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Petition filed to make recreational marijuana use legal In Florida: Report

A petition was reportedly filed in Florida to put a question on the ballot next year to decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

CBS 4 Miami reported Friday that the activist group Make It Legal Florida told the news outlet it filed the petition with the state’s board of elections, the first step to getting the question on the ballot in 2020.

{mosads}If approved by the board, the petition will require more than 750,000 from registered Florida voters before appearing on the ballot, according to CBS 4.

The petition came months after a bill was passed in the state to legalize smokeable medical marijuana. A Florida judge had previously ruled the state’s ban unconstitutional.

Medical marijuana was first legalized in the state two years ago via constitutional amendment following a similar ballot initiative in 2016.

The state’s agricultural commissioner, Nikki Fried, has reportedly said in the past that she supports the question being put to a vote on the ballot.

Ten states and Washington, D.C., have fully legalized recreational marijuana, while others have decriminalized possession of the drug, though Florida has not taken any steps towards legalizing recreational marijuana before now.

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