Agee. Riddance.

    • Tjb

      January 27, 2022 at 8:02 am

      .if he really wanted people to breathe more easily, he should be promoting Covid vaccinations with more vigor.

      • Lee

        January 27, 2022 at 10:34 am

        Ironically posted the same day as multiple articles confirm the Pfizer vaccine triples the risk of Myocarditis in healthy individuals

        • Abraham L

          January 27, 2022 at 10:48 am

          Care to provide a link to some of those articles?

        • Tjb

          January 27, 2022 at 12:09 pm

          Show us the link Lee. The studies that I have found indicates no deaths only mild cases of myocarditis in 5.8 cases per million.

        • Big Den

          January 28, 2022 at 11:05 am

          “2nd COVID-19 vaccine shot raises rare heart condition risk for young men.” Why is it ironic? It has absolutely nothing to do with cannabis smoking.
          https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/patient-safety-outcomes/2nd-covid-19-vaccine-shot-raises-rare-heart-condition-risk-for-young-men.html
          The study found a higher risk for young men, with about 5.8 myocarditis cases per MILLION second doses in men the average age of 25. Yea, I didn’t get it after even a booster. A month later I also had a shingles shot, which nobody cares about. But I also did not win the lottery this week, what are the odds?
          You also must have forgotten this part:
          COVID-19 patients had 15.7 times the risk for myocarditis compared with patients who didn’t have COVID-19, according to CDC data published Aug. 31.

      • JLM

        February 3, 2022 at 10:13 pm

        That is total wrong! Them stupid injections do not prevent Covid so in return doesn’t help someone breath just because they got the injection. I am totally for legalization of marijuana, and I voted for DeSantis and would do it all over again! DeSantis is a great Governor here in fl we haven’t been locked down like other states Mostly Blue states.

    • ian raab

      January 27, 2022 at 8:15 am

      gotta get rid of cigarettes to people smoke 20 cigarettes a day, they always stink and don’t get me started on the boozers they smell like a urinal. Gun power smells bad to… Gotta get the smells out of other peoples houses so the government don’t catch a wiff from the assistance of the red tide sea breeze… THAT STINKS… RED TIDE THE SMELL OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH.THAT STINKS
      (Check out De’smatas roll in the dumping of waste on the florida gulf coast…)

    • ian raab

      January 27, 2022 at 8:18 am

      gotta get rid of cigarettes to people smoke 20 cigarettes a day, they always stink and don’t get me started on the boozers they smell like a urinal. Gun power smells bad to… Gotta get the smells out of other peoples houses so the government don’t catch a wiff from the assistance of the red tide sea breeze… THAT STINKS… RED TIDE THE SMELL OF THOUSANDS OF DEAD FISH.THAT STINKS
      (Check out De’smatas roll in the dumping of waste on the florida gulf coast…) Piney Point phosphate plant

    • Brian Kelly

      January 27, 2022 at 9:26 am

      Tom,

      Name calling and stereotyping. It’s all that prohibitionists have left to offer society since virtually every piece of cannabis propaganda out there has been thoroughly debunked, and completely dismissed by a smarter than prohibitionists thought public.

      Nobody can provide a real reason to continue the “War on Cannabis” because there isn’t one.

      You know, a little live and let live goes a real long way towards ensuring a very long, stress and anger free life.

      If somebody doesn’t approve of cannabis, then by all means, that person shouldn’t consume cannabis. Nobody is ever going to force anybody to consume cannabis that doesn’t desire to. Plain and simple. Problem solved.

      Let’s allow other hard-working, tax paying adults to make their own choices about cannabis.

      The government has no business attempting to legislate morality by creating victim-less cannabis “crimes” because it simply doesn’t work and has already cost the taxpayers a fortune.

      • Greg

        January 27, 2022 at 9:59 am

        Except..pot farms stink. They stink up the entire surrounding area. Ask me how I know.

        • Joe

          January 27, 2022 at 3:55 pm

          LOL have you never been in a town that processes oranges?

          • Big Den

            January 28, 2022 at 11:19 am

            Or paper, or even sugar for that matter.

      • Tom

        January 27, 2022 at 5:41 pm

        You don’t get to make your own rules up. We are a civil society, we are a democratic Republic. Federal law says cannabis is illegal. States do not have to allow. I applaud Gov Ron, America’s Governor saying he’s not likely to endorse it. I’m not name calling. I am stereotyping and joking on cannabis. Cheek & Chong as a joke.

        It’s not that simple to say it’s live and let live. Someone in public, maxed out in public on cannabis behavior becomes a threat to society. The stink of smells is pugnant. In public or behind closed doors cannabis is a concern. Pot heads have major issues. I grew up in late 60’s snd 70 ‘s, I know what I speak. Nikki Fraud is a disgrace. She continued to earn her cannabis revenue. Not happening pot heads, go grow your plants, stanks. Watch Cheech and Chong for the 1000 time.

        • John Thomas

          January 27, 2022 at 6:25 pm

          @Tom — You say: “Federal law says cannabis is illegal.”

          Marijuana prohibition was FRAUDULENTLY enacted in 1937 by soon-to-be-out-of-work alcohol prohibition bureaucrat, Harry Asnlinger. He desperately wanted a new empire and no lie was too big to tell to get it.

          Only two doctors testified at the hearings for the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 – the deviously named legislation enacting marijuana prohibition.

          The representative of the American Medical Association said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and no reason to prohibit it. He pointed out that it was used in hundreds of common medicines with no significant reports of problems.

          In response, the committee told him that if he wasn’t going to cooperate, he should shut up and leave.

          The only other doctor to testify was Dr. James C. Munch. His sole claim to fame was that he had injected some extract of cannabis directly into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn’t know what to conclude.

          Dr. Munch later testified in court, under oath, that marijuana would make your incisors grow six inches long and drip with blood. He also said that, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat.

          Dr. Munch was the only doctor in the US who thought marijuana should be illegal so he was appointed US Official Expert on marijuana, where he served for 25 years.

        • Bo

          January 28, 2022 at 10:31 am

          “maxed out in public on cannabis behavior becomes a threat to society.”

          LOLOLOLOL you CLEARLY have no idea what you’re talking about. You’ve clearly never used it before yourself so you should just shut up about it and stick to things you know about, whatever that may be.

          “Go watch up in smoke”

          That seems to be your ONLY reference point to cannabis! LOL What are you, 80?

        • Big Den

          January 28, 2022 at 11:49 am

          We are a LONG way from the 60″s. Nikki fried earned her money lobbying for cannabis which 71% of Floridians want, not exactly a disgrace in most of our eyes, I’m sure.
          I hope she can get 71% of our vote next Gov. election.
          BTW I can smoke legally as I have a card that says I can, You don’t get to make your own rules up. “We are a civil society, we are a democratic Republic. Federal law says cannabis is illegal. States do not have to allow.”
          But this state did allow, so pfft whatever.

    • Stephen

      January 27, 2022 at 11:09 am

      What Blue State was destroyed by Cannabis? Why only a Blue State? So the Red States that decriminalized cannabis is okay for you just not the tyrannical Blue States?

    • KCOD

      January 27, 2022 at 12:30 pm

      Wow, not since he started MySpace has Tom crapped the bed on facing up to publishing the facts related to his claim of a “triple risk”.

      From the JAMA, “Rare cases of cardiac inflammation following SARS-CoV-2 vaccination have been reported.”
      https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2782900

      So much for another HUTA “conservative” demonstrating a weak sense of humor and a dedication to his ignorance by never taking the next step to confirm his facts,, due to his Q fetish.

      P.S. I know you’re obsessed with POT and have at least three tie-died pieces in your teeshirt drawer. Also, Chechen is a place and people in eastern Europe. I believe you were going for “Cheech and Chong” but you go hung up using the (&). So while the citizens of that oppressive blue state you escaped had the freedom to do what they want without the government putting them in jail… we can only hope that a portion of the $2 Billion in tax revenue against a $12 billion market since 2014 might be spent on education… unless you learned to write here in Florida, we all agree that schools in Florida suck so you’re excused.

    • george

      January 27, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      If reckless ron is concerned about unpleasant odors how about making tobacco illegal?

      • John Thomas

        January 27, 2022 at 6:27 pm

        Right. – DeSantis is just going down the path of sleazy demonizing of millions of good citizens.

      • Big Den

        January 28, 2022 at 11:53 am

        Or pollution in general? Paper, oranges, sugar, coal burning. All these cause horrendous smells that travel for MIles!

    • Keven Sabet

      January 27, 2022 at 4:09 pm

      Your a special kind of stupid. The bottle of whiskey you drink is way worse for the body than a pound of weed. There are no states destroyed by marijuana. You are a freak.

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks for all the lies. — You have proved your Republican credentials.

      Every person who chooses near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol, improves their health significantly – as well as the lives of their family and community.

    • Casey

      February 1, 2022 at 2:55 pm

      Just because you smoke cannabis doesn’t make you a loser or a hippy. Would love to smoke my cannabis but can’t because of stupid Gov. DeSantis. And all stupid laws he supports. Besides it’s Such a copout, “I don’t like the smell”. Then do be around it. Bars smell like shit but people still go there. And get drunk and hit and kill people every day. But let’s not talk about that. Because it’s “ legal”. Alcohol and Tobacco is far worse than smoking a joint.

  • Concern Citizen

    January 27, 2022 at 9:20 am

    Governor DeSantis … Florida being a state of “freedom”, will be able to freely smoke a marijuana cigarette legally on my property that I protect with the blessing of the Second Amendment? Can I grow a few plants of marijuana on my property? I holding my breath for your answers. Thanks

    • Greg

      January 27, 2022 at 10:00 am

      Pot farms stink. That’s what the story is about. What is a “few” plants? If your property stinks then you are affecting the quiet and reasonable enjoyment of my property if I am your neighbor. I don’t want to smell you.

      • Charles Whitacre

        January 27, 2022 at 11:30 am

        Have you ever lived next to the train tracks, waking up to that loud ass noise every hour? Ever lived next to a cow field, or corn fields during fertilizer season, a meat processing plant, or any heavy industry where they have THE RIGHT to stink up the air? Fields of pretty weed and hemp flowers are probably the least offensive things you could live next to…..my neighbors grow acres of cotton every year, and the clouds of white flies come flying from his maturing cotton plants, and literally destroy my beans and tomatoes every August….can I sue him? Can I blame him? I WISH a so-called “pot farm” was next door! The environment standards would be much higher and the high taxes on the crops would pay for better roads and more updated power grid!

        • John Thomas

          January 27, 2022 at 6:29 pm

          @Charles Whitacre

          Right! – Complaints about the smell are the coward’s way of demonizing marijuana consumers.

      • Tjb

        January 27, 2022 at 12:25 pm

        So the state or cities can set up area zoned for the growing of pot away from your house. Does that work for you?

      • Stephen

        January 27, 2022 at 12:35 pm

        Greg

        So Florida should ban the dairy Farms , pig farms and meat processing plants? They smell a lot worse than a cannabis farm.

        • John Thomas

          January 27, 2022 at 6:32 pm

          Check! – And don’t forget the sulphur hell in the air for miles around paper mills!

      • george

        January 27, 2022 at 3:27 pm

        Tobacco stinks – not seeing any push to make tobacco illegal in FL.

        Pot farms don’t stink any more than any agricultural product and par less than pig and dairy farms

      • Joe

        January 27, 2022 at 3:56 pm

        disingenuous argument is disingenuous

      • Big Den

        January 28, 2022 at 12:09 pm

        Pot smells no more than basil or any other fragrant herb. I mean it is just a plant after all. “Pot farms stink.” When have you ever actually smelled one? You couldn’t have is what.

  • Brian Kelly

    January 27, 2022 at 9:28 am

    Cannabis consumers deserve and demand equal rights and protections under our laws that are currently afforded to the drinkers of far more dangerous and deadly, yet perfectly legal, widely accepted, endlessly advertised and even glorified as an All-American pastime, alcohol.

    Plain and simple!

    Legalize Nationwide Federally Now!

    It’s time for us, the majority of The People to take back control of our national cannabis policy. By voting OUT of office any and all politicians who very publicly and vocally admit to having an anti-cannabis, prohibitionist agenda! Time to vote’em all OUT of office. Period. Plain and simple.

    Politicians who continue to demonize Cannabis, Corrupt Law Enforcement Officials who prefer to ruin peoples lives over Cannabis possession rather than solve real crimes who fund their departments toys and salaries with monies acquired through cannabis home raids, seizures and forfeitures, and so-called “Addiction Specialists” who make their income off of the judicial misfortunes of our citizens who choose cannabis, – Your actions go against The Will of The People and Your Days In Office Are Numbered! Find new careers before you don’t have one.

    The People have spoken! Get on-board with Cannabis Legalization Nationwide, or be left behind and find new careers. Your choice.

  • Don'tbelieveeverythingyouread

    January 27, 2022 at 10:03 am

    I’m for legalization. Will never smoke it.

    Up to the individual as I’m not your mommy.

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      Good for you. I’m for legalization and will rarely smoke it. I do enjoy vaporizing, though. 8^) That has almost no smell.

      It’s tragic how millions of Americans fought and died for freedom, but now, so many don’t care about it

  • Dethsantis Caesar

    January 27, 2022 at 10:19 am

    Wow, he really is fresh out of excuses! The damn “smell”??? He had a chance to embrace the inevitable legalization of this harmless plant, and pledge his support and get behind this slow march toward freedom (if he claims to be so pro-freedom) that might have secured a few more votes! But, as usual, he is preaching to his devoted radical base; the “reefer madness”……”don’t Fauchi my Florida” , “gateway drug” base of his. Doubling down on the “good old fashioned republican base” whom he believes will worship him like the Caesar he is. I honestly thought he might embrace the fact that America can’t keep this “war on drugs” farce up forever, and pledge decriminalization….at least 65 percent of us want it! I’ve smelled weed, it’s no worse than any farming industry, and could have brought us BILLIONS of dollars to fix these [email protected] schools and roads! One day when Mississippi Alabama and Georgia are reaping the benefits, maybe Florida law makers will get jealous and wake up…let’s go Charlie! Vote out this roman Caesar

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:42 pm

      @Dethsantis Caesar

      Opposition to legalizing marijuana is not primarily about bigotry, although it’s a big factor.

      Polls show 68 – 70 percent of all Americans want to end the monstrously destructive, insane war on marijuana consumers. – 75 percent say leave it up to the states. More than 90 percent approve of medical marijuana. Now, even a majority of Republicans want to end this sick, witch hunt. – So why do we still have it?

      Because police and prosecutors build their careers and empires on the fraudulent marijuana prohibition. Because industries like alcohol and pharmaceuticals don’t want the competition. Because other interests like the bogus “treatment” quacks, the drug testing industry and the prison industries depend on it for their life’s blood. Because many banks and shaky corporations couldn’t exist without the laundered money. Because it’s a Republican tool weaponized by Richard Nixon to attack and oppress Blacks and Progressives.

      But we’re still winning. 8^)

  • Charles Whitacre

    January 27, 2022 at 10:34 am

    I’ve sat in a Florida prison for a couple of plants on my own property, brutalized and extorted by the sheriff, in the end it’s a great excuse to rob innocent people and steal their property and/or possessions…heaven forbid some God fearing, devoted Christian be allowed to grow the crop of his choice on his own heavily taxed land! And they made ME a felon! Put you on the front page of the news paper and everything, like a criminal….while desantis is out there Robbin’ and Killin’ and slaying manatees in record number. Lol. What a punk…Florida is such a ruthless police state now, and there’s no wonder why he has the support of the “police chiefs” and troopers association:(

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      Florida has long had a serious problem with corruption. A large part of it is because Miami has been a major transshipment point for illegal drugs for decades.

      Many have called Miami the “capitol of South America” because of it.

      Prohibition is very profitable for a lot of people.

  • MXW

    January 27, 2022 at 10:45 am

    Being from out of state (OK) my impression of DeSantis is he’s a DANDY and an SOB (sweet ol’ boy)
    LMAO

    • george

      January 27, 2022 at 3:29 pm

      You got the right acronym but the wrong definition.

      Worst governor in the country. The best thing about his policies is that he is killing off the dumbest voters in the state – the ones that vote for him.

  • Catrina duncan

    January 27, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Countless people have sat in jail for cannabis, in fact, the most dangerous part of this so-called “drug” is being caught with it! The cattle barons and corn tycoons in my Florida town stink up the air with cow crap and fertilizer….yet Deathsantis won’t say a dang thing about them poisoning the land and water with this! And his only excuse is the “smell”. People should “breathe free”???? I could list a hundred crops more environmentally damaging than cannabis sativa! God you are dumb! Pander to your base dum-dum! His wife is dying of cancer and he still won’t take a day off from his “power quest”. He wants to radicalize his loyal trumper base so hard, he shouldn’t even run for governor, he has already stolen so much money he will be rich for 100 years, he doesn’t even need to do this! His thirst for power is unquenchable…you just know he’s the worst husband on earth. Please don’t let this fool become president…. goodbye America

    • george

      January 27, 2022 at 3:30 pm

      Well said!

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      Good post. While cannabis has a distinctive smell, it doesn’t have the harms of the other sources you named.

      In fact, cannabis is a good rotation crop,, improving the soil. And NO ONE has ever died from consuming marijuana. — That makes it safer than aspirin, caffiene and peanuts!

  • Tom

    January 27, 2022 at 12:42 pm

    No cannabis, it’s a federal crime!
    Too bad, you tie dye pot heads.
    I came from a corrupt union, blue tyrannical state. Legalized cannabis. It’s awful!
    Get a job and a life losers! All you dinners, drinking, smoking, potting.
    Go have a bong party with Nikki.
    Watch up in smoke!

    • george

      January 27, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      Too bad your parents didn’t send you to school. It is a shame to be so stupid.

      • Tom

        January 27, 2022 at 7:39 pm

        F yourself degenerate pot head.
        Too bad your parents didn’t teach you to wipe. Go scratch.

    • Wally

      January 27, 2022 at 6:49 pm

      “up in smoke”??? That’s the obscure reference from 1978 you’re using? Ha ha ha…oh man are you old school! “Tie dye hippy”??? Man are u brainwashed! U keep mentioning blue state tyrants, the people commenting here are probably deep south Floridians! I’m as “red state” as u can get, and even I can tell you it’s wasteful to throw away billions on locking up honest folks for harmless leaves! Ironically, hot peppers are far more damaging to the human body than weed plants….damn are you brainwashed, can’t understand what you’re saying with trumps dick in your mouth…lol spit that dick out man, hearing u talk is word-for-word just like listening to Donald trump’s propaganda

      • Tom

        January 27, 2022 at 8:12 pm

        Go F yourself Wally. What a degenerate. Go vote for Gillium.

        • MrSquiggly

          January 29, 2022 at 1:50 am

          Lol! His insults sound like they are being randomly generated from an insult website.

    • John Thomas

      January 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

      @Tom – Shame on you for such dishonesty and bigotry.

      SAMHSA research has determined more than 100 million Americans have consumed marijuana. About HALF the of-age population.

      There are now more than 50 million current U.S. consumers. The vast majority consume moderately – on the weekends or less, and are successful, hard-working, respected members of their communities. They are from all walks of life and loved by the families they support.

      Since we now know marijuana is less “addictive” than coffee, is about HALF as intoxicating as alcohol (for a much shorter duration of time), is not a significant cause of auto accidents, does not fuel violence like alcohol, and is far less harmful than alcohol, this is no surprise.

      Smart employers prefer their workers consume near harmless marijuana (at home, after work), rather than addictive, very harmful, violence-inducing, traffic-accident-causing, hangover-producing alcohol.

      Every person who chooses near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol, improves their health significantly – as well as the lives of their family and community.

      Marijuana is as American as apple pie – and healthier.

  • Stephen

    January 27, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Poor Tom just mad at the world. He wishes it was the 1950’s when White Males controlled everything.

    The tyranny is killing him!!!!!

    • Cathrine. Lowe

      January 27, 2022 at 3:35 pm

      Well, ol Tom’s not too far off…as the draconian police state we got going on in Florida much resembles the 1950’s!!!! Tom, and other ignorant trash like him, love the fact that people who chose cannabis and other natural herbs, can be beaten, pepper sprayed and cuffed for being in contact with ANY AMOUNT of this “deadly schedule one narcotic”. He calls them “hippies” or “potheads”, but is most certainly a pot- bellied alcoholic high school dropout, and an internet troll loser to boot

    • Tom

      January 27, 2022 at 5:53 pm

      F yourself degenerate pot head.

      • John Thomas

        January 27, 2022 at 6:52 pm

        @Tom – When you can’t respond to points, make lame insults.

        • Big Den

          January 28, 2022 at 12:21 pm

          He sounds like another spoiled rotten child that never had to grow up.

          • Tom

            January 28, 2022 at 2:46 pm

            Hardly, you pud.
            Wah Wah Wah, I want my cannabis.
            Wah I’m
            A dumb ass liberal give me my cannabis. need my joint. Wah
            Whose the mental dependent? Not me pothead. Go watch up in smoke again
            Morons, pot heads night out. George, Stephen, Wally, Catherine, den mother.

      • MrSquiggly

        January 29, 2022 at 1:55 am

        Lol. We wear that term. “Pot Head” “Hippie” “Reefer” Etc etc. With a source of pride. You’re mad because every single attempt to stop the “Devil’s Lettuce” has ended up in failure. Can’t find a single thing that would instantly let you win this war and prove anyone wrong. Well guess your degenerate low browed smooth brained comments and less than stellar Intellect shows through the flimsy and cracked exterior of your weak personality. You can’t come up with a single thing we’ve not ever heard through our life times. All you can do is wave your little stick pitifully and grunt like a cave man.

  • Gene clemmons

    January 27, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    The only thing that stinks around here is the death and destruction desantis has left in his wake! With Covid denial, endless red tide diseases, fish kills, the environment being poisoned by dirty industry (he has in his back pocket)…..worst governor in the nation, and just as bad as that mobbed up gangster Rick Scott! He’s a thief and a liar please for the love of God vote him out while you still can!!!!

    • Tommy

      January 27, 2022 at 4:30 pm

      Couldn’t agree more, well said!

    • Tom

      January 27, 2022 at 5:50 pm

      Go F yourselves Gene, Catherine and Stephen, alias the stanks!
      You are just degenerate pot heads.
      Blue state tyrants. You voted for the other degenerate Gillium, the chosen one. Go scratch. Cannabis ain’t passing and it ain’t being signed,

      • John Thomas

        January 27, 2022 at 6:54 pm

        @Tom

        lol — If you don’t like cannabis, you won’t like the future. — Better move to Singapore where they love fascist like you.

        • Tom

          January 27, 2022 at 8:06 pm

          John, shove the fascist crap.
          You and the rest like Carherine, George and Stephen have your organs twisted cause people actually don’t want to be up in smoke and stank.
          Save the fascist crap you racist. You can oppose cannabis on merit and not be burnout advocate like the rest of you. So if your not for cannabis, your a fascist. Save it, DeSantis is America’s Gov and he will not sign, it won’t pass legislature.

          • John Thomas

            January 28, 2022 at 3:54 am

            @Tom – You are confused.

            When you live in dense neighborhood, as most people do, you pollute the air in various ways. With your lawnmower and other gas-powered equipment, your car exhaust, your barbecue charcoal and lighter fluid, the fertilizer/chicken manure you put on your grass, bushes, flowers, the smoke coming out of your chimney, etc.

            ALL of those are not only more odiferous than marijuana, they are actually TOXIC, damaging to the health of people who breathe them.

            You grossly exaggerate the fragrance of marijuana that millions of people clearly like, especially as compared to the many ways people contaminate the air that nobody ever complains about.

            It’s called being a good neighbor. And being a tolerant, cooperative citizen. It seems you’re just looking for an excuse to characterize marijuana as a bad thing because of your prejudice.

            Consuming marijuana is FAR less harmful to the consumer, and to society, than is your beer, wine, etc.

      • Big Den

        January 28, 2022 at 12:26 pm

        I can smoke medically so can a very, very large number of people, I don’t think that makes us degenerate “pot heads.” It will eventually pass. Republicans at the federal level are already pushing bills for this to happen. You are just going to end up like a beaten animal left to die in a cage. Sad really, but you have rabies so…

        • Tom

          January 28, 2022 at 2:31 pm

          Fuck you big dumb ass, den.
          Wah Wah I want my pot. Nikki fraud said so. Kiss off u A hole.
          Don’t we have enough death with Drugs, you ignorant pot head indulger. you are a ignorant tool.

    • Tom

      January 27, 2022 at 8:09 pm

      Gene, I mean stank, ops I mean Gene, Biden and Fauci have over a million perished from Covid. Think about it man. Have a joint man. Pass the munchies man. What a bunch of crumbs.

  • John Thomas

    January 27, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    So all DeSantis objects to about marijuana is the smell? — That reeks of hypocrisy. and dishonesty. – There are various ways to consume marijuana that don’t create a smell – as with edibles and vaporizers.

    NO state regrets re-legalizing marijuana. The statement that they do is just another DeSantis lie.

    Every person who chooses near harmless marijuana over addictive, very harmful alcohol, improves their health significantly – as well as the lives of their family and community.

    It’s insane and incredibly cruel to continue ANY punishment of responsible, adult marijuana consumers!

  • Douglas Goodwin Jr.

    January 27, 2022 at 6:37 pm

    Good ol’ Tom!!! HaHaHaHaHaHa! I like that: “pot head”. Hahahahahah…oh God that’s good….he’s straight out of the 70’s man. Desantis isn’t signing or “passing” anything for the record, no governor can, but when it someday makes it into the ballot box, rest assured, the voters will INDEED vote for legal weed! That much is sure! Desantis and his bitch Ashley Moody will keep trying to smack down the will of the people, but at least 2 thirds of us want to legalize that silly little plant Tom hates so much!!!!!

    • Tom

      January 27, 2022 at 7:46 pm

      Lots of hate coming from you Cheech & Chong. Ain’t getting on the ballot and not getting signed man. What’s the problem man. Smoke a joint man.
      Call Gillium man. I mean Douglas Goodwin jr, man.

      • John Thomas

        January 28, 2022 at 4:02 am

        @Tom – No. He’s right. Anyone who is just mildly aware of the history of marijuana legalization knows we are ending the fraudulently enacted marijuana prohibition, just as we ended the misguided alcohol prohibition.

        • Tom

          January 28, 2022 at 2:27 pm

          No one cares bout you John, Douglas. Gene, Stephen, Wally or any burnout, pothead, cannabis lover. Save your grievance, cannabis is a drug that society can do without. We have enough crime, looting, corrupt money acts, suicide, drug dependency and other social things. Get a life losers. Enough.

          • John Thomas

            January 28, 2022 at 3:54 pm

            @Tom – You’re DEAD wrong, as always. Polls show 68 to 70 percent of ALL Americans want to end the monstrously destructive, fraudulently enacted marijuana prohibition.

            Thanks for showing that Republicans consider 70 percent of Americans “nobody.” — Typical fascist. – Go suck down your VASTLY more harmful Budweiser.

          • Tom

            January 30, 2022 at 8:14 am

            Wah, Wah, Wah John Thomas.
            You are crying you little baby.
            I want my cannabis. Wah,
            I don’t drink Budweiser you pud.

      • Big Den

        January 28, 2022 at 12:51 pm

        Cheech and Chong’s net worth? Fifty million give or take. Not exactly the big putdown you’re looking for I’m thinking.

        • Tom

          January 28, 2022 at 2:33 pm

          Yeah cause dumb ass potheads like you watch it 1000 times, with your bong. F u

  • CHARLES GREEN

    January 27, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Drinking Alcohol is the real legal killer of MANY PEOPLE, IT RUINS many families lives when it is abused in which I believe happens more than marijuana.

  • CHARLES GREEN

    January 27, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Gas and diesel exhaust smells bad too, and will kill you, complain about that

    • Candy jones

      January 28, 2022 at 4:46 pm

      Because petrochemical manufacturing donates big ass money to republican monsters like desantis….they are the puppet masters that pull the strings around here, along with alcohol, tobacco lobbyists firearms and many other deadly vices and big pharma! Those things may slowly ruin society, but he can’t complain about the stank of those things!

  • Dan - Boca

    January 28, 2022 at 1:29 pm

    Pot has been a huge help to people dealing with chronic pain where opioids cause even more damage then the pain they are trying to help.

  • Marcus peters

    January 29, 2022 at 3:56 pm

    Floridians both red and blue have GOT to get this heartless Caesar out the emperor’s throne! [email protected] this frickin guy is dumb…. The smell? He and his friends take advantage of underage hookers that smell worse than a field of cannabis plants…..he was on Trumps duck so hard, up until he decided to get it into his greasy head to take the presidency! I’ve seen him at his little “ass-kissing ceremonies” where he surrounds himself with the most IGNORANT republicans, hyping up his base to the fullest and kissing his own ass! What a pig…if u believe anything he says, you’re crazy

    • Tom

      January 30, 2022 at 8:50 am

      Truly demented Marcus and candy,
      Liberal mental illness rampant.
      Memo: Biden is negative 38% approval in Florida, negative in 46 states.
      America’s Gov wins bigly Nov 22.
      WH is very doable after the re elect!
      Enjoy.

      • Republican Guard

        January 30, 2022 at 4:13 pm

        A hundred thousand Floridians have read this stupid article in the last four days, and the ONLY one to post a POSITIVE comment about Bitchsantis is that stupid, Trump-humping Tom! What does that tell you about the evolution of the typical southern voter? Anyone with a brain knows Dicksantis would probably destroy America within weeks…much like he destroyed Florida…in 9 months we will see a new governor, Deathsantis is a racist pig and a thief to boot, and his Trump-humping base is clearly as racist and corrupt as he is if they’re ok with what he’s pushing! I mean, the guy got billions of dollars from Biden himself, money that was to pay the landlords of Florida who have been hurt by the pandemic…then he JUST KEPT THE CASH! he put it in his pocket and he’s refusing to pay the landlords who have been ripped off! He runs his d!ck-suckin mouth about “tax and spend democrats” then he steals all the money meant to help poor people and landlords that haven’t been paid in years! Old “Tom the Troll” is a real dying breed, I tell ya! Let’s hear ya make another “Cheech n Chong” reference twinkle tits tom….

        • Tom

          January 30, 2022 at 4:27 pm

          Mental moron man,
          Yeah man go smoke your doobie.
          What’s the problem man?
          Pass the joint man
          I’m just sitting here man
          Let’s watch Cheech and Chong man
          Cool man. Turn on Up In Smoke man.
          LMAO Stop banging your sister man.

          • Truth

            February 1, 2022 at 10:16 pm

            Fuck you Tom, you bitch ass faggot

  • Tom

    February 3, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    Hey Truth, Fuck yourself jag off man.
    What’s the problem man.
    Smoke your joint man.
    Go watch Cheech & Chong man.
    Up in smoke man.
    Far out man.
    Be cool man.
    You are a moron Man.
    And Kiss my ass man.
    Laugh my ass off man!

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