Smart & Safe Florida Raises Record $60 Million for Marijuana Legalization Initiative

Smart & Safe Florida, a nonprofit political committee, has raised over $60 million for its marijuana legalization initiative, surpassing all previous statewide marijuana efforts in the United States.

According to data released by the Florida Department of State Division of Elections, Smart & Safe Florida has raised $60,158,153.76 as of May 31. This is well more than any previous statewide marijuana legalization effort has raised. For comparison, proponents of California’s Proposition 64 raised $25 million in 2016, while those behind Ohio’s Issue 2 raised just $7 million last year; both initiatives were voted into law.

Amendment 3, which would alter Florida’s constitution, would allow those 21 and older to possess and use up to three ounces of dried marijuana flower and up to five grams of marijuana concentrates. These products could be purchased from licensed marijuana retail outlets and medical marijuana dispensaries that obtain a dual license.

According to a Fox News poll released last week, 66% of Florida voters support Amendment 3, while only 32% are opposed. A November poll by the University of North Florida found nearly identical support, with 67% of likely voters in favor of Amendment 3. Both polls indicate that support for the initiative exceeds the 60% threshold required for it to pass as a constitutional amendment.

The data from the Department of State Division of Elections shows that Trulieve Inc. is by far the largest contributor, followed by Verano Holdings LLC, Curaleaf Inc., AYR Wellness Inc., and Green Thumb Industries.

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