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Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana! But Don't Spark One Up Just Yet…

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Florida has become the 23rd state (24th district if you include Washington, D.C.) to legalize medical marijuana!

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1030 into law this week, and he had lots of support behind him. The bill passed 111-7 in the House and 30-9 in the Senate, so clearly Florida's legislators are all dope fiends. JK! LOLz!

While this is a HUGE step in the fight for the regulated use of medical cannabis, it's only just a small step.

The bill only decriminalizes a medical professional's recommendation for marijuana use and a patient's medically authorized use of a specific strain of low-THC weed.

Basically, it really IS only for medicinal use… not for spicing up a crappy movie or making cereal taste INCREDIBLE.

Doctors can only "order" medical marijuana for patients who have a specific disease or a condition as outlined in the bill. These include Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, seizures, pediatric epilepsy, etc.

The bill only allows five specific companies to cultivate, process and dispense one specific strain and only in an oil form.

That's right, the bill doesn't allow for a smokable form of marijuana. Unlike other states where there are more strains of weed than there are Presidents born in Virginia. (Look it up.)

Though this is a step in the right direction, Florida still has a long way to go.

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5 comments to “Florida Legalizes Medical Marijuana! But Don't Spark One Up Just Yet…”

  1. HempStaff says – reply to this


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    Looking to work in the Florida Medical Cannabis Industry? HempStaff can help!

  2. Hugh Stoner says – reply to this


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    I'm so glad I live in Cali. I have Crohn's disease which is in check due to legal weed. My heart goes out to my brothers and sisters in states who's police funding depends upon infringing on citizen's freedom. Confiscation laws for marijuana reduce police to criminals looking for their next funding fix of federal money and forfeited assets.
    Time to end the madness. New litmus test for all politicians running for office ask them: Are you for marijuana legalization in a manner similar to alcohol? Yes = you get considered for my vote. No = You won't get the vote of the majority of people who now want marijuana legalized. Eventually we will move all marijuana prohibitionists out of elected office, and end the War on Americans. With the populace supporting legalization and the politicians doing the same we can go about replacing the police who insist on their own private war.

  3. Brian Kelly says – reply to this


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    Don't let Governer Cumo fool us.

    "Low-THC strain only" seem to be a new trend in prohibitionist propaganda rhetoric.

    "Conclusion

    Medical marijuana legislation should not be so restrictive as to leave behind around 98% of the individuals who can benefit from it. THC has proven medical benefits and individuals who can benefit from strains that include it should not be forgotten when legislators debate medical marijuana bills."

  4. rick says – reply to this


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    only FL governor candidate who supports full legalization of marijuana and industrial hemp –>>

  5. Dave K, Phoenix, AZ says – reply to this


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    Patients should not be unnecessarily forced to decide between either accessing the whole plant or its isolated components. They should have safe, legal access to both, and politicians, even well-intentioned ones, should not restrict patients’ right to choose the most suitable option. For longtime marijuana law reformers, the ongoing political conversation surrounding CBD is instructive. It makes it clear that many politicians’ public opposition to the idea of patients using marijuana therapeutically isn't because of supposed unanswered questions surrounding the plant’s safety or efficacy. Rather, it is because lawmakers oppose the idea of some people getting high or becoming happy and relaxed from a naturally growing herb. The fact that patients can get equally high or even higher from FDA-approved synthetic THC has, for whatever reason, never been an expressed concern of either lawmakers or prohibitionists. After all, the very same politicians who argue that marijuana isn't medicine because it hasn't been approved by the FDA or who allege that the substance hasn't yet been subjected to sufficient scientific scrutiny utter no such public objections to the idea of legalizing patient access to CBD – a schedule I compound that hasn't been reviewed, much less approved by the FDA, and that has been clinically studied far less than cannabis.