A new political committee, Floridians Against Recreational Marijuana, filed its paperwork with the state Thursday in an work to “defeat this hazardous initiative,” according to Republican operative Brian Swensen, who is major the statewide work.
Swensen, former deputy campaign manager for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former political director of the Republican Celebration of Florida, mentioned the group is produced up of citizens, firms, anti-drug advocates and health-related pros who worry Florida will be transformed by what they contact a “reckless” amendment. It claims to be acting in the interest of health-related marijuana sufferers.
The Coalition for Healthcare Cannabis, a Washington, D.C.-primarily based not-for-profit, is partnering with the PAC in its work.
Swensen mentioned the public can anticipate “a really aggressive campaign” that will go beyond tv spots, radio ads and mailers.
The push is not aimed at 1 distinct adult-use marijuana petition, of which there are a number of, but rather “any initiative that will bring recreational marijuana to Florida.”
The two pro-pot efforts that have the most signatures and funds on hand are the Make it Legal Florida and Regulate Florida petitions. The 1st petition, mainly backed by significant donations from health-related marijuana giants MedMen and Parallel (formerly Surterra Wellness), seeks to preserve Florida’s licensing structure and let current license holders to sell recreational marijuana. The latter proposes to break down the existing structure and let customers to develop marijuana at house.
Each initiatives have gathered sufficient signatures to trigger the Supreme Court assessment of its ballot language.