Constitutional amendment could allow you to grow your own marijuana

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What if you could turn your work shed into a legal marijuana grow house? It’s really a possibility that Florida voters may get a chance to vote on it next year. The constitutional amendment being proposed would allow those 21 and older to grow their own marijuana. But it could only be grown inside a locked room. Eli Joyce with the grassroots group Regulate Florida is pushing to get recreational use on the 2022 ballot.

“We’re talking about possessing and growing a plant,” said Eli Joyce. “Adults have the right to deserve that option,” said Eli Joyce

In 2016, 70 percent of voters approved a constitutional use of medical marijuana. Polls now show more than half of voters support recreational use, however, it would take 60 percent of voters to get the measure passed.

Cole Peacock owns Seed and Bean Coffee Shop in downtown Fort Myers and while he supports recreational use believes it may still be too early for Florida to approve it.

The proposed constitutional amendment said those 21 and older could grow nine plants indoors or 18 per household, and they could not sell it. Dr. Heather Auld prescribes cannabis and said buying from dispensaries can be quite expensive.

“If you grow it yourself you have the ability to use it raw, and when you use it raw, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effect,” Dr. Auld said.

She admits legalizing marijuana recreationally could cost her some patients; she still supports the idea.

“I can say I’ll probably have fewer patients but there are still medical patients that really need a lot of education,” Dr. Auld said.

First, though, activists need to get 225,000 signatures just to get the courts to review it to decide if it can even be placed on the ballot.

“The focus needs to be getting these [petitions] in the hands of voters,” Joyce said. “We’re going to mail these out.”

Activists will need to obtain 891,000 signatures to officially get it on the 2022 ballot.

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