Republicans in Florida are poised to introduce a bill to legalize the florensians legal cannabis industry and allow them to open dispensaries to the public.
The legislation, SB 977, was introduced by State Sen. Bill Bradshaw, R-Gainesville, and Sen. Tom Apodaca, D-Canton, the sponsors of the 2016 legislative session’s House Bill 977.
The legislation is modeled on Colorado and Washington State’s cannabis laws, and is modeled after the Massachusetts initiative legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.
The bill will be considered by the House of Representatives on Monday, and it’s expected to pass.
It has garnered the support of Republicans in the Florida House, which is currently controlled by Democrats, and a majority of Republican senators.
The measure would allow Florida residents to possess up to four ounces of marijuana, and could create a tax credit to incentivize cultivation.
In the state, medical marijuana patients can purchase up to six ounces of cannabis and can grow up to eight plants.
The Florida House approved SB 978 in May.
It has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee for further study.
“It’s an important piece of legislation, and the Florida Legislature should look at this legislation as a whole,” Bradshaw told The Hill.
“There are many people who want to be able to use this cannabis, but they don’t want to go to jail for doing so.”
Currently, Florida has a moratorium on legalizing recreational pot, which has been put in place since 2014, and only permits medical marijuana dispensaries.
But, Bradshaw said, the legislation should allow Floridians to legally cultivate marijuana and use it for medicinal purposes.
The law would allow people to possess at least four ounces and grow up-to-eight plants.
A maximum of 12 people can apply for a license to grow marijuana in a facility.
It also provides for a tax deduction for up to $2,500 in costs associated with the cultivation of marijuana for medicinal use.
The state has legalized recreational marijuana sales and the use of marijuana paraphernalia.
It’s illegal to grow, possess or possess cannabis.
It is legal to sell recreational marijuana.