Florida: Lawmakers Pass Medical Cannabis Implementation Measure

Tallahassee, FL: Members of the House and Senate have approved legislation to implement Amendment 2 – a voter-initiated constitutional amendment regulating the use of medical cannabis. Republican Gov. Rick Scott has pledged to sign the bill into law.

Lawmakers passed the measure on the final day of Florida’s special legislative session. The measure prohibits patients from inhaling herbal preparations of cannabis, among other restrictions that proponents say violate the initiative’s original intent. One the measure’s key backers, Orlando attorney John Morgan has said that he intends to sue the state over the proposed changes.

Under the law, patients diagnosed with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, or multiple sclerosis – or who suffer from chronic pain related to any of these diseases – are eligible to receive a 70-day supply of cannabis-infused oils or edible products from a limited number of state-licensed dispensing facilities.

Florida’s medical access law must be operational by October.

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org, or visit: http://www.normlfl.org.