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Could recreational marijuana finally have its breakthrough moment in Florida? It seems likely as multiple petitions are being circulated to put the decision on the 2020 ballot. Smoking medical marijuana became legal earlier this year, and public sentiment also seems to be shifting, including in some local cities.
But there’s some division among supporters over a basic question: Who actually stands to gain from legalized weed? Some say the proposal that’s getting the most financial support, and has collected more than 100,000 signatures in just 20 days, will benefit only the larger corporations operating in the cannabis business.
The petition with the most funding, Make it Legal Florida, also doesn’t have a provision to legalize growing cannabis at home. The longer-standing petition drives — called Regulate Florida and Floridians for Freedom — have far less financial backing and fewer signatures but provide for home growing.
Despite the division, it seems clear that idea of legalizing recreational weed won’t fade away any time soon.
In other news…
Virgin Trains is pushing for a new station but what about Tri-Rail? The older commuter train was also slated to get a new stop in Aventura, but it may be taking a back seat to the $76 million plan to build a Virgin Trains stop there instead. Local leaders hope Tri-Rail will still get a stop in that area, but that plan seems less certain. (Miami Herald)
More power lines are going underground. In anticipation of stronger storms, Florida’s public service commission approved plans to bury more of the lines underground to help strengthen our power grid. The trade off for potentially fewer outages? Our electric bills are likely going up. (News Service of Florida)
Miami Gardens residents are upset with the Miami Dolphins… and it’s not because of the team’s poor play. Several residents oppose the plan to bring a Formula One race to the streets in front of Hard Rock Stadium in 2021, an idea that’s being supported by the stadium’s home football team. They say the proposed race will bring too much noise and disruption. (Miami Herald)
While all eyes might be on the 2020 election, there are a few races coming up in less than a month that will have a big impact on residents in some of the 305’s biggest cities.
With that in mind, we’ll be putting together our annual voter guide and we want your help! We’re planning to send questions to candidates in the city of Miami and Miami Beach commission races, and we want to know what questions you all have for them.
Submit them here and we’ll work them into our questionnaires. We’ll also be breaking down the referenda on the Miami Beach ballot so stay tuned for all of that in the weeks to come.
Oh and one more thing, don’t forget that today is your last chance to register to vote in those elections. Head here to do that.
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💃 A sizzling crime thriller, Oct 18 – Nov 10 Miami City Ballet opens the Season with 'Slaughter on Tenth Avenue'. A razzle dazzle show-biz hit with banging Broadway soundtrack. Tix from just $30.
🖼️ Meet more than 25 local artists during an open house at Fountainhead Studios (Little River)
💃 Dance on the rooftop with us and the Love Tempo DJs at the Citadel (Little River)
💃 Hop on a trolley and check out free dance performances, film screenings and open artists' studios on this Culture Crawl (Miami Beach)
🥗 Taste and learn how to make your fave plant-based Della Bowls at this Downtown Doral workshop (Doral)
🧟 Saturday, October 19: Don your best flesh-eating sports attire for this 1.3 mile Zombie Run (Pinecrest)
🎥 Watch a screening of "Joker" in 70mm (Coral Gables)
🗣️ Learn about the role of ethics in medicine at this talk (Sweetwater)
🍻 Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Bierhaus Plaza with Fritz and Franz (Coral Gables)
🍖 Chow down on Miami Smokers' meat at this slow food meetup (Little Havana)
🎥 Catch a screening of the film "Mahogany" and a drag showcase (Little Haiti)
✍️ Get inspired at this poetry workshop with writer/activist Aja Monet (South Beach)
🤓 Geek out at a special fifth-anniversary edition of Nerd Nite Miami (Wynwood)
💡 Learn how to take your plans from idea to reality at this forum (Allapattah)
🎥 Check out a screening of "Clemency" at the Tower Theater (Little Havana)
🏕️ Camp out in the city at the MUCE Campus – through Oct. 13 (Little Haiti)
🎥 Watch a screening of a modern-day take on "Les Misérables," by director Ladj Ly (Little Havana)
🍻 Get your taste of more than 400 craft brews at Grovetoberfest (Coconut Grove)
🎸 Rock with the women and non-binary adult campers of MGRC: XLR as they perform original songs at Churchill's (Little Haiti)
🏳️🌈 Party at the second-annual Hialeah Pride festival (Hialeah)
🎃 Walk through a pumpkin patch and eat pumpkin flavored goodies at this street fair (North Beach)
😋 Eat an authentic Cuban brunch with live music by Cortadito (Brickell)
Make it a great week, Miami!
— The New Tropic