Ron DeSantis promises to protect states’ rights on weed

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'We'll respect the decisions that the states make on that.'

Ron DeSantis’ concerns about cannabis are well-documented. But in Iowa on Saturday, he said he’d honor state-level decisions on the issue in the event he’s elected President.

“We’ll respect the decisions that the states make on that,” the Governor said Saturday in Dubuque.

He added in that some places that have legalized adult-use cannabis, such as “California and Colorado,” the right to use marijuana “definitely caused a negative impact on their workforce but on medical freedom.”

On Saturday, he also said that legalized weed created “problems in the cities” and empowered the “black market,” positions familiar to those who listen to him closely.

Florida voters may get to decide if they want non-medical adult use marijuana in 2024, with a citizens’ initiative having gotten more than half of the 891,589 signatures required to get it on the ballot. It would require more than 60% of the vote to become law, and legislators are already looking to blunt its impacts. One new bill (HB 1269) proposes a THC cap of 10% for Delta 8 and Delta 9 to go into effect 30 days after the amendment passes, if it makes the ballot this November.

DeSantis has denounced adult-use cannabis legalization in the past.

“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 in 2022. “I could not believe the pungent odor that you would see in some of these places. I don’t want to see that here. I want people to be able to breathe freely.”

In Iowa this summer, he said he opposed legalization because “they can throw fentanyl in” to the product. Last month on the trail, he suggested that patients in Florida’s Medical Marijuana Program use medical conditions as a “pretext” for getting high.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Dont Say FLA

    January 6, 2024 at 12:37 pm

    Back when America was “great,” nobody was drug tested at work and high school kids had easy access to beer. Just sayin’.

    • Christian Wring

      January 6, 2024 at 4:53 pm

      Everyone had easy access to guns make when and now they have even better to access to guns in Florida. DeathSantis doesn’t give a damn about kids being murdered with guns or women allowed to die because they can’t get a medical abortion. States deciding is if it suits the Christian Right

      • Jason Karimi

        January 6, 2024 at 8:09 pm

        Shut up commie. Disarming schools makes kids sitting targets. Why do you lack compassion for victims and want them defenseless? Stay out of my town

  • Carl Olsen

    January 6, 2024 at 12:45 pm

    What GOP candidate does not respect states’ rights? What will he do if elected president. Joe Biden initiated a scheduling review for cannabis, which he said he would do before he got elected. Governor DeSantis just said “nothing” other than the GOP mantra “states’ rights.” Come on, Ron. Show some actual substance.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      January 6, 2024 at 12:56 pm

      Two examples in the news this week of G0P candidates not respecting states rights are both Donald J Trump. The states are Colorado and Maine.

      • Jason Karimi

        January 6, 2024 at 8:09 pm

        Don’t ever walk in my town or look me in the eye, tyrant.

        • Ron Forrest Ron

          January 7, 2024 at 10:20 am

          I promise, but you’ll have to tell me what town you live it and show me what you look like such that I might comply with your demand not to walk in your town (presumably not LA) or look you in the eye.

  • Earl Pitts "WEED EXPERT" American

    January 6, 2024 at 5:41 pm

    Basically America,
    What our “Sage NEXT POTUS Ron Desantis” is telling all you “Old Hippies” and “Young “G”‘s” is this:
    If your State lets you Smoke Weed then under The DeSantis Administration and (this is the “Sure-Fire” Desantis “Vote Getter”l) …. the exact same “Vote Getter” that brought you “Obama Care”.
    There you have it “WEED HEADS” not only will DeSantis “Restore The Economey”, “Prevent WWIII”, “Keep The Radical Muzzy’s At Bay”
    TAA TA TAA DAA !!!!!:
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “WEED EXPERT” American
    There you go, America, no other candidate even comes close to pushing “ALL YOUR BUTTONS” like Ron DeSantis.

    • Jason Karimi

      January 6, 2024 at 8:10 pm

      Try speaking coherently and not like a druggie. Freak

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  • Jason Karimi

    January 6, 2024 at 8:08 pm

    This is why DeSantis will never be President.

    What legal marijuana is sold at a state licensed and tested facility that has fentanyl?

    Republicans deserve to lose all freedoms and elections in perpetuity for such evil ignorance and intentional criminality.

    Us weed advocates — here for decades to come— are targeting desantis in Iowa until caucuses. Run him out of the state we shall. Short little troll boy with no charisma and cowardly body language showing he can’t lead, this is the issue to expose the stupidity. Stay in Florida short guy


    January 13, 2024 at 2:15 pm

    Well I sure as hell don’t respect any decision if it is to actually occur to cap it at 10%. How many millions of dollars have the American people put into this medicinal marijuana plan from the beginning? I’ve probably spent give or take 50 to $75,000 to the state of Florida and to have my medicinal marijuana which mind you saved my life from these God damn pill Mills and for somebody to think that they know better and what my tolerance should be at as a politician, and not a doctor?! Yes I got a problem with this hair brain idea. Nobody will conform to it without growing their own personal medicine in the first place. At least I will. Are the feds going to come kick in my door because I’m growing for plants that are over 10% THC? Give me a break. This guy just couldn’t leave well enough alone could he? I called this a few years ago when everybody’s asking for legalizing weed! Well no. Because then everybody has a green thumb all of a sudden and people get sick. And I blame trulieve for donating millions of dollars pushing the legalization of
    marijuana. Instead of leaving the medical marijuana as a sure thing because then we could just pay for our cards to generate revenue for the state and in turn dispensaries and American citizens could benefit as well. No. They want to have every last bit of it after it’s been set up signed sealed and delivered ready for them to just take. I for one would like a huge check out of the Roach’s personal bank account for all the lies for one, stealing straight up from every person that tried to make this legit especially with 71% of vote, one stupid idea overrides all of our opinion? That’s not the way this country works. And if anybody votes for this scumbag who reneged on what we are promised and especially what we have paid through the freaking nose for to be legit, just to find out that the government is scamming people just like all these people that are not working and scamming people for living. I have lost all trust and most people and without a doubt the government and the DEA not one time since the pill Mills has accepted responsibility for that loophole being wide open. In turn, getting so many people on ridiculous amounts of narcotics and you want to take away the one thing that saved my life? Well better agree to disagree because I will have my medicine as potent as I need it whether I have to do it myself or not because it’s not going to be a federal crime and the police won’t waste their time with a couple of plants that might be over 10% and waste their
    resources. So I dare this to actually somehow be imposed after all the lies and scumbaggery throughout the past 5 to 6 years.

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