HELP US KEEP REPORTING. DONATE TO ORLANDO WEEKLY PRESS CLUB.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Florida Senate passes repeal of ban on smokable medical marijuana

Posted By on Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 4:37 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA SHUTTERSTOCK
  • Photo via Shutterstock
The Florida Senate voted overwhelmingly to repeal the state's ban on smokable medical marijuana Thursday afternoon.

The bill passed the Senate 34-4, with opposition from Sens. Keith Perry, R-Gainesville; Doug Broxson, R-Gulf Breeze; George Gainer, R-Panama City; and Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater.



The proposed measure allows patient to purchase up to 2.5 ounces of medical marijuana for smoking every 35 days and bans smoking the prescribed cannabis in public. The bill also lets terminally ill children smoke medical marijuana, as long as they have approval from a second doctor. 

The bill comes nearly three years after Florida voters first approved medical marijuana in 2016. State lawmakers banned smoking medical marijuana when they adopted rules for implementing the amendment in 2017.

The ban on smokable medical marijuana was challenged in court, and a state judge ultimately ruled it was unconstitutional. Former Gov. Rick Scott's administration challenged this ruling, but after Gov. Ron DeSantis took office, he promised to drop the appeal unless Florida lawmakers eliminated the ban.

This story is breaking news. Check back here for updates.

Stay on top of Orlando news and views. Sign up for our weekly Headlines newsletter.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues

Calendar

© 2020 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation