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Florida: Lawmakers Fail To Reconcile Medical Cannabis Implementation Bills

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Florida Medical Cannabis Implementation Bills

Tallahassee, FL: Lawmakers failed to enact legislation this legislative session establishing rules for the implementation of Amendment 2, a voter-initiated measure legalizing the use, production, and dispensing of medical cannabis. Over 70 percent of voters approved the constitutional amendment in November.

Unless lawmakers convene a special legislative session to address the issue, Department of Health staff will be tasked with establishing regulations for the program. Those rules are due by July 3. The amendment calls for the program to be operational by October.

The agency had previously crafted draft regulations in January. Those provisions received significant pushback because they sought to significantly amend the measure's language and intent.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500, or visit NORML of Florida.