Florida Makes It Legal to Smoke Medical Marijuana
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Florida Makes It Legal to Smoke Medical Marijuana
Posted by CN Staff on March 21, 2019 at 06:06:49 PT
By Ed Dickson
Source: Rolling Stone
Florida -- Way back when in 2016, the majority of Florida voters (more than 70 percent) said yes to a constitutional amendment that would make medical marijuana legal. But when then-Gov. Rick Scott — he of brutal dictatorial regime-supporting fame — signed it into law in 2017, he curbed the forms of cannabis that would be available: Concentrates such capsules, topicals, tinctures and vapes were fine, as were flower sealed into pods for vaping, but according to the law, smokable pot would not be available in the state.More than two years later, Floridians have gotten their way: Gov. Ron DeSantis has just signed legislation overturning his predecessor’s ban, thereby legalizing smoking medical marijuana in the state.
The bill, which was co-sponsored by Republican State Sen. Jeff Brandes and Democrat Linda Stewart, allows patients over the age of 18 to have 2.5 ounces of marijuana flower every 35 days; patients under the age of 18 can also have access to smokable medical marijuana provided they have been diagnosed with a terminal illness and have a second opinion from a pediatrician. The bill also requires patients to sign an informed consent form acknowledging the health risks of smoking marijuana.Between 2017 and 2019, medical marijuana advocacy groups argued that concentrates may not work for all patients. DeSantis’s legislation ensures that it will now be legal for physicians to prescribe smokable marijuana to patients when they deem it necessary.“I thank my colleagues in the legislature for working with me to ensure the will of the voters is upheld,” DeSantis said in a statement, a reference to how many Floridians had voted in support of medical marijuana back in 2016. “Now that we have honored our duty to find a legislative solution, I have honored my commitment and filed a joint motion to dismiss the state’s appeal and to vacate the lower court decision which had held the prior law to be unconstitutional.”Source: Rolling Stone (US)Author:  Ed DicksonPublished: March 20, 2019Copyright: 2019 Straight Arrow Publishers Company, L.P.Contact: letters rollingstone.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on April 13, 2019 at 11:57:49 PT
Had Enough
Of course you will!
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on April 13, 2019 at 05:10:59 PT
Had Enough
I know you will! I am so happy for you!
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Comment #8 posted by Had Enough on April 11, 2019 at 21:19:12 PT
Florida Law
We'll get her done. 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on April 10, 2019 at 14:14:00 PT
The wait is over in some states.
New Mexico a week or two ago and New Hampshire today. Prohibition is still alive and biting people, no doubt, but it's getting weaker every day.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on April 10, 2019 at 13:18:02 PT
 Had Enough
I'm sorry.
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Comment #5 posted by Had Enough on April 08, 2019 at 12:39:21 PT
Florida bill to legalize recreational marijuana
Florida bill to legalize recreational marijuana dies without a hearing or voteState Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith’s bill to allow recreational marijuana in Florida is dead, but the Orlando Democrat hopes it moved the conversation forward on legalizing pot.“It got no hearing, no debate, no vote,” Smith said. “Just like they always do.”Smith’s bill would have allowed those age 21 and older to use marijuana for personal use in limited amounts, as well as license establishments to manufacture and sell it. It would have also provided limits on the number of such stores and allowed cities to ban them if they chose.Orlando attorney John Morgan has said he wants to put recreational marijuana on the ballot as a referendum in 2020, though he’s mostly focused on his proposed minimum wage of $15 an hour.Smith was critical of Republican bill that would make it harder for petition-driven initiatives to get on the ballot for approval.The bill would require paid petition gatherers to be Florida residents and that ballot initiatives include a financial impact statement and state the percentage of financial backing coming from Florida residents.“They’re changing the rules of the game in the middle of the game,” Smith said. “A lot of activists feel very frustrated. They followed the rules, did what they were told, and now all of a sudden the Legislature wants to enact a new set of rules.”
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Comment #4 posted by Sam Adams on April 01, 2019 at 14:20:20 PT
looks like we did pretty well in that poll! 96 percent????
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Comment #3 posted by Soup Herb on March 27, 2019 at 03:26:38 PT:
Thanks as well, I enjoy supporting anyway I can...
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on March 26, 2019 at 23:08:19 PT
Sam Adams,
Thanks, I voted.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on March 25, 2019 at 19:27:22 PT
Poll: Should Alabama legalize medical marijuana?
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