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Florida Senate passes medical marijuana implementing bill

Florida Senate passes medical marijuana implementing bill

Democrats on Friday, however, assailed the measure as a "slush fund" for Scott.

Assuming the bill is signed by Gov. "I look forward to a robust conversation with my colleagues on this proposal, and I urge their support so that we can address this important issue during the Special Session". Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth. The proposal would ban smoking medical marijuana, though it would allow vaping.

Edwards said proponents are using social media - including a #nosmokeisajoke Twitter campaign - to pressure lawmakers to approve smoking, but the question of what the amendment actually requires remains unanswered.

The requirement that a patient be in the care of a certified doctor for 90 days has been removed.

To qualify for medical marijuana, patients must have cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis or a condition of the "same kind or class", though what precisely that means is uncertain.

Purchases of medical marijuana will be sales-tax free.

Doctors who want to recommend marijuana for patients can not have a financial interest in a grower or testing lab.

"The idea of allowing smoking, or not smoking, has been one of the most hard decisions, no doubt about it". Ray Rodrigues, who was the House's point person on the bill.

But the compromise put together by legislators would ban the smoking of medical marijuana.

The amendment, which was passed by 71 percent of voters in November, states that laws must be in place by July 3 and enacted by October. They have to pass a background check and complete a training course that can cost up to $100. If a patient is a minor, a caregiver must be certified. Advocates still would like to see caregivers not subject to penalties if they have to administer marijuana in the case of an emergency.

Caregivers can not be paid for their work. Those growers are responsible for all cultivation, processing, transportation and sale of marijuana. The measure also would require health officials to give preference for up to two licenses for applicants now or previously involved in "the canning, concentrating, or otherwise processing of citrus fruit or citrus molasses", a component that raised eyebrows during discussion of the Senate proposal Thursday.

If the chambers can't bridge their differences, they can't go home.

Stein, among others, is also concerned about some last-minute additions to the bill, including a mandate that citrus canning factories be given preferential consideration for two of the ten new licenses. Four more centers will be licensed per 100,000 patients.

Sources close to the process told Sunshine State News the legislation would cap MMTCs at 25 retail facilities, which would include a grandfathering provision for existing stores and leaseholds. Plus, if one license holder doesn't open up its maximum amount of dispensaries, it can sell the extra numbers to another license holder.

The vendors would each be allowed to operate up to 25 dispensaries - and possibly more - throughout Florida. "Those caps on dispensaries would sunset in 2020". The Legislature in 2014 passed a law that allowed non-euphoric cannabis for some patients and passed a 2016 law that made marijuana available to people with terminal illnesses.

But the Senate and the House started this week's three-day special legislative session with different ways of paying for the extra school money: the House through money from vetoed projects and the Senate by an upwards adjustment in the property taxes statewide.


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