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Florida Supreme Court Gives State Attorney General Two More Weeks To File Briefs In Marijuana Legalization Ballot Challenge

The Florida Supreme Court has agreed to give the state attorney general two additional weeks to submit a brief detailing her argument that a proposed marijuana legalization initiative should be kept off the 2024 ballot.

The initial briefs were initially due by Monday, but the court approved an uncontested motion to push that deadline back to June 26 because Attorney General Ashley Moody’s (R) office said that it “has multiple pressing deadlines with limited staff assistance” that is preventing the argument from being completed on time.

Attorneys for the cannabis legalization campaign did not object to the deadline extension, and the court granted it on Tuesday—but not without warning Moody against seeking continual delays.

“Multiple extensions of time for the same filing are discouraged,” the court said in its order. “Absent extenuating circumstances, subsequent requests may be denied.”

State officials confirmed last week that the Smart & Safe Florida campaign collected enough valid signatures to qualify the legalization initiative for the 2024 ballot.

The Florida Division of Elections, which updates petition counts on the measure at the end of each month, reported that it had verified 967,528 signatures as of the end of May—exceeding the required 891,523 signature threshold.


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