What's up in Florida?

Recreational cannabis is illegal. Florida legalized medical cannabis when voters approved Amendment 2 in 2016.

Where Are Things Going?

  • Florida lawmakers have filed bills in the House and Senate to legalize recreational cannabis in the state. The legislation is unlikely to pass during this session.
  • Tampa lawyer John Morgan, who spent roughly $9 million in support of Florida’s medical cannabis amendment, is aiming to get a recreational legalization amendment on the state’s ballot in 2020.

Where Are Things Now?

  • Possession of 20 grams or less of non-medical cannabis is a misdemeanor punishable by up one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
  • Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach Country, Tampa, Orlando, and Key West are among the municipalities that have decriminalized possession of small amounts of cannabis at the local level.
  • Nearly 175,000 people have qualified for Florida’s medical cannabis program since Amendment 2 passed in 2016. The state now has nearly 100 locations where patients can legally purchases medical cannabis.
  • Florida recently legalized the use of smokeable cannabis for medical cannabis patients.

Fun Fact:

  • An offshoot of the Rastafari movement called the Ethiopian Zion Coptic Church moved its headquarters to Florida in 1975. In 1979, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that the Church was constitutionally allowed to use cannabis for religious purposes.

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WHERE DO FLORIDA’S SENATORS STAND?

Sen. Rick Scott - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • As Governor of Florida, Rick Scott signed a law to allow low-THC cannabis for medical purposes. (2014)
  • While Governor of Florida, Rick Scott voted against a 2016 amendment to legalize medical cannabis in the state, though the amendment was approved by Florida voters. (2016)
  • After a medical cannabis amendment was approved by Florida voters in 2016, Gov. Rick Scott opposed efforts to give patients access to smokeable forms of cannabis. After a judge forced the state to end its ban on smokeable medical cannabis, Scott appealed the decision. (2018)

Received a D+ grade from NORML. (2018)

Sen. Marco Rubio - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • A spokesperson for Sen. Rubio told VICE: “He’s open to medicinal uses of marijuana if it’s rigorously tested by the FDA and found to have a proven medical benefit, but does not support legalizing recreational marijuana… He believes that if science supports medical uses for marijuana, the federal government shouldn’t stand in the way. He also remains open to policy changes that facilitate expeditious approval of new medicines for patients who need them, under the care and supervision of doctors as appropriate.” (2018)
  • Sen. Rubio said he opposes the legalization of cannabis for recreational purposes. He added, “Now, if there’s a medicinal use — if you can go to the FDA and prove that it helps with medicine, that’s fine. Then turn it into medicine.” (2016)
  • Quote: “Marijuana is illegal under federal law. That should be enforced.” (2014)
  • Received an F grade from NORML. (2016).

WHERE DO FLORIDA’S REPRESENTATIVES STAND?

Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) - R

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the CARERS Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy and ends the federal prohibition of CBD.
  • Cosponsors the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Supports moving cannabis off the list of Schedule I drugs.
  • Told an American Family Association survey that he opposes legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. (2016)

 

Florida’s 1st district covers the following counties:

Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Holmes (partial)

 

Rep. Neal Dunn (FL-2) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Told an American Family Association survey that he strongly opposes legalizing and regulating marijuana like alcohol and tobacco. (2016)

 

Florida’s 2nd district covers the following counties:

Washington, Bay, Jackson, Gulf, Calhoun, Liberty, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Wakulla, Franklin, Taylor, Holmes (partial) and Madison (partial).

 

Rep. Ted Yoho (FL-3) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 3rd district covers the following counties:

Alachua, Clay, Putnam, Bradford, Union, Marion (partial/majority of)

 

Rep. John Rutherford (FL-4) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Opposed a ballot initiative that would have legalized medical marijuana in Florida because he believed it would have opened the door to recreational use. (2014)
  • Quote: “I’m opposed to decriminalizing marijuana. I think it would lead to more crime.” (2016)

 

Florida’s 4th district covers the following counties:

Nassau, Duval (partial) and St. Johns (partial).

 

Rep. Al Lawson (FL-5) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).

 

Florida’s 5th district covers the following counties:

Baker, Gadsden, Hamilton, Madison, Columbia (partial), Duval (partial), Jefferson (partial), and Leon (partial)

 

Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-6) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Michael Waltz has not indicated his support for reforming any cannabis laws.

Florida’s 6th district covers the following counties:

Flagler, Volusia, Lake (partial), St. Johns (partial)

 

Rep. Stephanie Murphy (FL-7) - D

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.

Rep. Murphy has not declared her support for reforming any cannabis policies.

 

Florida’s 7th district covers the following counties:

Seminole, Orange (partial, northern)

 

Rep. Bill Posey (FL-8) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 8th district covers the following counties:

Brevard, Indian River and Orange (partial)

Rep. Darren Soto (FL-9) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2017, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the Respect State Marijuana Laws Act of 2017, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the Industrial Hemp Farming Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.

 

Florida’s 9th district covers the following counties:

Orange (partial), Osceola, Polk (partial)

 

Rep. Val Demings (FL-10) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).

 

Florida’s 10th district covers the following counties:

Orange (partial, western)

 

Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-11) - R

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 11th district covers the following counties:

Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Marion (partial), Lake (partial)

 

Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 12th district covers the following counties:

Paso, Pinellas (partial), Hillsborough (partial)

 

Rep. Charlie Crist (FL-13) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the STATES ACT, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level, allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses, and end the federal prohibition of industrial hemp.
  • Cosponsors the REFER Act of 2018, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with state cannabis policy and allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the Veterans Equal Access Act, which would allow VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal.
  • Supported a ballot initiative that would have legalized medical cannabis in Florida. (2014)
  • Wrote an op-ed calling on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to respect state marijuana laws.

 

Florida’s 13th district covers the following counties:

Pinellas (partial)

 

Rep. Kathy Castor (FL-14) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 14th district covers the following counties:

Hillsborough (partial)

 

Rep. Ross Spano (FL-15) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Rep. Spano has not indicated his support for reforming any cannabis laws.

 

Florida’s 15th district covers the following counties:

Hillsborough (partial), Polk (partial), and Lake (partial)

 

Rep. Vern Buchanan (FL-16) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a C grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 16th district covers the following counties:

Manatee (partial), Sarasota (partial)

 

Rep. Greg Steube (FL-17) - R

2 Supports 3 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Quote: “I would support at the federal level a bill that would allow federal law not to apply as it relates to medical marijuana in the states that have approved it.. And then let each state decide how they want to administer the programs.” (2018)
  • Cosponsors the STATES Act of 2019, which would prevent the federal government from interfering with cannabis policy at the state level.
  • Said he does not support legalizing recreational cannabis or removing cannabis from Schedule 1, but he does support workarounds for veterans with health issues. (2018)
  • Filed medical cannabis bills in the Florida House of Representatives on multiple occasions (though all were fairly limited in scope).
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Florida’s 17th district covers the following counties:

DeSoto, Hardee, Sarasota (partial), Charlotte, Glades, Okeechobee, Highlands, Polk (partial), Lee (partial)

 

Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Rep. Mast has not declared his support for reforming any cannabis policies.

 

Florida’s 18th district covers the following counties:

St. Lucie, Martin, Palm Beach County (partial)

 

Rep. Francis Rooney (FL-19) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

 

Florida’s 19th district covers the following counties:

Lee (partial), Collier (partial)

 

Rep. Alcee L. Hastings (FL-20) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsors the Charlotte’s Web Medical Access Act of 2017, which would end the federal prohibition of CBD.
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 20th district covers the following counties:

Browder (partial), Palm Beach County (partial)

 

Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-21) - D

3 Supports 2 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 21st district covers the following counties:

Palm Beach (partial)

 

Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-22) - D

4 Supports 1 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the SAFE Banking Act of 2019, which would allow banks to work with cannabis businesses that are legal at the state level.
  • Cosponsors the SAFE Act of 2017, which would allow banks to provide services to legitimate cannabis businesses.
  • Cosponsored the CARERS Act of 2015, which would have prevented the government from interfering with state medical cannabis policy, moved cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule II, ended the federal prohibition of CBD, allowed banks to provide services to legal cannabis businesses, and allowed VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 22nd district covers the following counties:

Palm Beach (partial), Broward (partial)

 

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) - D

1 Supports 4 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Quote: “I don’t oppose the use of medical marijuana. I just don’t think we should legalize more mind-altering substances if we want to make it less likely that people travel down the path toward using drugs.” (2016)
  • Received a C- grade from NORML in 2016.

 

Florida’s 23rd district covers the following counties:

Broward (partial), Miami-Dade (partial)

 

Rep. Frederica Wilson (FL-24) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Cosponsors the Marijuana Justice Act of 2019, which would end cannabis prohibition at the federal level, expunge federal cannabis convictions, reinvest in the communities that have been most harmed by cannabis prohibition, and penalize states that continue to disproportionately arrest people of color and low-income individuals for cannabis-related crimes.
  • Cosponsors the Jobs and Justice Act of 2018, which would end marijuana prohibition at the federal level and create a reinvestment fund to assist communities affected by the War on Drugs (the bill also does a variety of other things).
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 24th district covers the following counties:

Miami-Dade (partial), Broward (partial)

 

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25) - R

0 Supports 5 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted against preventing states from penalizing banks for providing financial services to legitimate cannabis businesses. (2014)
  • Received a D grade from NORML. (2016)

 

Florida’s 25th district covers the following counties:

Hendry, Collier (partial), Miami-Dade (partial)

 

Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26) - D

5 Supports 0 Has Not Supported

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • In a response to a National Cannabis Industry Association survey, Mucarsel-Powell stated that she supports legalizing, taxing, and regulating marijuana production and sales for adults over 21, making marijuana legal for patients with certain medical conditions, allowing states to determine their own marijuana policies, legalizing of non-psychoactive hemp for industrial, food, and medical products, and making medical cannabis an option for veterans in the VA system.

 

Florida’s 26th district covers the following counties:

Monroe, Miami-Dade (partial)

 

Rep. Donna Shalala (FL-27) - D

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  • Allow Cannabis Businesses To Use Banks
  • Allow VA Doctors To Recommend Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Medical Cannabis
  • Allow States To Legalize Recreational Cannabis
  • End Cannabis Prohibition At Federal Level

  • Shalala has a long history of opposing cannabis policy reform, but during her 2018 campaign she advocated for decriminalizing and descheduling the substance.
  • A “marijuana” page on Shalala’s campaign website includes the statement: “I will push to remove marijuana from the Controlled Substance Act and crack down on law enforcement that disproportionately targets racial minorities. Stand with me in this fight for progressive justice.” (2018)
  • Shalala’s campaign released a statement that read: “Donna’s thinking and understanding of marijuana has evolved, just as the general population’s perspective and the science has evolved… She believes that we must reschedule cannabis to allow the government and the scientific community to work together to thoroughly study its effects and potential benefits. And, we must decriminalize cannabis because for far too long we have witnessed families and lives being destroyed over marijuana, especially individuals of color. We must follow the science and look at the facts.” (2018)
  • Quote: “Minorities and people of lower-income are 10 times more likely to be arrested for nonviolent marijuana offenses. Decriminalizing marijuana shouldn’t just be a policy priority—but a moral imperative.” (2018)
  • Received a B grade from NORML. (2018)

 

Florida’s 27th district covers the following counties:

Miami-Dade (partial)

 

WHERE DOES FLORIDA'S GOVERNOR STAND?

Gov. Ron DeSantis - R

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  • Signed a bill that allows medical cannabis patients to use smokeable cannabis. (2019)
  • Ordered the State of Florida to end the previous governor’s appeal of a court ruling that determined the state’s ban on smokeable medical cannabis was unconstitutional. (2019)
  • Declared his opposition the legalization of recreational cannabis in Florida. (2018)
  • Quote: “I am going to implement the will of the voters. They passed medical marijuana overwhelmingly, and my view is is we have a process in Florida when that happens, then we shouldn’t play games with it. We should just simply implement it. Now I’m not somebody that thinks having recreational marijuana for young people is good. I think that will make it more difficult for people to succeed. And I think parents right now—it’s very difficult to raise children in the modern technological environment, you’ve got so many different distractions, to throw marijuana into it and make it more prevalent, I think would make it harder for parents. But on the medical side, we’ve got to respect the will of the voters.” (2018)
  • Voted against allowing VA doctors to recommend medical cannabis for veterans in states where it is legal. (2016)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting medical cannabis patients and providers in states where it is legal. (2015)
  • Voted in favor of preventing the Justice Department from prosecuting cannabis users and businesses in states where recreational cannabis is legal. (2015)

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