Three proposed constitutional amendments would legalize marijuana for recreational use if approved by Florida voters in November 2016.
Organizers have to collect at least 683,149 valid signature on each of their respective petitions to earn a place on the ballot, after earning approval from the Florida Division of Elections.
One amendment OK'd in July would legalize recreational use for those 18 years and older.
Two other amendments were approved Wednesday.
One of the recent amendments simply sought to legalize possession, use and cultivation of cannabis by anyone 21 and older, leaving all regulation up in the air.
The other petition was the most comprehensive of the three. The four-page proposed constitutional amendment would legalize use of marijuana for adults 21 and older and regulate it similarly to alcohol.
The amendment, called the Florida Cannabis Act by the political committee Sensible Florida Inc., still needs 683,149 signatures to qualify for the ballot.
If it gets enough approved signatures by the deadline of Feb. 1, the attorney general would request an advisory decision from the Florida Supreme Court to determine if the language of the ballot initiative complies with Florida law.
If the proposed amendment passes those steps to get on the November 2016 ballot, it would require 60 percent of the vote to become an amendment to the Florida Constitution.
In addition to three proposed constitutional amendments to legalize marijuana, United for Care has been circulating a petition for medical marijuana approval since January. It had 43,259 valid signatures as of Thursday, and the campaign has said it has hundreds of thousands of signatures yet to be validated.
The Florida Cannabis Act has a section that says its language would not have any weight on any enacted medical marijuana provisions.
In addition to allowing use by those 21 and older, it would limit possession to one ounce at a time and allow the cultivation of six plants per household member over the age of 21. Only three marijuana plants could be mature or flowering, and only those with retail licenses could sell cannabis.
The proposed amendment would not allow adults to drive under the influence of cannabis and would not require employers to permit or accommodate its use. The language also specifies it would not limit state authority to tax marijuana and counties would be able to enact ordinances on where retail marijuana facilities could operate within their jurisdictions.
Kate Irby, Herald online/political reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7055. You can follow her on Twitter@KateIrby