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BREAKING: Florida Senator Submits Bill to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami

Senator Dwight Bullard, D-Miami

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Amid a long-running debate about legalizing medical marijuana, South Florida Senator Dwight Bullard wants to go a step further and allow the recreational use of pot.

Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, filed a detailed proposal on Monday that would allow people age 21 and older to possess up to 2.5 ounces of marijuana for personal use and to cultivate up to six marijuana plants.

The 50-page bill also would provide details about issues such as the sales and taxing of marijuana.

Bullard also filed a recreational-marijuana bill last year that never received a committee hearing.

A summary of the bill:

“Ten percent of the revenues derived from retail tobacco products dealer permit fees collected under s. 569.003 shall be  transferred to the Department of Education to provide for  teacher training and for research and evaluation to reduce and prevent the use of tobacco products by children.”

“Until January 1, 2024, an amount equal to 5 percent of  the revenues received by the division during the previous month pursuant to the tax imposed by s. 566.012 shall be transferred to the Department of Health to be used to provide grants for the  purpose of producing peer-reviewed research on marijuana’s beneficial uses and safety.”

“Except as otherwise expressly provided in this act, this act shall take effect July 1, 2016.”

So in addition to this bill allowing the cultivation of cannabis and ending prohibition of its use, it would allow further research that details cannabis’ health benefits, and educate children on the prevention of tobacco use, among other provisions.

It’s apparent that the bill submitted by the Senator, goes into fine detail about the many aspects of the legalization of marijuana and the rules which would be needed to set should this bill pass beyond the legislative committee and senate.

Click to read the full text of SB 1176.

It’s likely that this bill won’t get to the legislative committee, especially without supporters of this bills.

The best chance for this to move forward, is to have as many Florida residents contact your State senator and tell them you support this bill SB 1176.

Please support Sen. Bullard’s marijuana policy bill to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida by signing this petition, which will send a preformatted letter to Florida’s Senator Christopher L. Smith, and Representative Bobby B. DuBose.

Click here to send your message

You can also call their office and let the staff know how you feel, and/or leave a voicemail. Find their phone number at this link: www.flsenate.gov/Senators/Find

Calling takes less than 2 minutes. It may seem intimidating, but it’s very easy to do. Let them know you are a constituent and you want the senator to support and help pass SB 1176. They will ask for your zip code and that’s it. You are done, and your input is something a bill like this surely needs. Let your voices be heard!

Let us know what you think about this in the comments below. We welcome your input!

Steven Peters

Owner & Publisher at Natural Revolution
Steven Peters has been a health advocate for more than a decade and proponent for alternative healing by ‘Empowering Natural Living’ through homeopathic approaches. He is also an activist for social justice and environmental causes in the GMO Labeling and Non-GMO grassroots movements across the country, and a staunch advocate for cannabis education and reform.

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  • Renee Higgins

    Why the heck isn’t it already legal in Florida? Seriously, almost have of the US has legalized some form of cannabis.

    Why can’t Florida get with it?!

    • dirtytoast

      To many old people still see it as taboo.


        Hey, I’m really old and I support it. You forget we oldies were once pot-smoking hippies!! I think it’s all the parents on teenagers who are against it! Don’t be blaming us!

        • rocky_rhodes

          yes he is old as dirt lol

    • Rick Almeida

      Because it would hurt the lucrative oxycontin industry

    • Michael P.

      My opinion is because Florida is a well known state for retirement. Also, the older cubans are not used to change. Most of them can’t understand that America is a progressive country and ignore that marijuana is a safe drug. Lastly, I feel like if they do legalize it, most Miami residents would want to take advantage of the situation and grow double the amount of what they should grow. Ruining it for others and turning it into a crime. because many south Floridians DO NOT control themselves. They try to give us a finger and some try to take the whole hand


        Here we go again, blaming us old ex-hippies! My opinion is that parents on teens are against it!

    • Paul Knopf

      because this is the south and we are dumb

  • maritzka

    I think it is way overdue. People are doing it and will continue no matter how much Republicans try to put the hammer down. They never listen to the people because they are arrogant, controlling and stuck in the old days. If this were put on the ballot vote numbers would go sky high and it would knock them all out of office.
    Since people flock to Florida the state would benefit tremendously.
    Politicians should stay out of social issues and listen to THE PEOPLE.

  • Ron

    bout time look at all the money in tax money coloroda has earned their 1st year and florida with their ignorance would rather be assholes instead of what is right for the rest of us which isnt right…WAKE UP FLORIDA….

    • leo

      yea but the money is not for you

  • Tagg

    I hope it passes.

  • Betsy Rosato

    I think everybody needs to wake up I think it’s a very great idea look at Colorado look at everybody. Starting to legalize it or use it for medical purposes I think we could get out of debt and also put it into the community and also for people who are suffering like me with PTSD and the list could go on and specially severe medical condition I think it’s great I am a user and I will continue using no matter what it helps with everything with the problems that I have so I totally agree with this billand I will continue using until the day I die

  • Betsy Rosato

    and why don’t they put the real people in jail that’s really harming people like people who sell mollys crack heroin meth coke stuff like that rapist murders you know the list could go on don’t put people in jail for marijuana its just stupid free the plant

    • Jon Norris

      All drugs among consenting adults should be legal, except maybe Crack if someone wants it they know how to rock it, and manufacturing of meth in unapproved locations

  • Joey Angus

    It is not so much that people are using cannabis in one way or another that we should legalize it, or that a growing number of states in the US are either decriminalizing or have given it a legal status for its use.

    If you look at history (pre-1930’s) you will truly realize that the powers that be at that time (captains of emerging industries in lumber, petroleum, chemicals, etc.) were threatened financially that the already legal hemp was a economic nemesis.

    Therefore, from my take they colluded with politicians (what else is new?) and created a propaganda to stigmatized the helpless but useful cannabis plant and to further develop their hate and prejudice against this established crop and called it Marihuana. Today, it is still categorized a Schedule 1 substance without any medical use. Deception at its highest.

    See how far this rouse has fooled the public and for these now, families profited all the while the ‘commoners’ went without either medicine, food, textiles, fuels, plastics and other practical and sustainable uses outside of simply getting high.

    Because of these old and greedy industries, they have produced pollution of toxic by-products into our environment in the wake of the making of paper, chemicals, and other items not sustainables as compared to hemp cultivation.

    Yes, it is time for people to be aware of an enduring deception and to take charge of our granted freedoms which aren’t free.

    • Manbearpig

      Harry J Anslinger, owner of a newspaper and lumber company, specifically fought against hemp/marijuana (MJ is a propaganda word, alluding to central and south american smokers, when in fact Marijuana is a wild bush tobacco) as it threatened his empire.

  • Terminal

    Alaska just went legal rec yesterday, hopefully we will in fl very soon, Can you imaging the savings it would be for us! and or State. This bill is so much better than the mm bill John Morgan submitted on our behalf in which we didn’t even get to see or approve before he submitted it and its being so chopped up it isn’t going to be any good Plus all the restrictions and to cost to you and I , lets get full rec instead!

  • agnar150

    Congrats he does what the people want.

  • agnar150

    We just need to ignore the ignorant and legalize it for the good of the people of the world.

    • Ayumi

      We don’t care about smoking marijuana in Japan 😀

  • knowa1

    We need to get behind this Bill.

  • Kelan Keith

    I hope SB1176 passes florida is getting left behind

  • Timbo1

    Tallahassee is still ass backwards this bill will most likely die before it’s even read by someone important in Tally. I would love to be proven wrong.

  • goldenmain

    I sure HOPE this passes this time! It’s about time that things change in Florida. We have become a Police state and that is sickening.. In fact? I hope that every state passes MJ for all uses. Such BS.

  • Patricia Silverman

    you all need to tell the truth this is a herb and NOT a drug and the ONLY reason it is illegal is because someone said so, no scientific reason just opinion and lies

  • Manbearpig

    the link to “send a message” has multiple emails for multiple issues. Can you link us directly to the email that would support Sen Bullard’s bill?