Amendment 64-inspired petition says Florida pot law would benefit "stoners and children"
Supporters of 64, like Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson, have argued that the end of marijuana prohibition is inevitable. Such backers believe that with the passage of this kind of amendment, Colorado is taking the lead in what will eventually be a national movement to legalize pot.
So on a symbolic level, at least, it's noteworthy that Colorado's amendment is making waves in some other states, even if a White House petition out of Florida is very unlikely to accomplish anything.
The Florida petition, created on November 8 by Jordan B., of Edgewater, vaguely references a much-debated part of Amendment 64 that authorizes the state to collect a voter-approved excise tax of up to 15 percent on marijuana, with the first $40 million earmarked for public-school construction across the state, as noted in our recent cover story on 64 and the history of pot. Opponents in Colorado have argued that there is no guarantee this kind of revenue would actually materialize. They say a tax would require another act of the state legislature to be authorized.
And, of course, for stoners.
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