A four-month-old campaign in Florida to legalize recreational cannabis at the ballot next year announced on Wednesday that it was pulling the plug.
“Due to time constraints, it has become obvious we will not be able to collect the needed number of verifiable petitions in time to qualify for the 2016 election,” campaign manager Michael Minardi, of Regulate Florida, wrote to supporters in an email Wednesday night.
But, he added, the campaign will almost certainly be back for another shot in 2018.
“We will be doing everything we can to make the 2018 ballot. By March, we will have a new petition with minor changes,” Minardi wrote, adding that he already has some “soft commitments” from potential donors, which is a big deal given that it typically costs millions to run a successful campaign in Florida.
One of the biggest hurdles is typically being able to afford to pay enough signature gatherers to make the 683,000-signature threshold, which generally means campaigns need to compile at least a million signatures to have a safe buffer.
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