Miami – The Florida Congress has until mid-March to amend a law that allows smoking medical marijuana and thus fully comply with the provisions of a constitutional amendment that approved its therapeutic use in 2016.
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that otherwise he will withdraw an appeal made by the state, in the hands of his predecessor Rick Scott , of a court ruling that argued that prohibiting his smoked use violates a constitutional amendment.
The president of the Lower House of Florida, José Oliva, said today they will move with “the same speed” of the governor along with the Senate to present a bill at the beginning of the session and “ensure that patients have options.”
” This is not only an important advance for medical marijuana, but it gives the Florida Legislature the opportunity to review the current statute to more accurately reflect the constitutional amendment ,”Taylor Patrick Biehl , director of the Association , said today. Florida Medical Marijuana Business.
“What the Florida Legislature has done to implement the popular will has not been done in accordance with what the amendment had foreseen,” Republican DeSantis lamented Thursday.
“Whether they (the patients) have to smoke or not, who am I to judge that? I want people to alleviate their suffering.” I do not think this law is up to snuff, “he added.
The medical use of marijuana in Florida came into effect in January 2017 after a plebiscite approved in 2016 by more than 71% of voters.
The outgoing government of Republican Scott introduced the argument to ban smoking marijuana at the First District Court of Appeals in Tallahassee last Tuesday afternoon, when DeSantis took office.
Currently, some 33 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws legalizing marijuana in some form, including a dozen for recreational purposes.