Miami-Dade Democrats' New Chairman Wants Recreational Pot Legalized in Florida

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The Miami-Dade Democrats have a new chairman and on one hot-button issue, he's got one of the strongest positions in the state: Sen. Dwight Bullard thinks marijuana should be legal not just for medical purposes but for recreational use.

"Marijuana, whether medical or recreational, could be another way of generating revenue in Florida," Bullard tells Riptide. "It has a potential for real positive economic impact with real small business growth."

Bullard, who is currently a state senator for Dade, Hendry, and Monroe counties, was elected last month by the Dade Democrats as chairman after previous chair Annette Taddeo-Goldstein resigned to be Charlie Crist's running mate.

Taddeo-Goldstein nominated Bullard, who was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2008 and later elected into Senate in 2012. Both his parents, Larcenia and Edward Bullard, were also in the state legislature.

Although Bullard is bullish on pot -- a stance he shared with his mother, who pushed for medical marijuana reform in the Senate two years ago after her mother began suffering from Alzheimer's -- the Dade Democrats' new chairman says his biggest priority will be outreach.

"I really want to see a better outreach effort," Bullard says. "I am all about working on the issues that matter most to people and part of that is offering them a calendar that really lets them come out and talk about what we're doing."

Bullard says he also wants to encourage "real job growth." He says the state needs to help find new forms of revenue that will allow for more businesses and ease the burden of the everyday citizen.

And that's where Bullard's pro-marijuana stance comes in. He believes South Florida could be a gold mine for growing and selling marijuana -- not just for medical sufferers, but for casual users, too. This past March, Bullard filed SB 1562, a bill to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.

"If folks could open dispensaries, imagine the kind of economic impact it would have," Bullard says. "Florida has the environment for it, and it's a new form of revenue that we haven't tried yet."

With his new position, Bullard hopes to raise youth engagement. He believes that to build an effect bench, the party needs support of young Democrats ages 18-24. Bullard says it's time to "turn them on to politics."

Bullard will be chairman through the 2016 election cycle, when the party holds its next elections.

"I'm not just giving lip service," Bullard says. "I want to bring to light that Democrats have consistently been doing the work, but we just need the stamp of approval from our everyday citizens."

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Oh yeah  ganga needs to be legalized. this plant created by nature should be available to the people. Washington smokes lot of ganga....

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msm2u437

The entire country wants legalization. If the people in office do not wish to comply, we need to replace them. It's really that simple.

Joseph Mazon
Joseph Mazon

"Hot button " issue only in the minds of the media. Pot is here and it is here to STAY. WILL be legal in all 50 states within 5 years, ( perhaps Texas will need 10 years, but that's ok)

Gladys N Juan
Gladys N Juan

We have the best environment to cultivate in...Legalize and tax it...Florida can get out of this financial hole if the state would just let us cultivate...

James Russell
James Russell

And will win many elections by standing with the people.

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Maybe in Mexico, it creates an industry where they won't cross over into the USA ? Then again, drug cartels already rule the territory there ?

James G. Camp
James G. Camp

Only because growing drugs has worked so well for South & Central American nations ? And Afghanistan is on my bucket list to visit as well ?

Michele De Justo
Michele De Justo

Great more stupid people in Miami..less brain cells to work with.

David Detweiler
David Detweiler

Govt is A. Afraid they won't make money. B. That millions of Americans will become Self Aware and thinking for themselves.....

Camilo Gonzalez
Camilo Gonzalez

I've been smoking marijuana for over 15 years in Florida like it was legal. #Legalize It!!!

Franco Rodriguez
Franco Rodriguez

@Rogelio that is called the BOOM! It happens in every state

Jhawzlyn Khoręllo
Jhawzlyn Khoręllo

It wasn't legal this whole time? Holy shit even the church needs forgiveness! :P

Sayad Khan
Sayad Khan

If alcohol and pharmaceuticals are legal and regulated, why not marijuana?

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"any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death" - cali secret 420

from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

20 years behind us southern states, sad and scary....nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states...even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice...no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol...not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

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catarecibo662

SMOKING POT IS LIKE GETTING A CONCUSSION ON THURSDAY AND YOU WON'T BE YOURSELF UNTIL TUESDAY! LEGALIZING MARIHUANA IN FLORIDA ESPECIALLY HERE IN MIAMI (RECREATIONAL) WE MIGHT IT WELL BUILD RESORTS FOR ALL THE DRUG'S CARTEL IN MEXICO AND COLOMBIA. HELL LETS RE-OPEN THE MUTINY, REGINE'S AND MANHATTAN WERE ALL THE DRUG DEALERS USED TO HANG OUT BACK IN THE 80'S.

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this guy right here is smart 

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Donewithignorance

@catarecibo662 you are a fucking idiot, if you  know nothing of how this industry is going to be regulated or how it is even going to function then you need to shut your mouth and do some research. And I mean scientific research not just asking your dumb friends and searching on Facebook. If you choose to live in the dark ages that ok, but don't drag the rest of us with you.

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