The High Life? The Two Sides of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Florida
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Past Event | February 21, 2024
The High Life? The Two Sides of the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana in Florida

The proposed bill, which allows adults aged 21 and older to purchase and possess up to three ounces of cannabis while capping marijuana concentrates at five grams, has ignited a multifaceted debate. On one side, proponents highlight potential medical benefits, significant tax revenue, job creation, improved safety due to regulation against the lacing of marijuana, and personal freedom arguments. Supporters also emphasize the bill’s potential to boost the legal cannabis industry and corporate income taxes. However, opponents express concerns about high-potency strains, smoking-related health risks, addiction potential, and its negative impact on mental health. Additionally, they fear it might serve as a gateway drug to more harmful substances. The bill’s absence of provisions for home cultivation, record expungement, and social equity further adds to the controversy. The debate also grapples with testing for drug use both in the workplace and during traffic stops as well as public health considerations, including the regulation of second-hand smoke similar to tobacco. 

Panelist|Paula Savchenko
Founder/CEO | Cannacore group
Dr. Yvonne Sherrer
Board Member | Broward County Medical Association
Moderator|Matt Ginder
Partner | Greenspoon Marder, Cannabis Division
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