A new legislation has been introduced by a central Florida lawmaker that is aimed at legalizing recreational marijuana in the state.

Orlando Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith and Pinellas County Sen. Jeff Brandes introduced HB 343 and SB 710 which would legalize recreational marijuana in Florida.

Both bills would “establish a robust and free-market regulatory approach to the governance of cultivation, processing, and retail sales of both medical and adult-use marijuana.”

The legislation would also allow people 21 and older to purchase and use limited amounts of marijuana without a medical marijuana card.

Similar legislation had been introduced in the past by both Smith and Brandes.The new legislation would allow adults to purchase 2.5 ounces of cannabis or a product with up to 2 grams of THC. Smoking marijuana in public would remain illegal.

“The need to end Florida’s prohibition of responsible adult use of cannabis is long overdue. This bill creates a sensible bipartisan framework for legalization that can earn the support needed to pass the Florida legislature. It doesn’t include everything I’d like to see, but it’s the fresh start Floridians deserve to finally move past the draconian cannabis prohibition era,” Guillermo Smith said.

“Once we have this passed, there will be jobs available. Training will be needed. It is a no brainer for me. I mean we have job creation. We have taxable revenue, so legalizing is the way to go,” cannabis industry consultant Amit Raninga remarked.

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