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Local marijuana advocates pushing to get marijuana regulated like alcohol in Florida

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Posted at 5:44 PM, Sep 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-20 17:44:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — You may be able to purchase marijuana in the Sunshine State, just like you buy alcohol, if a local marijuana advocacy group has their way.

NORML Tallahassee advocates for the legalization of marijuana, safe and affordable access for responsible adults. They partnered with Sensible Florida to create a petition to regulate marijuana like alcohol.

They met with the Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research for a public workshop at the Capital to discuss the possible economic impacts.

Marijuana advocates who attended the meeting say patients need better access to medication.

"The process is really long and pricey. So basically we hope to have more dispensaries and more establishments so patients can get in and have access to medication," said Lisa McCorkle, a medical marijuana advocate.

Regulating marijuana like alcohol means the age requirement for purchase would be 21 and up, it can only be sold by a licensed entity, and there would be more access because it would be more widely available.