Florida legislature passes medical implementation bill


While Florida voters approved the state’s medical cannabis amendment in November, legislation implementing the amendment is finally on its way to the Governor.

Gov. Rick Scott is expected to approve the measure, which prohibits smoking and also allows local governments to ban dispensaries within their borders. The measure also stated there would be a cap of 25 dispensaries per medical cannabis treatment center and there wouldn’t be a sales tax.

Seventy-one percent of Florida voters approved the medical cannabis amendment in the last election, which lists several conditions to qualify for the program. The conditions include cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, PTSD, ALS, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, or other debilitating medical conditions of the same kind or class as or comparable to those enumerated, and for which a physician believes that the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the potential health risks for a patient.