Florida Governor Signs Medical Cannabis Bill Into Law

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed Senate Bill 1030 into law, a measure legalizing cannabis extracts for medical purposes.floridamed

The new law – which takes effect immediately – legalizes low-THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), high-CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis extracts for those with cancer, epilepsy and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as long as they receive a recommendation from a physician. A small number of dispensaries where patients can purchase cannabis-based medicines will also be allowed.

In addition, the bill appropriates $1,000,000 in funding to the state’s Department of Health to be used exclusively for studying cannabidiol and its effects on “intractable childhood epilepsy”.

This November a much more expansive proposal – Amendment 2 will be up for a vote. This initiative, which is a constitutional amendment,  would legalize the possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis for medical purposes, and would authorize state-licensed cannabis dispensaries.

Polling from last month found that an overwhelming 88% of Florida voters favor the legalization of medical cannabis.

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3 comments

    • Jason Twitty on June 16, 2014 at 6:34 pm
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    Just had 3 polyps removed does that qualify me

    • Craig on June 16, 2014 at 5:58 pm
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    I really hate it when people start talking Democrat/ Republican on here. Neither party gives a shit about us at the end of the day, so……. Just support amendment 2. Tell all your friends. Tell all your family. Educate people.
    This b.s cannabis law that was just signed is a pathetic attempt to stonewall amendment 2!!! Don’t be duped, folks. Go to the polls and vote for the amendment, and you’ll not have to worry about which Dem, or Rep did what 🙂

    • scott on June 16, 2014 at 5:00 pm
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    at 88% the anti-weeds will be wasting all them millions trying to keep it illegal. Also Fla voters need to REPLACE the governor and the demo debbie who is an anti-weed and not a REAL DEMOCRAT crossing party lines

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