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Group petitions Bondi to ease marijuana restrictions

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Under Florida law, Attorney General Pam Bondi can "reschedule" marijuana, effectively making its possession a lesser violation.

A group called Florida Cannibis Action Network Tuesday delivered a petition to Bondi's Tallahassee office requesting she exercise that authority.

The attorney general was not available for comment, but observers doubt she will take any action. Despite moves toward legalized marijuana by nine other states, the arguments in Florida remain unchanged.

"I think it's a huge mistake," Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said. He cited known problems with prescription pain pills and adults providing alcoholic beverages to juveniles. "Why add another drug to the list of things that are legal when people cannot use what is legal today in a responsible way. It doesn't make any sense to me."

Gualtieri has a law degree, and Stetson University College of Law professor Roberta Flowers was one of his instructors. She is also on the opposite side of the marijuana fence.

"I think we're really a society now that wants to make sure that we get what we pay for," she said. "And that as a society, we're beginning to say: are we getting what we pay for with regard to prosecution of marijuana usage?"

She agrees prescription narcotics are a much bigger problem.

"There still is a war on drugs and there still needs to be a war on drugs, but with every war you have to decide which battles are worth fighting," she said.

Flowers predicted the debate over legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana will gain momentum as voters in more states change their laws. Gualtieri predicts changes in Florida law will not happen anytime soon.

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