With some amendments, heated debates and about three weeks to spare, the Senate’s invoice to repeal a ban on smokable medical marijuana is headed to the ground earlier than the March 15 deadline set by Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis in January tasked the Legislature with amending Florida legislation to permit smoking medical marijuana. If legislators don’t vote by the deadline, the governor mentioned he’ll accomplish that with litigation. The primary time SB 182 got here by way of a committee, Sen. Jeff Brandes mentioned it was altered past what he might defend.
However, when Senators unanimously voted to approve an amended model within the Senate Guidelines Committee on Wednesday, Brandes stated “We’re getting nearer. The tip is in sight; we’re not far.” Brandes amended the invoice so that the requirement for a second opinion for non-terminal sufferers applies solely to sufferers underneath 18. The modification requiring a second opinion for all non-terminal sufferers put ahead by Sen. Gayle Harrell gave Brandes pause the primary time around.
Brandes’ modification additionally deletes a provision that prohibits a medical marijuana remedy middle from promoting merchandise like pipes, bongs or rolling papers and specifies that this merchandise could be purchased elsewhere for sufferers who’re useful. It establishes a Medical Marijuana Analysis and Schooling Board to direct the operations of a consortium, specifies that smokable medical marijuana can’t be banned from nursing houses and hospice amenities that already enable medical marijuana and addresses dispensaries to supply no less than one sort of pre-rolled medical marijuana cigarette.