Issues of Interest

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS

Medical Marijuana United for Care, the group led by Orlando attorney John Morgan, has collected the necessary 10% of the signatures required to trigger the review of the proposed amendment language by Attorney General Pam Bondi and the Florida Supreme Court.  Two other proposed amendments related to marijuana use have been approved by the Division of Elections and the organizers can begin collecting signatures.  The first, Right of Adults to Cannabis, would guarantee adults over the age of 21 to possess, use and cultivate marijuana.  The second, Regulate Florida, proposes that marijuana be a regulated commodity like alcohol. Adults could possess up to one ounce of product, grow up to six plants in their own residence, and give away marijuana to another adult person.

Solar Power Floridians for Solar Choice is supporting an amendment that would, among other things, allow businesses to generate and sell up to two megawatts of power to customers on the same or neighboring properties. On September 1st, the Florida Supreme Court heard oral arguments about whether or not the language should appear on the 2016 ballot, assuming enough signatures are collected. Attorney Pam Bondi is arguing against the initiative, saying the language is misleading and would cause confusion in state and local regulations. To date, the group has raised $751,000.

Another solar power initiative, supported by Consumers for Smart Solar, has collected $436,000 but still has a long way to go to gather signatures. As of this date, only 1,073 signatures have been validated. This amendment would allow consumers to own or lease solar equipment installed on their property to generate electricity for their own use.

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