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Florida: Medical Cannabis Smoking Ban Repealed

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Florida: Medical Cannabis

Tallahassee, FL: Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis on Monday signed legislation, Senate Bill 182, repealing the state's blanket ban on the inhalation of herbal forms of medical cannabis. Upon taking office, Gov. DeSantis demanded lawmakers rescind the ban, which he said was contrary to the provisions of the 2016 voter-initiated medical cannabis access law.

The new law took immediate effect.

Under the law, qualified patients are permitted to possess up to four ounces of herbal cannabis if a recommending physician opines "that the benefits of smoking marijuana for medical use outweigh the risks for the qualified patient.

Lawmakers had previously banned the act of smoking medical cannabis or possessing herbal cannabis flowers, except in instances where they are contained "in a sealed, tamper-proof receptacle for vaping" in 2017.

NORML has long argued against limitations on the inhalation of herbal cannabis, opining that inhalation provides patients with the ability to self-titrate their dose and is associated with the rapid and consistent onset of drug effect.

For more information, contact Carly Wolf, NORML State Policies Coordinator, at (202) 483-5500.