Published: Sun, January 20, 2019
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

DeSantis leads on medical marijuana

DeSantis leads on medical marijuana

Gov. Ron DeSantis said he instructed lawmakers to strip the smoking ban from the state's existing medical marijuana legislation, and that he will pursue a separate route if they fail to act within "a couple of weeks" of convening.

"Whether they have to smoke it or not who am I to judge that?"

"This thing should have been implemented, we should have moved on, and I don't want to continue fighting some of these old battles", DeSantis added.

The new governor said he will wait until mid-March before he will drop an appeal filed under then-Gov.

Former Gov. Rick Scott's administration appealed the decision to the 1st District Court of Appeals, which heard arguments in the case January 8, the same day DeSantis was sworn into office.

Amendment 2, which was approved with 72 percent of the vote, allows doctors in Florida to recommend medical use of marijuana for people with debilitating medical conditions such as cancer, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

The new governor announced he wants the legislature to abandon an appeal of a court decision that said a ban on smoking medical marijuana violates the constitutional amendment.

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The open-ended request did not say when the issue would be resolved, but DeSantis gave the Legislature a relatively short period to address the matter after the 2019 session begins on March 5. "They did not vote specifically for what form it comes in", said then-Representative Elizabeth Porter at a committee meeting in 2017.

DeSantis also took aim at the licensing system that the Legislature created for medical marijuana businesses, which he described as creating a "cartel".

Gov. DeSantis has been very busy since taking office on January 7 and laying out his plan for our state's future.

Jeff Sharkey with the Medical Marijuana Business Association says that makes it almost impossible for smaller operations to acquire licenses.

"We need to have the peoples' will represented in good law that is doing what they intended".

"We are also grateful that so many Florida legislators from around the state made it a priority to join in hearing the governor's messages of real importance to Jewish Floridians and beyond". "Many Senators share these concerns and have ideas they are interested in advancing, which include smokable forms of treatment".

"Hardening our schools' security protects our students and the Governor's commitment will help make this possible". Anyone who gets a license in Florida has to grow, process, distribute and sell medical marijuana.

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