Newly-filed bill would legalize recreational marijuana in Florida

Newly-filed bill would legalize recreational marijuana in Florida

Florida has already legalized medical marijuana and now there’s a push to legalize recreational use as well.

A newly filed state bill would allow adults, ages 21 and over, to legally possess, use and transport up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana and grow up to six plants.

Under this bill, it would still be illegal to smoke or ingest marijuana in a public place, with violators subject to a penalty of $100.

The bill would also allow licensed businesses to sell the drug, related products, and accessories. There would be restrictions on how many establishments would be allowed in a certain area. Local governments could also still prohibit businesses.

Licensed businesses under this bill would not be allowed to make sales between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. or to anyone visibly intoxicated.

HB 1117 also lays out non-criminal penalties for minors caught with marijuana. A first offense would include a penalty of at least $200 but less than $400. The penalties would increase with each subsequent offense.

The bill says it does not exempt anyone from laws prohibiting operating vehicles under the influence.

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