TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WFLA) - At the federal level, President Donald Trump has said he will likely support efforts to remove a federal prohibition on marijuana.
Here in Florida, legalizing recreational marijuana is becoming a central issue for Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
Three of the five Democrats running for governor favor legalizing recreational marijuana.
Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum was the first to propose the idea.
“We begin by legalizing and we take those proceeds and we invest it in paying teachers,” Gillum told us last week.
Front-runner Phil Levine staked out his pro-legalization policy in a video last week.
“All growth and distribution will be highly regulated. All sales to anyone under 21 will be banned,” Levine said.
Orlando businessman Chris King is also on board.
“If you are black, you are six times more likely to be arrested for the use of marijuana than if you are white,” he said.
Gwen Graham has stopped short of full legalization but says she would decriminalize its use.
“Anytime there is an opportunity to alleviate pain - I’m a mom, I want to do that,” she said during the Democratic debate Saturday night.
Billionaire Jeff Greene, who got in the race last week and says he’ll spend whatever it takes to sit in the governor's office, has yet to weigh in on pot.
On the GOP side, front-runner Adam Putnam wants to fully implement medical pot but draws the line at legalization.
“I do not support recreational - the legalization of recreational marijuana in Florida,” said Putnam. "I don’t think its a good idea as a dad. I don’t think it's a good idea as an employer. I don’t think it’s the right thing for Florida.”
We reached out to Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis asking for his position on legalization and have not yet heard back.
Whether for or against legalization, pot is going to be a topic of the coming election.
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