Additional notes

  • The amendment's unusual length results from the desire to provide absolute guidance to the legislature and the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
  • Despite section 381.986’s January 1, 2015 deadline, the state has yet to issue a single nursery license. We purposefully wrote our petition in such a comprehensive manner to sufficiently avoid the delay and confusion that Florida’s CBD patients are currently experiencing.
  • Despite its unusual length we believe the content does not violate the single-subject rule that applies to ballot amendments, other than those that limit the power of government to raise revenue.
  • Our petition contains no revenue limiting text. Thus, it neither creates nor abrogates licensing fees, nor any form of taxation on cannabis production and consumption.
  • The amendment opens licensing throughout the state for cannabis cultivation, testing facilities, product manufacturing, and retail facilities.
  • The number of licenses issued may be limited by each county or municipality, but the amendment creates no limits.


  • The amendment recognizes “owners, investors, employees, agents, officers and directors” of licensed cannabis establishments.
  • Each licensee must meet a five-year Florida-residency requirement, but Owners and Investors are not Subject to the Florida-Residency Requirement.
  • The Sunshine State can lead the nation in cannabis production as we do in the production of sugar cane.
  • State licensing does not create an immunity from federal law. However, because of the passage of section 381.986 in 2014, Florida was included on the list of states subject to a federal prosecution exemption for its very limited approval of medical marijuana prior to the passage of the U.S. 2015 appropriations bill.
  • The Amendment does not require public use.
  • The Amendment does not require employers to permit people to use marijuana.
  • The Amendment does not affect any medical cannabis bill or the Low-THC law.
  • The Amendment permits cultivation of 6 plants per adult 21 and older; the legislature can increase these quantities but not decrease them.
  • The Amendment permits sharing small amounts of cannabis with friends.
  • The Amendment protects an individual’s Second Amendment right to Bear Arms.
  • The Amendment permits the licensing of Cannabis Cultivation Facilities, Cannabis Establishment, Cannabis Product Manufacturing Facility, Cannabis Testing Facilities, Retail Cannabis Stores, and permits the full spectrum of Cannabis Products.

Prohibition has failed. Regulation works!