Today, two Florida lawmakers have filed bills related to legalizing and taxing recreational marijuana in the state.
House Bill 1117 is sponsored by Miami Beach Rep. Michael Grieco (Democrat) and Orlando Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (Democrat). Grieco also proposed House Bill 1119, which would impose an excise tax on recreational marijuana.
The bill regarding the legalization of recreational cannabis would allow people 21 and older to purchase and use limited amounts of weed in their homes or other private places. Adults 21 and up would be able to purchase no more than 2.5 ounces of the drug at a time. If someone were to smoke the drug in public, they would face a $100 penalty, according to the bill.
The bill regarding the taxing of recreational marijuana would create an excise tax of $50 per ounce (ouch), which the cultivation facility would pay, on the sale or transfer of cannabis from the cultivation facility to a retail store or cannabis product manufacturing facility. An application fee would not exceed $5,000.
The recreational use of cannabis is currently legal in 10 states, New Jersey soon to be the 11th, with those to be included in the 22 states that have decriminalized small amounts of marijuana
according to a press release from Rep. Michael Grieco’s office.