Florida Advocacy Petition Drive Aims to Allow Home Growing of Cannabis

A political action committee in Florida is spearheading a petition drive to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana in the state, after two previous legalization efforts this year were stymied by the courts. 

Sensible Florida PAC announced on Friday that it was kicking off “a new petition drive for a proposed amendment to the Florida Constitution that will permit adults 21 and older to grow and use marijuana.”

The group said it has initiated “an aggressive campaign” in order to get the proposal on next year’s ballot. 

The timing of the petition drive may strike some as unusual, and the prospects of qualifying for the 2022 ballot might seem dim.

Cannabis Progress Previously Halted in Florida

In June, a different constitutional amendment proposed by Sensible Florida was ruled unconstitutional by the state’s Supreme Court. A majority of the justices took issue with the proposed amendment’s language, particularly the portion that said marijuana would be legalized “for limited use and growing by persons 21 years of age or older,” saying it was “misleading.”

“As an initial matter, the initiative’s ‘age limit’ is clearly not the “limited use” contemplated by the ballot summary,” the majority opinion said. “Indeed, the summary tells voters that the measure will regulate marijuana ‘for limited use… by persons 21 years of age or older.’ The summary thus informs voters that the initiative imposes use limitations on age-eligible persons, not that the age limitation is itself a ‘use’ limitation. 

“Secondly, ‘use’ cannot be synonymous with ‘possession,’ ‘growing,’ or ‘gifting.’ Indeed, the initiative separately addresses those activities… The Sponsor’s inability to point to anything in the text of the measure that could credibly support the ‘limited use’ language in the summary leaves no doubt that the summary is affirmatively misleading.”

“We conclude that the language in the ballot summary indicating that the proposed amendment “regulates marijuana … for limited use … by persons 21 years of age or older” is affirmatively misleading and fails to comply with section 101.161(1), Florida Statutes,” the opinion continued. “Accordingly, the proposed amendment should not be placed on the ballot.”

Sensible Florida said at the time that it would go back to the drawing board and offer up a new amendment with the intention of qualifying for next year’s ballot. But for legalization advocates in the Sunshine State, the June ruling by the state Supreme Court was all too familiar. In April, the court struck down a different ballot measure that aimed to legalize recreational pot use in the state, saying that proposal’s language was also misleading.

In that decision, the court specifically took issue with the notion that the measure would not change federal law against marijuana.

“A constitutional amendment cannot unequivocally ‘permit’ or authorize conduct that is criminalized under federal law,” Chief Justice Charles Canady wrote. “A ballot summary suggesting otherwise is affirmatively misleading.”

The challenges to each proposal were backed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican. 

“We thank the Florida Supreme Court for their time and attention to this issue and respect their ruling,” a Moody spokesperson said after the state Supreme Court’s ruling in April. “Floridians must fully understand what they are voting on when they go to the ballot box.”

Other Florida politicians were upset by the decisions. Congressman Charlie Crist, who previously served as governor of the state, lamented June’s ruling and laid blame on Florida’s current governor, Republican Ron DeSantis.

“The Florida Supreme Court that @GovRonDeSantis packed with partisan judges just denied another ballot initiative to let Floridians vote on legalizing marijuana. This is wrong. Legalization should be up to the people of Florida,” Crist tweeted at the time.

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Italian Advocates Collect 500,000 Signatures for Decriminalization of Cannabis and Psychoactive Substances

Italian advocate group Referendum Cannabis announced that it has collected 500,000 signatures in one week for its proposed ballot measure, which would decriminalize cannabis cultivation and consumption, as well as other psychoactive substances.

Advocates in charge of Referendum Cannabis announced on Facebook on September 18 that they have collected 500,000 signatures in just one week. It’s also the minimum number of signatures required to qualify for a nationwide ballot voting measure set for Spring 2022.

According to the group, Referendum Cannabis will continue to collect more signatures, according to this Facebook translation. “In less than a week we’ve gathered more than half a million signatures for the #ReferendumCannabis, a stunning outcome that was possible thanks to the efforts of thousands of activists. But to send a clear message to the politics that is already undermining the importance of this result, we want to undermine the parliament with a green tide! Also to be sure to reach the goal and vote in the spring next spring it’s essential to reach 600,000 signatures.”

This success was partially made possible because of a new law that was passed in July, which legitimized the use of collecting signatures digitally. Prior to this, signatures had to be collected in person. According to the Agenzia Giornialistica Italia, advocates of Referendum Cannabis are proud to see how successful the campaign has been with the allowance of digital signatures. “An extraordinary but not surprising result: an intervention on the topic of Cannabis was needed for some time and with the digital signature in a few days the issue exploded,” the advocates told Agenzia Giornialistica Italia, according to a translation.

“This referendum is the first Italian signature collection held entirely online on the referendumcannabis.it site. The speed of the mobilization confirms the desire for change on cannabis but also for participation in decisions on matters that affect personally. Now, however, we need to collect a further 15 percent more signatures to be sure of being able to deliver the referendum to the Supreme Court on September 30.”

If the referendum becomes law, it would decriminalize cannabis cultivation and would “eliminate the prison sentence for any illegal conduct relating to cannabis, with the exception of the association aimed at illicit trafficking pursuant to art,” the Referendum Cannabis’ website states. It would remove the ban on driving a moped for three years if an individual has been found in possession or consumption of drugs, as it would “eliminate the sanction of the suspension of the driving license and of the certificate of suitability to drive mopeds currently intended for all conducts aimed at the personal use of any narcotic or psychotropic substance…”

Italian Group Also Pushes to Legalize Psilocybin

It would also allow Italian residents to use other psychoactive substances, specifically psilocybin. “It is also worth remembering that with the exception of cannabis inflorescences (and mushrooms), all other narcotic substances necessarily require subsequent steps for the substance to be consumed, activities which continue to be punished in Article 73.” However, the group does not specific which psychoactive substances would be allowed.

A few of the most prominent supporters of Referendum Cannabis include the Luca Coscioni Association, Meglio Legale, Forum Droghe, Società della Ragione, “Antigone and by the Italian + Europa, Possible and Radical parties.” The referendum will still need to be approved by the Supreme Court of Cassation and Constitutional Court of Italy in order to proceed as a ballot measure next year.

On September 8, the country’s Justice Committee of the lower house of Italian parliament stated that residents may cultivate up to four cannabis plants for personal use, and increases the punishment for illegal cannabis sales from six to 10 years. It has been two years since the Italian Supreme Court ruled that cultivation was legal, although cultivation is still illegal in the United Kingdom.

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The Winners of The Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021


The cannabis cup is virtual this year—virtually awesome, that is, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible to judge safely from the comfort of your home. Here are the well-deserved winners of the Cannabis Cup Oklahoma: People’s Choice Edition 2021.

Thank you to all the judges who put their hearts and souls into judging the competition entries to help crown the best of Oklahoma! For more info on how to become a judge and to sign up for updates, please visit CannabisCup.com/preregister.

Indica Flower

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First Place: Gas Giant – Wedding Crasher

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Second Place: Stability Cannabis – Terple #17

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Third Place: Texoma Labs – Gelato

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Fourth Place: F5 Farms – Sunset Runtz

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Platinum Gorilla Glue

Sativa Flower

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First Place: F5 Farms – Tropic Runtz

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Second Place: ALTVM – Lilac Diesel

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Third Place: Progressive Grow Labs – Tropicana Scream

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Fourth Place: Counter Culture Cannabis – Rubber City x Lemon Mints

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Mimosa

Hybrid Flower

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First Place: Phresh Harvest – Oreoz

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Second Place: Tradecraft Farms – Georgia Pie

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Third Place: ALTVM – Mafia Funeral

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Fourth Place: Good Luck Provisions – Strawberry Banana

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Fifth Place: Kind Origin – Designer Runtz

Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Texoma Labs – Dirty 30’s Pre-Roll

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Second Place: Chimney Hill Apothecary – Pineapple Chunk Pre-Roll

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Third Place: Calyx – Black Jack Glue #6 Pre-Roll

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Fourth Place: Extraordinary Everything – Grape Blow Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Stability Cannabis: Perfect Ratio- GMO Pre-Roll

Infused Pre-Rolls

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First Place: Icy Melts Solventless – Carter Creek Remix Hash Rosin Stix

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Second Place: Jungle King – San Fernando Valley Infused Pre-Roll

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Third Place: ALTVM x Cicada Labs – Live Rosin Infused Blunt

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Strawberry Sherbert Giggle Sticks Infused Pre-Roll

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Fifth Place: Hellagood – Platinum Slurricane Infused Blunt

Sativa Concentrates

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First Place: Releaf Extracts – Amnesia Haze Sativa Diamonds

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Second Place: Alterra Wellness x Apothecary Extracts – Citrus Gummiez Sativa Sugar

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Third Place: ALTRD – AK 49 Sativa Applesauce

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Fourth Place: Xen Xtracts – StrawLemonade Sativa Concentrate

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Sour Diesel #93 Sativa Live Resin

Indica Concentrates

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First Place: Desert Extracts: Slow Burn – Peanut Butter Breath Live Resin Indica Badder

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Second Place: FJC Creations – GDP Indica Diamonds

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Third Place: Oil Tycoon x ALTVM Deathstar Indica Diamonds & Sauce

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – All Gas OG Cake Indica Badder

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Fifth Place: Releaf Extracts – Night Nurse Indica Diamonds

Non-Solvent Concentrates

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First Place: Cicada Labs x Jubel Exotics – DK Smash Live Rosin Batter

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Second Place: 918 OG – Mimosa Live Rosin

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Third Place: Wight Rabbit Extracts x Deepwell – Tropicanna Cookies Cold Cure Batter

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Fourth Place: Leaf Logic X Arbuckle Farms- Terple Live Rosin Batter

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Fifth Place: Nature’s Kiss – Gelato Cake Cold Cure Live Rosin

Sativa Vape Pens

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First Place: Flav – Forbidden Fruit Sativa Vape

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Second Place: DIME Industries – Mango Diesel Sativa Vape

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Third Place: Rove – Waui Sativa Vape

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Fourth Place: Releaf Labs – Maui Wowie Sativa Vape

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Fifth Place: Kind Okie – Cantalope Haze Blitzed Sativa Vape

Indica Vape Pens

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First Place: Rove – Skywalker Indica Vape

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Second Place: Flav – Tropical Trainwreck Indica Vape

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Third Place: Purple Reign – Key Lime Pie Indica Vape

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Fourth Place: Robot Pharmer- Roach Waffle Cone Live Resin Indica Vape

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Fifth Place: Golden Trends – Snozzberry Indica Vape Pen

Edibles: Gummies

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First Place: Pharmer’s Daughter – Rozin Bitez

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Second Place: Flav – Sour Gummy Rainbow Belts

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Third Place: Swerve – Lights Out Melatonin Gummies

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Fourth Place: White Cliff – Piña Colada 100mg Fruit Chews

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Fifth Place: Smokiez – Watermelon Fruit Chews

Edibles: Non-Gummies

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First Place: 918 OG – Solventless Fruit Crisps

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Second Place: Robot Pharmer – Live Elixir Strawberry Lemonade

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Third Place: Crispy’s – Churro Toffee Dream Bar

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Fourth Place: Vapen Oklahoma – Dark Chocolate Bar

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Fifth Place: Chef Joey’s – Berry Nuts Granola

Topicals, Tinctures and Capsules

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First Place: 918 OG – Rosin Senzu Beans Capsules

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Second Place: Bangi Topicals – Pain Stick

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Third Place: Sweet Stuff – Flawless Anti-Aging Cream

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Fourth Place: Mary’s Medicinals – Salve

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Fifth Place: ElectraLeaf – Pain Relief Roll-On

Hemp-Derived CBD

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First Place: Rove Remedies – Uplift Hemp CBD Vape

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Second Place: Turbo – Runtz Delta-8 Vape

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Third Place: Green Spectrums – Vanilla Coffee Orbz

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