Fried on Supreme Court Decision to Strike Down Proposed Constitutional Amendment for Adult-Use Marijuana

Apr 22, 2021

Tallahassee, Fla. — Today, the Florida Supreme Court struck down a proposed constitutional amendment for adult-use marijuana as ‘misleading.’ Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, an independently-elected member of the Florida Cabinet, offered the following statement:

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling on the marijuana legalization ballot petition language is another infringement on the will of Floridians. Florida’s voters are smart and they understand the federal status of adult-use marijuana. They also understand that states all over the country are working to overcome this, with residents getting what they’ve been asking for all along. Florida voters have taken this into their own hands because the Florida Legislature failed to do right by the people in taking legislative action on legalization. It’s clear those in power don’t appreciate these citizens initiatives based on the bills they keep passing. My advice is that they listen to the will of the people or they’ll be out of a job soon. It’s my hope that the federal government will follow suit as I, and so many others, have asked for a change in these outdated marijuana policies, making the will of state legislators irrelevant. This isn’t the end for legalization, we just have to work that much harder.”