Florida House Rescinds Medical Marijuana Smoking Ban

March 14th, 2019 by admin Leave a reply »

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When Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ requested that lawmakers repeal the state’s ban on smokable medical marijuana, the Florida House obliged. The Governor vowed to fight the ban through the courts, if necessary; however, Bill SB 182  passed by a landslide 101-11 vote on Wednesday. The bill also passed unanimously in the Senate last week by a vote of 38-0.

The “smoking ban,” i.e., not allowing medical marijuana patients to smoke cannabis in flower form, will be rescinded. Under the terms of SB 182, doctors may order a six-month supply of medical marijuana for patients, which is triple the current limit. Fewer trips to the doctor put less stress and hardship on patients. However, many are still critical of the out of pocket costs of medical marijuana, fearing that a lack of insurance coverage will continue to drive patients to the illicit and less expensive marijuana market for their medicine.

Additionally, SB 182 stipulates that only terminally ill minors can smoke and will need the approval of a prescribing physician and a pediatrician. Blunts and tobacco paper will not be allowed.

The bill is now heading to the Governor’s desk for his signature. “I thank the Florida Legislature for taking action on medical marijuana and upholding the will of the voters,” DeSantis tweeted. In a follow-up tweet he particularly thanked House Speaker Representative Jose Oliva, Senate President Bill Galvano, Representative Ray Rodrigues and Senator Jeffrey Brandes for “their

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/sarabrittanysomerset/2019/03/14/florida-house-rescinds-medical-marijuana-smoking-ban/