DeSantis Slams New Initiative to Promote Recreational Use of Marijuana

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Whether Florida will be the next state to legalize recreational marijuana is a topic of much speculation.

However, Governor Ron DeSantis is not concealing his negative sentiments regarding the initiative that will be on the ballot this year.

While attending a news conference in Miami in April, he identified a number of uncertainties regarding the legalization of recreational marijuana for adult use.

“This state will start to smell like marijuana in our cities and towns. It will reduce the quality of life. Look at the weed one for example. The weed one is not just to decriminalize, it’s basically a license to have it anywhere you want. So no time, place and manner restrictions.” DeSantis said during the news conference.

Experts are currently opining on the appearance and odor of items in the 24 additional states where it is already permissible.

Florida is already a significant participant in the medical marijuana industry, with more than 800,000 registered patients. DeSantis expressed his conviction that additional expansion is unnecessary.

“Every part of Florida, not just South Florida, I see marijuana stores. We have medical marijuana in the state that has been approved and I implemented it. They hadn’t implemented it before I became governor. I implemented it and satisfied that the intent, but do we really need to do more,” DeSantis remarked.

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