Florida: Law Authorizes Medical Marijuana Access To Terminally Ill

Tallahassee, FL: Republican Gov. Rick Scott has signed legislation into law permitting the use of medicinal cannabis to terminally ill patients.

House Bill 307 expands the state’s so-called ‘Right to Try Act’ – legislation that permits terminally ill patients to experiment with non-FDA approved remedies – to include the use of medicinal cannabis. Under the new law, which took immediate effect, patients diagnosed with no more than 12 months to live are eligible to access both low-THC and high-THC strains of cannabis.

The measure also seeks to expand a 2014 law intended to provide low-THC varieties of cannabis to patients with pediatric epilepsy, chronic muscle spasms, or cancer. However, this law is not yet operational.

This November, Florida voters will decide on Amendment 2, a constitutional amendment to permit the physician-authorized use and state-licensed distribution of cannabis for therapeutic purposes. According to Public Policy Polling data released earlier this month, 65 percent of voters endorse the plan and only 28 percent oppose it.

For more information, please contact Danielle Keane, NORML Political Director, at: (202) 483-5500.